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Keith Ellison's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 5, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
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Keith Ellison has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Keith Ellison 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

  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Keith Ellison. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "We respectfully request that you ensure that language that undermines self-government is not included in subsequent legislation as it was in the House Appropriations committee-approved bill. Specifically, we urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government. The autonomy of the District is necessary for democratic self-governance, and Congress should be mindful not to violate District residents' rights to control their own tax dollars [¦] 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)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison 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 Keith Ellison a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Keith Ellison in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Ellison Condemns Court Ruling Obstructing a Woman's Fundamental Right to Choose. 23 July 2008. "Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) denounced the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recent decision to lift a preliminary injunction against requiring physicians to recite a script to patients before performing an abortion procedure in South Dakota. 'This Court's ruling is outrageous in its demand that doctors recite an "Orwellian" script designed to intimidate and humiliate women exercising their reproductive rights. This obtuse ruling is an indication of this Court's ignorance of, and insensitivity to, both the fundamental right to an abortion, as well as the process whereby a woman arrives at such a personal decision' [¦] The South Dakota ruling is seen as a test case for the ultimate overturning of the landmark Roe v Wade 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized a woman's right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Ellison Says Republicans Attack Women's Health but Still No Jobs. 4 May 2011. "As a proud supporter of a woman's right to choose, I strongly oppose the Republican legislation that will undermine women's health and raise the cost of health care for small businesses. Republicans want to hurt women making private and legal health decisions by taxing health plans that -- among many other services -- also offer coverage for abortion. This assault on women would affect 87 percent of private health plans if enacted into law. Despite the misleading title No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, this bill has nothing to do with public funding of abortions, which has been prohibited by law under the Hyde Amendment for over 40 years. This legislation is just the next ploy in a long line of distractions to cover up the embarrassing fact that after being in the majority for over five months, House Republicans have still not offered even a single bill that will create a single job. Let's stop the sideshow of attacking the rights of women and get back to what the people want: creating jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Keith Ellison. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "We respectfully request that you ensure that language that undermines self-government is not included in subsequent legislation as it was in the House Appropriations committee-approved bill. Specifically, we urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government. The autonomy of the District is necessary for democratic self-governance, and Congress should be mindful not to violate District residents' rights to control their own tax dollars [¦] 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)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison 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 Keith Ellison a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Keith Ellison in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Ellison Condemns Court Ruling Obstructing a Woman's Fundamental Right to Choose. 23 July 2008. "Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) denounced the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recent decision to lift a preliminary injunction against requiring physicians to recite a script to patients before performing an abortion procedure in South Dakota. 'This Court's ruling is outrageous in its demand that doctors recite an "Orwellian" script designed to intimidate and humiliate women exercising their reproductive rights. This obtuse ruling is an indication of this Court's ignorance of, and insensitivity to, both the fundamental right to an abortion, as well as the process whereby a woman arrives at such a personal decision' [¦] The South Dakota ruling is seen as a test case for the ultimate overturning of the landmark Roe v Wade 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized a woman's right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Ellison Says Republicans Attack Women's Health but Still No Jobs. 4 May 2011. "As a proud supporter of a woman's right to choose, I strongly oppose the Republican legislation that will undermine women's health and raise the cost of health care for small businesses. Republicans want to hurt women making private and legal health decisions by taxing health plans that -- among many other services -- also offer coverage for abortion. This assault on women would affect 87 percent of private health plans if enacted into law. Despite the misleading title No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, this bill has nothing to do with public funding of abortions, which has been prohibited by law under the Hyde Amendment for over 40 years. This legislation is just the next ploy in a long line of distractions to cover up the embarrassing fact that after being in the majority for over five months, House Republicans have still not offered even a single bill that will create a single job. Let's stop the sideshow of attacking the rights of women and get back to what the people want: creating jobs." (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

  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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. e) $180,001-$350,000"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota 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. d) $100,001-$180,000"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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)"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Message of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. 23 September 2010. "It may surprise some people to know that it is the Democratic Caucus that voted in the stimulus bill to give 95 percent of all Americans a tax break. I think people are surprised because the political labeling that has taken place is that, okay, Republicans are for tax breaks; Democrats are not. That's not true. Democrats are for tax breaks for you, Madam Speaker, for the average American. Republicans are for tax breaks for Paris Hilton and Donald Trump. That's the difference. We want average Americans who work hard every day, who make things, who cut hair, who manufacture the goods, who work at those factory jobs, who do those jobs like fire, police, teaching, public works, we want those folks to have a tax break, but the Republicans want to have the top 2 percent have one. That's the difference. Every congressional Republican voted against a tax cut for 95 percent of American families because all of them voted against the stimulus. All of them voted against it; therefore, not one of them voted for the average American family to get a little bit of help on their taxes. That's too bad." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. The Progressive Message. 3 November 2011. "And my question is: Will the rich and the wealthy and the well-to-do of America pay a little bit more to help this happen? Bank of America didn't pay a single penny in Federal income tax in 2009. Boeing, despite receiving billions of dollars in Federal Government contracts every single year in taxpayer money, Boeing didn't pay a dime in U.S. Federal corporate income taxes between 2008 and 2010. Citigroup. Citigroup's deferred income taxes for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to a grand total of zero. At the same time, Citigroup continued to pay its staff lavishly. John Havens, the head of Citigroup's investment bank, is expected to be the bank's highest paid executive for the second year in a row, with compensation of $9.5 million [¦] So let me just say, on behalf of the people who need food stamps, on behalf of the people who need college tuition, on behalf of the folks who need home heating oil because of cold winters, on behalf of the people who are struggling to make it in America today, will our most privileged Americans do anything? The Progressive Caucus thinks they ought to do something." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. ThinkProgress - Rep. Ellison: GOP Doesn't Care About Middle Class Tax Cuts. 19 June 2012. "'I don't think that the Republicans really care about the tax burden of the middle class. I think they care about the tax burden on really rich people because that's who's in the position to donate to them, donate to the PACs, to hire them after they leave Congress, that kind of stuff. So I think their goal, I think they would rather have -- I think the high income tax cuts, the oil and gas subsides, the jet subsidies, all of that stuff, I think that's what they're going to go to mat to protect. I think they're embarrassed by being willing to trade off the middle class tax cuts, but it is something they have as a lower priority than the rich folks' tax cuts. I think they've proven that, haven't they? I mean, they've said over and over again that's where they're at.' Ellison has been an outspoken critic of Republican tax policy since coming to Congress. He opposed the original extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy in 2010, when he told ThinkProgress it was "patently absurd and ridiculous" that the GOP could support the tax cuts while arguing at the same time that the nation had too much debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. 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)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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. e) $180,001-$350,000"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota 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. d) $100,001-$180,000"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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)"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Message of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. 23 September 2010. "It may surprise some people to know that it is the Democratic Caucus that voted in the stimulus bill to give 95 percent of all Americans a tax break. I think people are surprised because the political labeling that has taken place is that, okay, Republicans are for tax breaks; Democrats are not. That's not true. Democrats are for tax breaks for you, Madam Speaker, for the average American. Republicans are for tax breaks for Paris Hilton and Donald Trump. That's the difference. We want average Americans who work hard every day, who make things, who cut hair, who manufacture the goods, who work at those factory jobs, who do those jobs like fire, police, teaching, public works, we want those folks to have a tax break, but the Republicans want to have the top 2 percent have one. That's the difference. Every congressional Republican voted against a tax cut for 95 percent of American families because all of them voted against the stimulus. All of them voted against it; therefore, not one of them voted for the average American family to get a little bit of help on their taxes. That's too bad." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. The Progressive Message. 3 November 2011. "And my question is: Will the rich and the wealthy and the well-to-do of America pay a little bit more to help this happen? Bank of America didn't pay a single penny in Federal income tax in 2009. Boeing, despite receiving billions of dollars in Federal Government contracts every single year in taxpayer money, Boeing didn't pay a dime in U.S. Federal corporate income taxes between 2008 and 2010. Citigroup. Citigroup's deferred income taxes for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to a grand total of zero. At the same time, Citigroup continued to pay its staff lavishly. John Havens, the head of Citigroup's investment bank, is expected to be the bank's highest paid executive for the second year in a row, with compensation of $9.5 million [¦] So let me just say, on behalf of the people who need food stamps, on behalf of the people who need college tuition, on behalf of the folks who need home heating oil because of cold winters, on behalf of the people who are struggling to make it in America today, will our most privileged Americans do anything? The Progressive Caucus thinks they ought to do something." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. ThinkProgress - Rep. Ellison: GOP Doesn't Care About Middle Class Tax Cuts. 19 June 2012. "'I don't think that the Republicans really care about the tax burden of the middle class. I think they care about the tax burden on really rich people because that's who's in the position to donate to them, donate to the PACs, to hire them after they leave Congress, that kind of stuff. So I think their goal, I think they would rather have -- I think the high income tax cuts, the oil and gas subsides, the jet subsidies, all of that stuff, I think that's what they're going to go to mat to protect. I think they're embarrassed by being willing to trade off the middle class tax cuts, but it is something they have as a lower priority than the rich folks' tax cuts. I think they've proven that, haven't they? I mean, they've said over and over again that's where they're at.' Ellison has been an outspoken critic of Republican tax policy since coming to Congress. He opposed the original extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy in 2010, when he told ThinkProgress it was "patently absurd and ridiculous" that the GOP could support the tax cuts while arguing at the same time that the nation had too much debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. 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

  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Keith Ellison. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Keith Ellison voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Keith Ellison voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Keith Ellison a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 30 August 2011. "SCHULTZ: Well, they only believe in the country if their guy is in the White House, that`s what it appears to be. And would you -- let me ask you straight up -- would you vote in favor of another stimulus package if the president wanted it ELLISON: Yes. Yes, I would. SCHULTZ: Good for you because it created jobs. ELLISON: I have a few more things to add. I mean, I think we need a WPA style jobs program in America. We need, you know, the Works Progress Authority. We need something like that, a direct job creation from the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Make It In America. 17 November 2010. "In this Congress, we made tremendous investments in, as you already pointed out, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Important. We call it the stimulus for shorthand, but the fact is it was reinvestment. Reinvestment is one of the R's in that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and Mr. Speaker, I want the American people to bear in mind that investment is what we need at this time so that we can continue our upward trajectory for jobs. I hope that our friends on the other side of the aisle who are going to get the gavels after they assume leadership continue this effort to try to reinvest in America for the sake of manufacturing. We will see. They will have the chance. But the fact is that this Democratic Congress put this country on a platform and a foundation for future growth in jobs and manufacturing." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Talk Radio News Service - Infrastructure Improvement May Save Economy. 24 November 2008. "Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who penned the National Infrastructure Bank Bill, described infrastructure investment as an important part of any stimulus plan since it would create jobs for those immediately involved in the construction as well as in related trades and industries. 'The infrastructure investment would also have a larger and much longer term impact. A strong and efficient transportation system, especially including sustainable transit solution, creates a healthy environment for business investment which in turn creates more regional jobs long after the roads have been paved and the bridges built.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • 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 Keith Ellison a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Keith Ellison voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Keith Ellison voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 30 August 2011. "SCHULTZ: Well, they only believe in the country if their guy is in the White House, that`s what it appears to be. And would you -- let me ask you straight up -- would you vote in favor of another stimulus package if the president wanted it ELLISON: Yes. Yes, I would. SCHULTZ: Good for you because it created jobs. ELLISON: I have a few more things to add. I mean, I think we need a WPA style jobs program in America. We need, you know, the Works Progress Authority. We need something like that, a direct job creation from the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Make It In America. 17 November 2010. "In this Congress, we made tremendous investments in, as you already pointed out, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Important. We call it the stimulus for shorthand, but the fact is it was reinvestment. Reinvestment is one of the R's in that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and Mr. Speaker, I want the American people to bear in mind that investment is what we need at this time so that we can continue our upward trajectory for jobs. I hope that our friends on the other side of the aisle who are going to get the gavels after they assume leadership continue this effort to try to reinvest in America for the sake of manufacturing. We will see. They will have the chance. But the fact is that this Democratic Congress put this country on a platform and a foundation for future growth in jobs and manufacturing." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Talk Radio News Service - Infrastructure Improvement May Save Economy. 24 November 2008. "Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who penned the National Infrastructure Bank Bill, described infrastructure investment as an important part of any stimulus plan since it would create jobs for those immediately involved in the construction as well as in related trades and industries. 'The infrastructure investment would also have a larger and much longer term impact. A strong and efficient transportation system, especially including sustainable transit solution, creates a healthy environment for business investment which in turn creates more regional jobs long after the roads have been paved and the bridges built.'" (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

  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota 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"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "NCLB set worthy goals for improving nationwide student achievement. But I believe the NCLB program has some serious flaws. The program has been underfunded by $85 billion since 2001, placing an undue and unfair burden and state and local governments. For NCLB to have a positive impact, it must be fully funded. The NCLB standards also fail to give credit to schools that started farther behind but have made real progress. Such schools are then unfairly punished. I believe that punishing schools only hurts our children; we should use testing as a means to establish a path to improvement."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "NCLB set worthy goals for improving nationwide student achievement. But I believe the NCLB program has some serious flaws. The program has been underfunded by $85 billion since 2001, placing an undue and unfair burden and state and local governments. For NCLB to have a positive impact, it must be fully funded. The NCLB standards also fail to give credit to schools that started farther behind but have made real progress. Such schools are then unfairly punished. I believe that punishing schools only hurts our children; we should use testing as a means to establish a path to improvement."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota 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"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education"
  • Keith Ellison. Ellison Statement On Federal Education Investment In Minnesota Programs. 28 December 2011. "Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced $88 million in federal investment through three programs: Race to the Top, Promise Neighborhoods and Investing in Innovative Programs: 'Minneapolis and the entire state have achieved outstanding results through their collaborative efforts in education reform and innovation. This funding will help ensure that youth in underserved areas of Minneapolis and the entire state can begin school prepared and ready to succeed. The future of our nation's success and global competitiveness depends on the quality of education our young people receive. Federal investments made to the University of Minnesota's Child-Parent Center Education Program and the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) will improve children's readiness and prepare them for the future. I commend the Minnesota Department of Education for its leadership in fostering a culture of innovation, excellence, and partnership, and for making its own $60 million investment in our future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Education. 14 November 2011. "I am a cosponsor of the Student Achievement and Successful Schools Act of 2007. H.R.1169, introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum, expresses the sense within Congress that full funding should be provided to schools to allow them to satisfy the federal mandates required under NCLB. The bill amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow states and school districts the necessary flexibility in implementing NCLB to ensure that all students are successful. Additionally, this bill would give schools, local and state educational agencies the ability to defer the implementation of certain requirements if the federal government does not live up to its NCLB funding commitments." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Education. 14 November 2011. "I believe that every American child should be guaranteed access to a world-class education -- from pre-school through college. Increasing educational opportunities for children of all backgrounds is a key to creating opportunities and prosperity for working families. The Federal Government needs to take decisive action to support children, families, schools and teachers in the development of high quality educational opportunities. We must also ensure that children with disabilities are given the same opportunities for success as their peers by requiring the federal government to fully fund special education." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota 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"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "NCLB set worthy goals for improving nationwide student achievement. But I believe the NCLB program has some serious flaws. The program has been underfunded by $85 billion since 2001, placing an undue and unfair burden and state and local governments. For NCLB to have a positive impact, it must be fully funded. The NCLB standards also fail to give credit to schools that started farther behind but have made real progress. Such schools are then unfairly punished. I believe that punishing schools only hurts our children; we should use testing as a means to establish a path to improvement."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "NCLB set worthy goals for improving nationwide student achievement. But I believe the NCLB program has some serious flaws. The program has been underfunded by $85 billion since 2001, placing an undue and unfair burden and state and local governments. For NCLB to have a positive impact, it must be fully funded. The NCLB standards also fail to give credit to schools that started farther behind but have made real progress. Such schools are then unfairly punished. I believe that punishing schools only hurts our children; we should use testing as a means to establish a path to improvement."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota 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"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education"
  • Keith Ellison. Ellison Statement On Federal Education Investment In Minnesota Programs. 28 December 2011. "Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced $88 million in federal investment through three programs: Race to the Top, Promise Neighborhoods and Investing in Innovative Programs: 'Minneapolis and the entire state have achieved outstanding results through their collaborative efforts in education reform and innovation. This funding will help ensure that youth in underserved areas of Minneapolis and the entire state can begin school prepared and ready to succeed. The future of our nation's success and global competitiveness depends on the quality of education our young people receive. Federal investments made to the University of Minnesota's Child-Parent Center Education Program and the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) will improve children's readiness and prepare them for the future. I commend the Minnesota Department of Education for its leadership in fostering a culture of innovation, excellence, and partnership, and for making its own $60 million investment in our future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Education. 14 November 2011. "I am a cosponsor of the Student Achievement and Successful Schools Act of 2007. H.R.1169, introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum, expresses the sense within Congress that full funding should be provided to schools to allow them to satisfy the federal mandates required under NCLB. The bill amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow states and school districts the necessary flexibility in implementing NCLB to ensure that all students are successful. Additionally, this bill would give schools, local and state educational agencies the ability to defer the implementation of certain requirements if the federal government does not live up to its NCLB funding commitments." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Education. 14 November 2011. "I believe that every American child should be guaranteed access to a world-class education -- from pre-school through college. Increasing educational opportunities for children of all backgrounds is a key to creating opportunities and prosperity for working families. The Federal Government needs to take decisive action to support children, families, schools and teachers in the development of high quality educational opportunities. We must also ensure that children with disabilities are given the same opportunities for success as their peers by requiring the federal government to fully fund special education." (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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  • Keith Ellison. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota 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?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls 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: "Our transportation energy mix should include ethanol, but we must make sure we stay on the cutting edge of biofuels and continue to fund research on cellulosic ethanol."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Keith Ellison. 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)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Keith Ellison in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Keith Ellison voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Environment. 14 November 2011. "I am an original cosponsor of The Safe Climate Act of 2007 . This legislation will freeze U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 at the 2009 levels with strong and enforceable deadlines. It will cut 2011 emissions roughly by 2% a year reaching 1990 emission leve ls by 2020. After 2020, it will cut emissions by 5% each subsequent year. I cosponsored, and voted for, The CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 . This legislation will reduce our dependency on foreign oil through the promotion of clean, renewable, and alternative energy resources. I am also a cosponsor of The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Act of 2007 , which builds on current renewable portfolio standards by implementing a market-based credit trading system to spur the deployment of renewable technologies. This bill w ill set a standard requiring electricity retailers use a minimum amount of electricity from renewable sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. The Progressive Caucus Message: Energy. 11 June 2009. "Those who stand up and say, Well, we can't have a bill that's going to help America get off fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions because it's nothing but a tax, understand that the folks who told you about tax-and-spend liberals and all of that--look, we've only had a President and a Democratic Congress for a few months. This stuff wasn't inherited. You want to talk about spenders and debt accumulators? Those guys sit on the other side of this Chamber. The fact is, the progressive future this country needs is in the hands of the people who are going to help America get into a green, clean future. This bill, this ACES bill that is being marked up right now, that has already gone through Energy and Commerce, that is in the Agriculture Committee now. This bill is undone and needs the input of all America, people who have a progressive vision for America, people who aren't afraid of the future, not people who cling to the status quo and what happened yesterday, but people who want something better for tomorrow and are willing and have the courage to try to get it." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls 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: "Our transportation energy mix should include ethanol, but we must make sure we stay on the cutting edge of biofuels and continue to fund research on cellulosic ethanol."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota 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?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Keith Ellison in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. 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)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Keith Ellison voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Environment. 14 November 2011. "I am an original cosponsor of The Safe Climate Act of 2007 . This legislation will freeze U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 at the 2009 levels with strong and enforceable deadlines. It will cut 2011 emissions roughly by 2% a year reaching 1990 emission leve ls by 2020. After 2020, it will cut emissions by 5% each subsequent year. I cosponsored, and voted for, The CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 . This legislation will reduce our dependency on foreign oil through the promotion of clean, renewable, and alternative energy resources. I am also a cosponsor of The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Act of 2007 , which builds on current renewable portfolio standards by implementing a market-based credit trading system to spur the deployment of renewable technologies. This bill w ill set a standard requiring electricity retailers use a minimum amount of electricity from renewable sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. The Progressive Caucus Message: Energy. 11 June 2009. "Those who stand up and say, Well, we can't have a bill that's going to help America get off fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions because it's nothing but a tax, understand that the folks who told you about tax-and-spend liberals and all of that--look, we've only had a President and a Democratic Congress for a few months. This stuff wasn't inherited. You want to talk about spenders and debt accumulators? Those guys sit on the other side of this Chamber. The fact is, the progressive future this country needs is in the hands of the people who are going to help America get into a green, clean future. This bill, this ACES bill that is being marked up right now, that has already gone through Energy and Commerce, that is in the Agriculture Committee now. This bill is undone and needs the input of all America, people who have a progressive vision for America, people who aren't afraid of the future, not people who cling to the status quo and what happened yesterday, but people who want something better for tomorrow and are willing and have the courage to try to get it." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Keith Ellison in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Keith Ellison a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Keith Ellison in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Keith Ellison in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Keith Ellison a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Keith Ellison in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Prosperity for Working Families. 14 November 2011. "Keith and his Democratic colleagues in Congress passed the historic Patient and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The sweeping reforms expand health care access to those without coverage and implements strong consumer protections to ensure that patients come before profits. The law extends health care coverage to 32 million more Americans, including 40,500 people in Minnesota's Fifth District. It ensures that 9,700 Fifth District residents will no longer face discrimination for pre-existing conditions. Lastly, the bill allows young people to stay on their parent's health plan until their 26th birthday, and provides affordable insurance rates for small businesses along with tax credits to help them insure their employees." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Instructing Certain Committees to Report Legislation Replacing the Job-Killing Health Care Law. 20 January 2010. "Madam Speaker, repeal and replace? What about protect and improve? What about improving the bill that is there right now rather than repealing and replacing? You know, the fact is the Republican Caucus is talking about replacing a bill, and yet whether it's preexisting conditions or filling in the doughnut hole, I've heard several of them say, "Oh, we want to keep that.'' But yet they don't want to protect and improve. They just want to repeal. Why? To protect the insurance industry. I can't see any other reason why they are doing this. The Affordable Care Act is a good bill; and can it be better? Of course it can be better. But that's not what we're talking about doing today. We're talking about taking away benefits that Americans have in their hand. The Republican Caucus is snatching away people who want to get their children on their health care insurance who are under 26 years of age; snatching away free preventative care for seniors; snatching out of the hands of families whose children are trying to be able to get care who may have a preexisting condition; snatching out of the hands of seniors who are filling in the doughnut hole. They are taking away a benefit Americans have right now. This is wrong and it's a shame. The fact is the Democratic Caucus when we had the White House and both Houses of Congress, within 2 years we brought to the American people a health care bill. When the Republican Caucus has the House for 6 years, between 2000 and 2006, they don't do anything other than do a big fat giveaway to PhRMA." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Health Care. 14 November 2011. "I believe universal health care coverage is the civil rights issue of our time. The need for safe, affordable health care is an issue that affects us all. After nearly a century of effort, I proudly voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The new law is centered on building on what works in our current health system and fixing what is broken. It creates a regulated marketplace where individuals can purchase health care at affordable rates and where uninsured Americans can purchase subsidized insurance for themselves and their families. The law also expands Medicaid eligibility to millions of more lower-income families and eliminates the so-called "donut hole" or prescription drug coverage gap for seniors under Medicare's prescription drug program, making necessary medicines available to more of America's seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Jobs. 11 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, we've been here for about 5 months so far. It's easing up on June. It won't be long until it's summertime. Yet, Mr. Speaker, the Republican majority has not brought a single bill to create a single job. I was very pleased to hear the gentlewoman from North Carolina say that they are marking up a bill on jobs. It would be the first one, if it ever gets here. That's a shame, because I think when people voted last November, they were thinking, hey, we've got to do something about some jobs. And yet the Republican majority has dallied away and done everything but work on jobs. Yeah, they've tried to take away the Affordable Care Act and take away health care from people who really need it. Yeah, they've tried to do a whole lot of things, push a social agenda. They've done all these things, but they have yet to focus on the one thing that Americans need most, which is a job. If you want to reduce the deficit, you've got to have people making some money, and that means getting some jobs. People pay taxes. People would love to pay taxes, but they would do it if they had work. But they don't have work because our Republican majority has got other things to do. Remember, jobs are the key. I am looking forward to Republicans bringing a bill to the floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 21 March 2010. "I rise in support of universal health care. Mr. Speaker, there was a time in our country's past that the enactment of a comprehensive civil rights law was deemed merely a dream. There was a time in our country's past that enactment of Social Security to guarantee the retirement security of our seniors was deemed merely a dream. There was a time in our country's past that enactment of the Medicare law to guarantee the health care for our nation's senior was deemed merely a dream. We now take all three--civil rights, retirement security for our seniors and health security--for granted in our society. They are all assumed as a given and as a right in our society. Well, Mr. Speaker, I believe when we leave this chamber tonight after passing this health care bill, we will forget how hard it was to pass this bill. And in another generation, our grandchildren will also assume that universal health care is a right and a given in any modern society. Mr. Speaker, tonight marks the beginning of the dream of universal health care becoming a reality in our society [¦] I look forward to enthusiastically casting my ``yes'' vote tonight for this historic legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Prosperity for Working Families. 14 November 2011. "Keith and his Democratic colleagues in Congress passed the historic Patient and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The sweeping reforms expand health care access to those without coverage and implements strong consumer protections to ensure that patients come before profits. The law extends health care coverage to 32 million more Americans, including 40,500 people in Minnesota's Fifth District. It ensures that 9,700 Fifth District residents will no longer face discrimination for pre-existing conditions. Lastly, the bill allows young people to stay on their parent's health plan until their 26th birthday, and provides affordable insurance rates for small businesses along with tax credits to help them insure their employees." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Keith Ellison voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Instructing Certain Committees to Report Legislation Replacing the Job-Killing Health Care Law. 20 January 2010. "Madam Speaker, repeal and replace? What about protect and improve? What about improving the bill that is there right now rather than repealing and replacing? You know, the fact is the Republican Caucus is talking about replacing a bill, and yet whether it's preexisting conditions or filling in the doughnut hole, I've heard several of them say, "Oh, we want to keep that.'' But yet they don't want to protect and improve. They just want to repeal. Why? To protect the insurance industry. I can't see any other reason why they are doing this. The Affordable Care Act is a good bill; and can it be better? Of course it can be better. But that's not what we're talking about doing today. We're talking about taking away benefits that Americans have in their hand. The Republican Caucus is snatching away people who want to get their children on their health care insurance who are under 26 years of age; snatching away free preventative care for seniors; snatching out of the hands of families whose children are trying to be able to get care who may have a preexisting condition; snatching out of the hands of seniors who are filling in the doughnut hole. They are taking away a benefit Americans have right now. This is wrong and it's a shame. The fact is the Democratic Caucus when we had the White House and both Houses of Congress, within 2 years we brought to the American people a health care bill. When the Republican Caucus has the House for 6 years, between 2000 and 2006, they don't do anything other than do a big fat giveaway to PhRMA." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Health Care. 14 November 2011. "I believe universal health care coverage is the civil rights issue of our time. The need for safe, affordable health care is an issue that affects us all. After nearly a century of effort, I proudly voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The new law is centered on building on what works in our current health system and fixing what is broken. It creates a regulated marketplace where individuals can purchase health care at affordable rates and where uninsured Americans can purchase subsidized insurance for themselves and their families. The law also expands Medicaid eligibility to millions of more lower-income families and eliminates the so-called "donut hole" or prescription drug coverage gap for seniors under Medicare's prescription drug program, making necessary medicines available to more of America's seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Jobs. 11 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, we've been here for about 5 months so far. It's easing up on June. It won't be long until it's summertime. Yet, Mr. Speaker, the Republican majority has not brought a single bill to create a single job. I was very pleased to hear the gentlewoman from North Carolina say that they are marking up a bill on jobs. It would be the first one, if it ever gets here. That's a shame, because I think when people voted last November, they were thinking, hey, we've got to do something about some jobs. And yet the Republican majority has dallied away and done everything but work on jobs. Yeah, they've tried to take away the Affordable Care Act and take away health care from people who really need it. Yeah, they've tried to do a whole lot of things, push a social agenda. They've done all these things, but they have yet to focus on the one thing that Americans need most, which is a job. If you want to reduce the deficit, you've got to have people making some money, and that means getting some jobs. People pay taxes. People would love to pay taxes, but they would do it if they had work. But they don't have work because our Republican majority has got other things to do. Remember, jobs are the key. I am looking forward to Republicans bringing a bill to the floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 21 March 2010. "I rise in support of universal health care. Mr. Speaker, there was a time in our country's past that the enactment of a comprehensive civil rights law was deemed merely a dream. There was a time in our country's past that enactment of Social Security to guarantee the retirement security of our seniors was deemed merely a dream. There was a time in our country's past that enactment of the Medicare law to guarantee the health care for our nation's senior was deemed merely a dream. We now take all three--civil rights, retirement security for our seniors and health security--for granted in our society. They are all assumed as a given and as a right in our society. Well, Mr. Speaker, I believe when we leave this chamber tonight after passing this health care bill, we will forget how hard it was to pass this bill. And in another generation, our grandchildren will also assume that universal health care is a right and a given in any modern society. Mr. Speaker, tonight marks the beginning of the dream of universal health care becoming a reality in our society [¦] I look forward to enthusiastically casting my ``yes'' vote tonight for this historic legislation." (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

  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "I support a path to citizenship that includes adequate penalties for the laws broken, but also guarantees any worker laboring on US soil the right to organize."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Keith Ellison. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 29 June 2011. "I applaud Senator Durbin for holding the Senate's first hearing on the DREAM Act today. I have been a proud cosponsor of this legislation since I was elected to Congress in 2006. It's high time that we give hardworking young people a fair shot at the American Dream." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Immigration. 9 November 2011. "I believe immigration rules need to be straightforward, fair, and predictable. They currently are not. I am committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform and have co-sponsored such legislation in my two terms in Congress. I believe that our reformed immigration system should include a clear path to citizenship for those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes. We need to put families first and have an expedited process for family reunification and believe that the federal government has an obligation to clear up the lengthy backlog of family visa requests. I also believe we need to pass The Dream Act, which is legislation designed to increase access to higher education for the children of immigrants and give them an opportunity to succeed and give back to their communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Keith Ellison voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Helping Young People Achieve The American Dream. 9 December 2010. "On December 8th, 2010, the House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at fixing our broken immigration system. I proudly voted for the DREAM Act, which gives the children of immigrants a path to citizenship and chance to give back by going to college or serving in the Armed Forces. The DREAM Act gives the innocent victims of our broken immigration system a fair shot at the American dream. Consider a woman whose parents brought her to Minnesota illegally when she was two years old. She did well in school and now, as a young adult, she wants to go to college, find a job, or enlist in the military. How can she apply for a job without documentation? What will she do if she is deported back to a country that has never been her home? The DREAM Act will help nearly 800,000 young people in situations just like this. This legislation allows the best and brightest of these young people to earn U.S. citizenship, but only after they complete a rigorous process. This opportunity applies only to young people who have lived here for at least five years prior to enactment of the law and who were brought to the U.S. as minors by their parents. Immigration rules need to be straightforward, fair, and predictable -- exactly the opposite of our current system. Our immigration laws ignore the many contributions that immigrant families make to our communities. Worse yet, the laws are inconsistently applied and often tear families apart. Congress has an obligation to enact comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together and embodies the spirit of generosity and inclusion." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Civil and Human Rights. 9 November 2011. "Keith supports comprehensive immigration reform such as the STRIVE Act that includes four components: a clear path to citizenship to those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes; expedited process for family reunification; workable employment verification system with strict penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. Keith also supports the Dream Act, which would increase access to higher education for the children of foreign-born workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Letter to President Obama. 23 November 2011. "As Secure Communities continues to expand, we write because we have been deeply troubled by the implementation of the program since its inception. We were further concerned when the Department of Homeland Security undermined the ability of states to opt out of the program by unilaterally terminating all Memoranda of Agreement with State Identification Bureaus across the country. Now, the recently released report of the task force established by DHS to review Secure Communities has led us to conclude that the program must immediately be terminated [¦] We urge you to immediately stop Secure Communities. We cannot make our communities safer by tearing them apart." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "I support a path to citizenship that includes adequate penalties for the laws broken, but also guarantees any worker laboring on US soil the right to organize."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Keith Ellison. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 29 June 2011. "I applaud Senator Durbin for holding the Senate's first hearing on the DREAM Act today. I have been a proud cosponsor of this legislation since I was elected to Congress in 2006. It's high time that we give hardworking young people a fair shot at the American Dream." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Immigration. 9 November 2011. "I believe immigration rules need to be straightforward, fair, and predictable. They currently are not. I am committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform and have co-sponsored such legislation in my two terms in Congress. I believe that our reformed immigration system should include a clear path to citizenship for those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes. We need to put families first and have an expedited process for family reunification and believe that the federal government has an obligation to clear up the lengthy backlog of family visa requests. I also believe we need to pass The Dream Act, which is legislation designed to increase access to higher education for the children of immigrants and give them an opportunity to succeed and give back to their communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Keith Ellison voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Helping Young People Achieve The American Dream. 9 December 2010. "On December 8th, 2010, the House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at fixing our broken immigration system. I proudly voted for the DREAM Act, which gives the children of immigrants a path to citizenship and chance to give back by going to college or serving in the Armed Forces. The DREAM Act gives the innocent victims of our broken immigration system a fair shot at the American dream. Consider a woman whose parents brought her to Minnesota illegally when she was two years old. She did well in school and now, as a young adult, she wants to go to college, find a job, or enlist in the military. How can she apply for a job without documentation? What will she do if she is deported back to a country that has never been her home? The DREAM Act will help nearly 800,000 young people in situations just like this. This legislation allows the best and brightest of these young people to earn U.S. citizenship, but only after they complete a rigorous process. This opportunity applies only to young people who have lived here for at least five years prior to enactment of the law and who were brought to the U.S. as minors by their parents. Immigration rules need to be straightforward, fair, and predictable -- exactly the opposite of our current system. Our immigration laws ignore the many contributions that immigrant families make to our communities. Worse yet, the laws are inconsistently applied and often tear families apart. Congress has an obligation to enact comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together and embodies the spirit of generosity and inclusion." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Civil and Human Rights. 9 November 2011. "Keith supports comprehensive immigration reform such as the STRIVE Act that includes four components: a clear path to citizenship to those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes; expedited process for family reunification; workable employment verification system with strict penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. Keith also supports the Dream Act, which would increase access to higher education for the children of foreign-born workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Letter to President Obama. 23 November 2011. "As Secure Communities continues to expand, we write because we have been deeply troubled by the implementation of the program since its inception. We were further concerned when the Department of Homeland Security undermined the ability of states to opt out of the program by unilaterally terminating all Memoranda of Agreement with State Identification Bureaus across the country. Now, the recently released report of the task force established by DHS to review Secure Communities has led us to conclude that the program must immediately be terminated [¦] We urge you to immediately stop Secure Communities. We cannot make our communities safer by tearing them apart." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Keith Ellison. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Keith Ellison voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the American Family Association 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 40 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Keith Ellison voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Equality. 9 November 2011. "I am working to advance Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) equality in Congress by ending existing discrimination written in federal laws, giving law enforcement tools to pursue perpetrators of hate crimes, and extending marriage rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples and families. I believe in expanding marriage rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples and to have those marriages recognized by other states and the federal government. I strongly support repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, which actively denies marriage rights and recognition to same-sex couples." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison signed the Freedom to Marry: Democrats Say I Do Pledge. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Keith Ellison. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Keith Ellison voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the American Family Association 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 40 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Keith Ellison voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Issue Position: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Equality. 9 November 2011. "I am working to advance Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) equality in Congress by ending existing discrimination written in federal laws, giving law enforcement tools to pursue perpetrators of hate crimes, and extending marriage rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples and families. I believe in expanding marriage rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples and to have those marriages recognized by other states and the federal government. I strongly support repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, which actively denies marriage rights and recognition to same-sex couples." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison signed the Freedom to Marry: Democrats Say I Do Pledge. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Keith Ellison. 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)
  • "I am working to advance Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) equality in Congress by ending existing discrimination written in federal laws, giving law enforcement tools to pursue perpetrators of hate crimes, and extending marriage rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples and families. I believe in expanding marriage rights a
  • Keith Ellison. 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)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Keith Ellison. 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)
  • "I am working to advance Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) equality in Congress by ending existing discrimination written in federal laws, giving law enforcement tools to pursue perpetrators of hate crimes, and extending marriage rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples and families. I believe in expanding marriage rights a
  • Keith Ellison. 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)
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

  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Keith Ellison 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)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Keith Ellison. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Keith Ellison 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)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Keith Ellison supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Minnesota Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decrease2) Military hardware
Greatly Decrease3) National missile defense
Greatly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Greatly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) 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
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) 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?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
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?
Noe) 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
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
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
YesCandidate 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?
Yesc) 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
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?
Yesc) 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?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nog) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
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?
Nod) 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
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Nod) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) 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
NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
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
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.

Congressman Ellison's top legislative priorities include economic prosperity for working families, peace at home and abroad, environmental sustainability, and civil and human rights.

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