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Daniel Lipinski's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 3, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
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Daniel Lipinski has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Daniel Lipinski 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • David M. Herszenhorn. New York Times: Another House Democrat Demands Abortion Restrictions. 9 March 2010. "Protecting the sanctity of life is a matter of principle for me and tens of millions of Americans. In addition, an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the use of tax dollars to pay for abortion. Therefore, if a health care bill that fails to prevent federal funding of abortion is brought to the floor of the House, I will vote against it." (prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com)
  • John Kass. Chicago Tribune: Lipinski Lonely but Proud to be Pro-Life Democrat. 28 March 2010. "I could not vote for a bill [the Affordable Care Act] that would change the status quo on funding for abortion....It's not just about being against something, it's believing that every individual deserves dignity and respect, whoever they are, at whatever stage of life they're in. That is something I hear my Democratic colleagues say. And I say that it's self-evident that the individual is there at conception." (articles.chicagotribune.com)
  • Julian Pecquet. The Hill: Democrat Lipinski Cuts Lone Figure at Anti-Abortion Rally. 24 January 2011. "If we are going to change this country's laws, we need to have pro-life members of both parties...It's not easy being a pro-life Democrat. There are people who don't want me there. But I tell you, I have said I will never back down." (thehill.com)
  • Sarah Pullam Bailey. Christianity Today: What it Means to be a Pro-Life Democrat. 28 August 2008. "It's always a difficult issue for a pro-life Democrat, because the Democratic Party is not going to have a pro-life platform. It's not going to happen. It's very unfortunate, but I think it's very important for the Democratic Party to have pro-life party. As some of my pro-life Democratic colleagues say, it's no use preaching to the choir. You have to go out and evangelize. We just have to keep working on fellow Democrats. It's a tough position to be in. I think the party from the top and leadership has been much more open to pro-life Democrats. Unfortunately, there are still some groups really trying to get rid of pro-life Democrats." (blog.christianitytoday.com)
  • Dan Lipinski. Lipinski Promotes Comprehensive Effort to Provide Support for Pregnant Women. 20 September 2006. "Abortion is a highly contentious issue, but everyone can agree on the desire to reduce the number women seeking abortions in America. This bill takes a big-picture approach to the issue, with an emphasis on providing pregnant women with support and assistance in carrying their child to term." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 66 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Daniel Lipinski voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the Family Research Council 62 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 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 Daniel Lipinski a rating of 75 percent." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Lipinski. Lipinski Votes for Bipartisan Tax Cut Compromise. 16 December 2010. "During these tough economic times we cannot afford to raise taxes, especially on the struggling middle class," Congressman Lipinski said. "Extending the tax cuts and lowering the payroll tax will put more money into the pockets of the people who need it most, and enable them to use it as they see fit, helping to promote growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 19 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jane Michaels. The Doings La Grange - Lipinski's Call for Debt Reduction Meets With Approval at Chamber. 19 July 2012. "When asked if he favors extending the Bush-era tax credits for all, including those making more than $250,000 a year, Lipinski said he believes we need to prevent a tax increase on the middle class, but that extending the tax cuts for the highest earners should be considered in the context of the need to reduce the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Lipinski. Lipinski Votes for Middle Class Tax Cut. 1 August 2012. "With unemployment still at 8.2 percent, middle-class Americans cannot afford a tax hike," Rep. Lipinski said. "Had the House voted with the Senate as I did today to extend tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000, we could have put those American families at ease by ensuring that their income taxes will not go up next year [¦] The bottom line is this: if we extend all the tax cuts and rescind the sequester cuts without concern for breaking the promise we made to reduce the debt in last year's Budget Control Act, how much longer will investors trust Congress's commitment to debt reduction and continue to lend the U.S. money at low interest rates? Is Congress serious about deficit reduction and America's future, or are we going to continue to be irresponsible until it is too late?" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 15 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Daniel Lipinski voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Daniel Lipinski a rating of 20 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Dan Lipinski. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 3: Daniel W. Lipinski. 28 October 2011. "A "one-size-fits-all" federal approach will not work. Instead, I believe the Race to the Top program should include multiple approaches to assessing student learning and it should give local parents and educators a role in developing plans to improve our schools." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Dan Lipinski. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaires “ Dan Lipinski. 28 October 2011. "I agree with the overall goals of the administration's bold approach, including its focus on teacher accountability and student outcomes, and why I support vouchers and performance pay. While I do have some concerns about the implementation of Race to the Top, most of the President's goals are common sense: We need higher standards in schools, we need to change the way many of our schools do business, we should have more charter schools, and we should reward teachers and administrators who excel. We should do a better job of assessing and tracking performance, and we should judge schools based on their success at educating our children. While it is clearly a good idea to reward states and districts that implement successful reforms, the evaluation of proposals is harder. Race to the Top uses a complicated 500 point scoring system to determine which states receive money. But, for instance, only 15 of the 500 points are for STEM education, an area that should be a top priority. After watching Illinois fall from fifth to fifteenth between the first two rounds of the program “ despite a greatly improved application “ I am increasingly concerned about the scoring system. It is similarly difficult to evaluate teacher effectiveness and student performance. Testing needs to be part of this process, but we do not want to substitute achievement on tests for true learning." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Daniel Lipinski voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Daniel Lipinski in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Lipinski. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Daniel Lipinski voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Daniel Lipinski voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Daniel Lipinski a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Daniel Lipinski voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Lipinski. Let's Stop the Posturing. 11 July 2012. "Mr. Speaker, we have heard hours of impassioned speeches on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, most defending all or nothing, and pitting us against them. But the American people aren't interested in the politics. They want us to focus on what we can do moving forward to make good health care more affordable for them without breaking the bank [¦] I believe the ACA is flawed, and I parted ways with the majority of my Democratic colleagues in voting against it in 2010 [¦] But we all agree there are good provisions. The bill expanded access to care and improved health insurance by doing things such as prohibiting discrimination based on preexisting conditions and extending family coverage to children up to the age of 26. Why, then, are we being asked to blindly throw out the good with the bad, or alternatively, to simply let the law stand with no changes at all? A few months after I voted against the ACA, in a town hall meeting in Hickory Hills, I was asked by an opponent of the law if I would vote to repeal it. I said, 'No. We need a fix, not a repeal that would take us back to the status quo.'" (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Daniel Lipinski voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Lipinski. Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Law Decision. 28 June 2012. "More than two years have passed since I voted against the health care law because it is unaffordable, cuts Medicare, does not do enough to lower the soaring cost of health care, and would allow federal funding for abortion," Rep. Lipinski said. "The details about the law that have emerged in the meantime have only added to my concerns, and I have continued to work to fix the many problems with it. The Supreme Court's decision does not change my opposition to the law or my dedication to changing the law." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Dan Lipinski. Lipinski Continues to Support Secure Borders and Legal Immigration . 10 April 2006. "Currently, more than four million potential immigrants around the world are waiting for their paperwork to be processed so they can enter the U.S. legally. It will be years (in the case of Mexico and the Philippines, often ten years or more) before they can enter the country under current quotas. Blanket amnesty for the 11 million already here illegally could delay or prevent the legal immigration of those who are complying with the law. I cannot support legislation that would hurt families following the rules established for legal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Lipinski. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaires “ Dan Lipinski. 28 October 2011. "However, we must not grant amnesty to anyone who is here illegally. While we recognize that most immigrants who are in our country today are hard working people who came to build a better life, we should not give any advantage in seeking citizenship to those who are residing here illegally. They should have to go through the same legal channels as any other person hoping to some day become an American citizen. America must be careful to avoid implementing policies that will encourage further illegal immigration." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Daniel Lipinski voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Lipinski. Lipinski Votes Against Amnesty Bill. 8 December 2010. "If you look past the rhetoric, you will find that this bill [the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, H.R. 5281] would allow upwards of 2 million people who are in this country illegally to become citizens...As a result, it will encourage more people to enter our country illegally, compete for all-too-scarce jobs, and drive down wages for struggling American workers. At the same time, it does nothing to increase the security of our borders." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Lipinski. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 3: Daniel W. Lipinski. 28 October 2011. "I do not support same-sex marriage. Federal law relating to marriage is currently governed by the Defense of Marriage Act. This legislation sets the federal government's definition of marriage as "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife." This definition protects the longstanding tradition of marriage, and serves as a strong commitment by the federal government to protecting the core values of this country in any future policymaking decisions." (www.suntimes.com)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the American Family Association 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Daniel Lipinski voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 57 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the Family Research Council 71 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Daniel Lipinski voted Did Not Vote on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 52 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Lipinski. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Daniel Lipinski voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Lipinski. Lipinski Opposes Government Recognition of Gay Marriages, Opposes Political Ploy. 18 July 2006. "My vote 'present' was my own message - while I have always opposed government recognition of gay marriages and continue to do so, I believe that since the Senate already had disposed of this amendment last month we should be spending our time on the House floor debating, voting on, and passing legislation we can get enacted this year to help American families." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Daniel Lipinski supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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