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Cedric L. Richmond

Cedric Richmond's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Cedric L. Richmond
Office: U.S. House (LA) - District 2, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 12/02/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
Primary Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Single
Birth Date: 09/13/1973
Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
Home City: Baton Rouge, LA
Religion: Christian - Baptist
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Cedric Richmond refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Cedric Richmond. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 23 November 2011. "Is the legislation that just came out of the House of Representatives perfect? No, it is not. The inclusion of the Stupack-Pitts amendment, which was added at the eleventh hour to gain passage of the House bill, is disturbing. This amendment would be a blow to a woman's right to choose and would mark a significant step backwards on the hard-fought abortion rights victories of the past three and a half decades. The President and many members of both the House and the Senate have said they will oppose this amendment if it appears in the final version of the healthcare bill. I believe that is the right thing to do." (votesmart.org)
  • Cedric Richmond. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Cedric Richmond voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cedric Richmond. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Cedric Richmond 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 Cedric Richmond in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cedric Richmond. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Cedric Richmond voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (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

  • Cedric Richmond. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Cedric Richmond voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cedric Richmond. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Cedric Richmond voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cedric Richmond. League of Women Voters of New Orleans: 2010 U. S. Representative 2nd Congressional District. Responded "While the costs of our two wars is burdensome, those costs cannot be weighed against the lives of the men and women that put their lives on the line for our safety every day. I support a re-evaluation of the military engagements in which our armed forces are currently involved, and I agree with President Obama's plan to withdraw, as quickly as possible, in Iraq. This will not only save the taxpayers billions of dollars annually, but bring our men in women in uniform home where they belong -- with their families" to the question: "How will you balance the continuing costs of military actions with the costs of domestic needs?" (lwvno.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

  • Cedric Richmond. Straight Talk in the Debt Ceiling. 24 September 2012. "While both parties agree that the federal government must reduce government expenses, Democrats want a deal to include more tax revenue from those who can most afford to contribute. Republicans have refused to compromise on this point, stating their unwillingness to consider any even moderate tax increases." (richmond.house.gov)
  • Cedric Richmond. Idea from Mary Anne Cazaubon. 02 June 2011. "I think, Mr. Speaker, that this is very interesting because we're talking about a 72-year-old lady who survives on $1,150 per month, and she has taken the time not only to watch C-SPAN but to join in the conversation with me and the people's House to say that she understands that people who make more should pay a little bit more." (richmond.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cedric Richmond. Dialogue with the American People. 4 May 2011. "The total amount of U.S. debt today is in the neighborhood of $14 trillion and the current debt limit is $14.294 trillion. The Department of the Treasury estimates that the debt will reach very close to this limit the week of May 16, at which time we will be forced to do some courageous things to avoid jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the United States of America. So, what is the big picture? Well, the fact is over the last several years the U.S. experienced an imbalance between spending and revenues. As a result of the recession, we spent much more than we brought in. I would like to point out that our recent spending spurred hiring in the private sector. It also provided small businesses with unprecedented tax relief. It helped home buyers purchase homes in this tough market; it helped police, teachers and firefighters continue to get paid; and it helped cities and towns across America weather this financial storm." (votesmart.org)
  • Cedric Richmond. Roll Call - Richmond: Protect Loans to Increase Exports. 3 March 2011. "The president and Congressional Democrats recognize the importance of small-business incentives and assistance. Augmented funding in the economic stimulus package -- which a Democratic majority drove to enactment two years ago -- increased the SBA budget and, in effect, raised American support for small business to its highest level in a decade. The Democratic-backed Small Business Jobs Act, passed last year, continued that trend. It allowed the SBA to increase the top amounts of its biggest lending programs, including the Export Working Capital Program loans and the International Trade Loan Program. These funds ensure firms have the necessary capital to buy equipment and hire new workers, especially during the critical time of bringing on a new buyer or hedging an opportunity in a new market." (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

  • Cedric Richmond. Richmond: People Want Jobs, Not Poltiics. 04 October 2011. "Tax Cuts to Help America's Small Businesses Hire and Grow: In Louisiana, 80,000 firms will receive a payroll tax cut under the American Jobs Act. The plan would cut the payroll tax in half to 3.1% for employers on the first $5 million in wages." (richmond.house.gov)
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

  • Cedric Richmond. Facebook: Wall. 16 May 2012. "This funding is critical as we address the disparities in Louisiana's public education system and seek to transform our worst performing schools. As a product of Louisiana's public school system, I cannot stand by while our school system disintegrates. Our students deserve to attend schools that will provide them with the tools to succeed. I applaud Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan for his commitment and support." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cedric Richmond. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Cedric Richmond voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cedric Richmond. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Cedric Richmond voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Cedric Richmond in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Cedric Richmond. WWL - "Assault weapons ban proposed". 12 March 2008. "Already filed for the regular session is a bill from New Orleans East lawmaker Cedric Richmond that would require registration of weapons deemed assault weapons, and another bill to ban their sale. "I like to hunt, I own a rifle, but I shouldn't own an AK-47. I shouldn't have an Uzi," said Richmond. This comes after New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley said his officers are being overwhelmed by criminals' firepower. "Will this fix it? No, but it will drive the cost of those weapons up tremendously on the black market," Richmond said." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cedric Richmond. Rep. Richmond Celebrates Affordable Care Act One Year Anniversary. 23 March 2011. "One year ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act for America giving every American family, every parent, every child, and every senior access to affordable health insurance. A doctor for every family is what healthcare reform is truly about. Over the past year, many Americans benefitted from advancements in healthcare insurance. Young adults under the age of 26 may now remain on their parents' health plan, if they don't have coverage of their own. Children under the age of 19 can no longer be denied coverage by an insurance company for having pre-existing conditions. Seniors are seeing the Medicare Part D donut hole begin to close. More than 4 million small businesses were eligible to receive a tax credit to make health coverage more affordable. In 2014, when the Exchange kicks in, everyone will have greater access to quality care." (votesmart.org)
  • Cedric Richmond. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Cedric Richmond voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cedric Richmond. Advocating for Comprehensive Health Care Reform. 24 October 2012. "As you can see, we have come a long way and I am committed to fighting my Republican colleagues, whose single focus is to repeal all the work we have done. Together we will continue pressing forward to expand quality, affordable health care access for all Americans." (richmond.house.gov)
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

  • Michelle Krupa. The Times-Picayune: Anh 'Joseph' Cao and Cedric Richmond debate 2nd District needs. 8 September 2010. "Richmond added that the federal government should protect its borders and create pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants while ensuring that undocumented workers don't 'drive down the wage scale for other workers.'" (www.nola.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jordan Blum. The Advocate: Washington watch for May 13, 2012. 23 September 2012. "On a 245-171 vote Wednesday afternoon, the Republican-dominated U.S. House approved an amendment that would keep the U.S. Department of Justice from actively opposing the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The law defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Obama administration stopped enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act last year. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., who is the only Democrat from Louisiana in the House, was the only member of the state's delegation to vote against the amendment." (theadvocate.com)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.


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