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Rubén E. Hinojosa, Sr.

Rubén Hinojosa, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Rubén E. Hinojosa, Sr.
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 15, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 15
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Martha (Marty); 5 Children: Rubén Jr., Laura, Iliana, Kaitlin, Karén
Birth Date: 08/20/1940
Birth Place: Edcouch, TX
Home City: Mercedes, TX
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (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 Rubén Hinojosa-Flores a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Did Not Vote on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Hinojosa Votes To Support Troops, Military Families. 30 July 2009. "To protect our troops on the battlefield and make sure that our soldiers are well-prepared for any challenge that comes their way, this legislation provides our military with first class equipment. It gives them the weapons they need to fight the wars of today and prepare for the battles of tomorrow. For the first time since the beginning of operations in Iraq, this bill also budgets for Overseas Deployment and other activities in Iraq and Afghanistan for the upcoming fiscal year." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa's Statements On The State Of The Union. 27 January 2010. "We as a nation must stand strong against those who wish to harm our country and U.S. citizens around the world. I support President Obama in his decisions to fight terrorists in Afghanistan and to wind down the conflict in Iraq. We are all in full support of our nation's servicemen and women who are protecting us worldwide." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Did Not Vote on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa Praises the End of the War in Iraq, with All U.S. Troops Being Brought Home by December 31. 14 December 2011. "With the end of the war in Iraq, we can focus on nation building at home [¦] One trillion dollars were spent on that war and now it is time to invest in the American people -- creating jobs, strengthening the middle class, and building an American future worthy of our veterans' sacrifice." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Issue Position: Military & Defense. 1 January 2011. "Despite his concerns about the reasons behind the U.S. action in Iraq, and his support for troop redeployments outside Iraq, Congressman Hinojosa has consistently supported legislation to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan so that our troops have the equipment, supplies, and munitions they need to protect themselves and do their job." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa Votes NO on Ryan Republican Budget That Would Destroy Medicare. 15 April 2011. "Mr. Ryan's savings all come from cuts, and at least two-thirds of them come from programs serving the poor. The wealthy, meanwhile, would see their taxes lowered, and the Defense Department would escape the budget cuts." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa Votes NO on Ryan Republican Budget That Would Destroy Medicare. 15 April 2011. "While there is no doubt that we need to tighten our belts when it comes to spending, I see no compassion in Mr. Ryan's budget. It appears the Republicans are comfortable with slashing benefits from our Senior citizens, our children, our low-income and middle class families without touching the rich." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa Votes to Extend Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Insurance. 17 February 2012. "Today Congress passed the Payroll Tax cut bill, HR 3630. I voted for this bill and I will tell you why. I did it because it will extend the payroll tax cut for 160 million middle class Americans, it will continue to pay unemployment insurance benefits for Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and it guarantees our seniors on Medicare will have access to the doctors of their choice. But Republicans put this bill together in such a way that it exposes their unfair and downright mean approach to keeping the rich safe. So while I voted for this compromise payroll tax cut bill, I still stand in protest to the fact that Republicans continue to protect the rich while tearing away at middle-class and low-income families." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. A Statement from Congressman Ruben Hinojosa on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "I want to also mention that I voted to extend the "Bush Tax Cuts" which began in 2001. There is one simple reason I voted to extend it. It is because it helps ALL American Taxpayers. This helps the low-income, the middle class and the upper class. Every American benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa: Statement on the Republican Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. 21 March 2012. "The Republican budget introduced today by Rep. Paul Ryan today is an example of Republicans trying to do an end run on Americans. Their budget for 2013 is a repeat of last year's budget: it once again ends the Medicare guarantee while protecting tax cuts for the wealthy [¦] What we need is smart leadership and President Obama does have a plan, a good and solid plan. It's an approach that asks the wealthiest to pay their fair share, makes tough cuts to programs we can't afford, and it strengthens Medicare with reforms that would reduce overpayments to drug companies, improve the quality of care, and protect Medicare's commitment to America's seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Rubén Hinojosa-Flores a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ruben Hinojosa. Letter To Sander Levin, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and David Lee 'Dave' Camp, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. 10 December 2010. "I am writing to ask that you include a two year renewal of tax incentives for empowerment zones (EZs), renewal communities (RCs), and enterprise communities (ECs) in any upcoming legislation to extend expiring tax measures. As you know, empowerment zones and renewal communities were developed by Congress to target distressed communities with high poverty and unemployment, and use a combination of tools to begin to reverse the decades of neglect in these communities. There have been three separate rounds (1993, 1997, and 2000) in which Congress has authorized the designation of empowerment zones, designed to spur employment and economic revitalization in these communities. The EZ, RC, EC incentives expired on December 31, 2009, and the House of Representatives has previously passed legislation to extend the tax incentives on December 7, 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa Votes to Pass Small Business Jobs Act to Help Economic Growth. 23 September 2010. "Today, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa voted to spur economic growth and create 500,000 new jobs by encouraging the development of American small businesses. The Small Business Jobs Act, H.R. 5297, increases much-needed lending to millions of small businesses, and offers 8 new tax incentives to companies, so that they may expand, hire, and fuel our economy. It also keeps jobs in America by closing tax loopholes that reward corporations that ship jobs overseas. 'This bill provides vital access to capital and tax relief to America's small businesses to encourage them to invest and hire new workers,' said Rep. Hinojosa. 'Small businesses are the foundation of our economy and are an integral part of creating jobs and rebuilding the economy for the future. We owe it to them to ensure that they have a business environment in this country that helps them grow and flourish. Increased access to capital and new tax cuts will not only keep jobs in America, and in our communities, it will allow small businesses to thrive across this nation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Op-Ed: Small Business, Jobs And Wall Street Reform. 29 January 2010. "In President Obama's State of the Union Address, the President proposed lending $30 billion of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds to community banks to increase lending to small businesses. President Obama also proposed eliminating capital gains taxes on small businesses investments and implementing tax incentives for small businesses that hire new workers or raise the wages of existing workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Hinojosa Backs Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act. 21 May 2008. "The weak economy has left families and business across South Texas struggling to make ends meet. Extending the research and development tax credit will help create jobs and giving millions of Americans tax relief will make it a little easier for families to get through these rough economic times." (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

  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa's Statements On The State Of The Union. 27 January 2010. "In Congress, I have worked with my colleagues on the Education and Labor Committee to make investments in high-quality education programs for low-income students. I am quite pleased that President Obama and Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, have made early childhood education a high priority for the administration. Reportedly, $4 Billion is proposed for the next fiscal year to revamp programs such as 'No Child Left Behind' and 'Race To The Top'. Overall this would be a 6.2% rise in spending on education." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. More Than $2 Billion In Recovery Funds Now Available For Texas To Save Jobs And Drive Reform. 24 June 2009. "These historic federal investments made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help provide relief to our local school systems and make certain that they continue to increase access to a high quality education for all students. I am hopeful that Texas will continue to provide the U.S. Department of Education with the assurances required to ensure that we are making progress in reforming our educational system and doing what is necessary to prepare our young people for college and beyond." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Hinojosa on State of the Union. 20 January 2004. "Despite the promise of the landmark 'No Child Left Behind Act', year after year the Republicans have refused to provide even the bare minimum of federal funding required to implement the reforms of this new law. As a result, local schools have made little progress and are struggling to meet the mandates of the bill in the face of state budget cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 66 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Rubén Hinojosa-Flores a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa Announces Donut Hole Checks Are Now On Their Way to Tens of Thousands of Seniors. 9 June 2010. "Today, U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced that, starting tomorrow, Medicare will begin mailing out to tens of thousands of seniors $250 'donut hole' checks. Under the recently enacted health reform law, seniors who fall in the donut hole coverage gap in 2010 will receive this one-time tax-free $250 rebate check. These checks will continue to be mailed monthly over the next several months as seniors enter the coverage gap. The checks are just the first benefit from health reform for seniors in the Medicare Prescription Drug program. Beginning in January 2011, seniors in the donut hole will receive a 50% discount on brand name drugs. By 2020, the donut hole will be completely closed. 'This is the first example of how the health care reform bill will strengthen Medicare and help seniors', said Hinojosa. 'Prescription drugs cost many people thousands of dollars a year and this check is a down payment on reducing prescription drug costs for seniors and eventually closing the donut hole altogether.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 February 2011. "I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 2. Over one-third of my constituents in the 15th Congressional District of Texas are currently uninsured. With passage of the Affordable Care Act, that number, which has risen year after year, is finally coming down. I project that the percentage of uninsured individuals could drop to only 10 percent. Right now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, children who are 26 and under can stay on their parents' policy as they finish school and search for a job. With the passage of health care reform in 2010, senior citizens who hit the doughnut hole are now going to receive rebates and small businesses have had their taxes cut, all the result of the Affordable Care Act. If the proposed health care act repeal were to pass, it will destroy this progress I have seen in my district and in my State." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Texas Democratic Members Applaud Passage Of Health Care Reform. 21 March 2010. "As members of the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation, we joined together today to support this landmark health care reform legislation to deliver coverage to the most uninsured state in the nation and our communities which lead the country in the number of uninsured. This pivotal moment in our nation's history will deliver affordable, accessible health care coverage to all Americans, and this plan will take a stand against rising premiums in Texas which have doubled over the past decade. No longer will our families have to compromise their health because they can't afford health insurance, and no longer will insurance companies discriminate against our constituents based on pre-existing conditions, gender or illness." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 79 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 50 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Family Research Council 42 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Did Not Vote on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Hinojosa Opposes Same-Sex Marriage and Opposes Changing the U.S. Constitution. 30 September 2004. "I oppose, and have always opposed same-sex marriage. However, I also oppose changing the U.S. Constitution in ways that discriminate against groups of people, curtail individual liberties and restrict state's rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Rubén Hinojosa-Flores. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Rubén Hinojosa-Flores voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Ruben Hinojosa. Issue Position: Homeland & National Security. 28 September 2012. "National Security Priorities [¦] Eliminating dangerous terrorist cells within our nation and abroad through increased intelligence, international cooperation, and a strong military." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "President Obama deserves great credit for giving the authority to proceed with this successful mission in ending the terrorist reign of the mass murderer Osama bin Laden [¦] I will continue to do all that I can here in the U.S. Congress to support the fight against terrorism around the world and to keep our great nation safe." (votesmart.org)
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

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Rubén Hinojosa-Flores supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Ruben Hinojosa 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)

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Congressional Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate all principles you support concerning abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other
Indicate your position concerning affirmative action programs.
Xa) The federal government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
c) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
d) The federal government should provide affirmative actions programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
e) The federal government should not provide any affirmative action programs.
f) Other
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
a) AIDS Programs
b) Arts funding
c) Education (K-12)
d) Environmental programs
e) Housing projects
f) Job training programs
g) Law enforcement
h) Medicaid
i) Medicare
j) NASA
k) Student loan programs
l) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other
2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?
a) Agriculture
b) Education
c) Farm subsidies
d) Food stamps
e) Law enforcement
f) Medicaid
g) Medicare
h) School lunches
i) Welfare
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
c) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
d) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support to address crime.
Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
e) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
f) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) Expand funding for community policing programs.
h) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xi) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
Xj) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
l) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
m) Other
Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
1) CIA appropriations
2) Defense plant conversion
3) Military hardware
4) Military space shuttle missions
5) Pay for active duty personnel
6) Development of new weapons
7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
Undecided1) Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?
Undecided2) Do you support funding the National Service Program (Ameri-Corps) in which young people receive money from the federal government for college in return for performing community service?
3) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.
Xa) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
b) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
c) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues.
f) Other
Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources.
a) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
b) Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
Xc) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
d) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
e) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
f) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
g) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the amounts charged to mining companies using federal lands.
h) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
j) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
k) Require that a percentage of purchases made by federal agencies include recycled components.
l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federal1) Border security
Federal2) Civil rights enforcement
State3) Education
Federal4) Environmental cleanup
State5) Job training
State6) Law enforcement
Federal7) Low-income housing
Federal8) Medicaid
Federal9) Medicare
Federal10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
Undecided1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
Undecided2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
Undecided3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Undecided4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
Undecided5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
Undecided6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
Undecided7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?
8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.
a) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
b) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
Xc) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
d) Other
9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.
Xa) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
Xb) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
e) Other
10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.
a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xb) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
Xc) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
Xd) The US should pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
e) The US should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.
a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.
a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
b) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
d) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
e) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
f) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
g) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
h) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
e) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
f) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.
a) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
d) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
Xe) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
f) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
Xg) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
h) Other
YesShould the President be allowed to veto certain items of legislation while signing spending or tax bills into law?
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.
Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.
Xa) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
Xd) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xf) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
Xg) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
Xh) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other
1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only.
Income Taxes
a) Retiree income over $40,000
b) Family income less than $25,000
c) Family income $25-75,000
d) Family income $75-150,000
e) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues
Slightly Increasef) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statush) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increasei) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Corporate income taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Decreasel) Estate taxes
Slightly Increasem) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusn) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
Undecided2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Undecided3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
Yes1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
2) If you support term limits, how many years should each serve?
Senator (years)

12

Representatives (years)

12

Indicate which principles you support concerning terrorism.
a) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
b) Relax wiretapping restrictions to give the FBI broader authority to investigate terrorist suspects.
c) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
Xe) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
f) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
h) Other
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Yes6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Undecided7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
Xc) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xe) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xf) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed in certain industries.
g) Eliminate any governmental programs designed to reduce unemployment.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding the US welfare system.
a) Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay child support.
Xb) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xc) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xd) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
e) Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
f) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
g) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
Xi) Increase funding of programs that prevent teen pregnancy and family break-up.
Xj) Support programs that give incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
k) Other
1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.
2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.
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