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Tim Ryan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 13, Democratic
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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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Parental Notification"
  • Tim Ryan. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (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 Tim Ryan a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Democrats in Congress Pass Abortion Reduction Initiative. 19 July 2007. "It is our moral obligation to address those issues with which all sides agree. Whether you are pro-life like me or pro-choice like my friend Congresswoman DeLauro, the common ground we must build upon is our serious desire to reduce the rate of abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. US News: Rep. Tim Ryan: My Plan for Common Ground on Abortion. 24 August 2009. "I am a pro-life member of Congress. I have voted in favor of parental notification laws, for the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, against abortion in federally funded military medical facilities, for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, against partial-birth abortion, and against human cloning. I stand by all those votes and, in addition, I have explained to Speaker Pelosi my position that healthcare reform should prohibit public funds from paying for abortions (a provision which the House Energy and Commerce Committee added to the bill)." (www.usnews.com)
  • Tim Ryan. Reps. Ryan And Delauro Bridge The Abortion Divide With New Bill. 23 July 2009. "With this legislation, we have found common ground on one of the most divisive debates in America. It's my belief that if we are really serious about reducing the need for abortions in this country, then we need to promote prevention in order to achieve that goal. People may and likely will—continue to have disagreements over this issue, but we must still work together in the instances where we agree." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Tim Ryan's Statement on Recent Attacks in Ohio Against Women's Health Care. 6 December 2011. "The Ohio Senate has also insisted on pushing an abortion ban that is so expansive, even the Ohio Right to Life opposes it. The 'Heartbeat' bill is one more step in a radical direction that would prohibit women who are victims of rape or incest from making decisions about their own health care. This is wrong." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Issue Position: Preventing the Need for Abortions. 8 February 2012. "It's not the traditional pro-life stance, and it's not the traditional pro-choice stance. The aim is to prevent the need for females to even have an abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. MSNBC "Hardball With Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 18 May 2009. "The debate has always consisted of pro- choice/pro-life. One side doesn't want anything to change and the other side wants to put doctors and women in prison. And I think the transformational effect of our legislation that Rosa and I have put together over the past three or four years, the speech that Barack Obama gave yesterday, puts us into a new realm. And the discussion now is going to be, 'Are you for reducing the number of abortions or are you for having the same bitter fight that we had over the last 35 years?'" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Tim Ryan. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Tim Ryan Weighs In on End of Iraq War. 19 December 2011. "Ryan says he's excited for all U.S. troops to return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. He said taking the cost of this conflict off the books will help legislators balance our nation's budget. 'This whole war has been put on the nation's credit card, so we're going to be paying for it for probably a generation, with both money and blood in a sense of the men and women who have gotten killed or hurt. So, it's great that it is over. I'm glad that it's finally come to a close.'" (www.wkbn.com)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Afghanistan, the New Forgotten War. 14 June 2005. "In the past month, Afghanistan has seen a series of political killings, violent protests, attacks on humanitarian workers, and bombings targeting foreign civilians and troops. Let us get it right. Let us focus on Afghanistan and make sure that the underground black market drug economy does not continue to fund terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Tim Ryan Issues Statement On Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks. 11 September 2009. "Our work to make America and the world a safer and more secure place isn't done. We must bring our men and women home from Iraq and Afghanistan safely, responsibly and as soon as possible and we must continue to forward the cause of peace throughout the world." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Ryan. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. The Problem With U.S. Policy in The Middle East. 18 June 2004. "There is this growing amount of frustration among many of us, not only those of us who sit on the Committee on Armed Services, those of us who have consistently backed the troops with the defense appropriations bills that I voted for and the gentleman voted for. No one can come to you orally and say you are not supportive of the troops. We put the money where our mouth is, and we are saying we support the troops, and we voted for the defense appropriations. We worked it through committee; we made sure there were the proper modifications after the war already began." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. 30-Something Democrats. 3 June 2004. "For us to just sit here and watch our country be put in a weak position, a weak bargaining position, a weak negotiating position, all in the process of pulling out the credit card and dropping $200 billion in the Middle East, which now we have to stay and win, no one's arguing that, we have to support our troops, and I know we both voted for the Defense authorization bill. So this is not pacifist. We do not want any war ever, and we are going to support the Defense spending in this country, the Defense appropriations. We both have voted for that." (votesmart.org)
  • WKBN: Ryan in Warren to Discuss Defense Spending. 30 August 2012. "Congressman Tim Ryan and some area veterans are hoping to put pressure on Republican members of Congress to come to an agreement on pending Pentagon cuts. Ryan met with members of the Truman National Security project in Warren Thursday afternoon. He said Republicans continue to prioritize tax cuts for millionaires over adequately funding the military. Ryan said the cuts that will come from sequestration would severely impact defense spending." (www.wkbn.com)
  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Ryan, Ohio Veterans to Pressure Congressional Republicans on Defense Spending. 29 August 2012. "On Thursday, August 30 at 1:30pm ET, the Truman National Security Project will host a press conference with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-17) at his District Office to continue pressure on congressional Republicans to come to an agreement on pending Pentagon spending cuts. The cuts that will result from Sequestration would severely impact defense spending and our national security but congressional Republicans continue to prioritize tax cuts for millionaires over adequately funding our military, while trying to blame the Administration for the cuts that they voted to impose." (timryan.house.gov)
  • Tim Ryan. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
No Candidate 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

  • Tim Ryan. Budget Control Act of 2011. 28 July 2011. "But heaven forbid, Mr. Speaker, we ask the 400 wealthiest families in the United States of America to maybe be a little bit patriotic and help us out. And you'll say, 'Well, these are the job creators. These taxes aren't going into place for another year or two. We've got to get through this downturn.' But we need to send the message to the bond market that we are serious. And for us to be this irresponsible and not ask the wealthiest--what are they being asked to sacrifice here? The top 1 percent, what are we asking them to sacrifice?" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "The current cut in Social Security contributions must be allowed to expire as scheduled. History instructs that any tax cut is politically difficult to terminate. As you know, although the Bush tax cuts were only supposed to last ten years, the debate of today is centered on whether to permanently extend most or permanently extend all of the Bush tax cuts. We are greatly concerned that a permanent extension of the 2011 payroll tax cut would double Social Security's long-range shortfall and make long-term solutions nearly impossible." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Ryan Votes to Extend Tax Cuts for Middle Class. 2 December 2010. "It is important to note that small businesses will not be negatively affected by allowing high-income tax cuts to expire. Only three percent of taxpayers filing small business income taxes report earnings in excess of $250,000 per year. Many of these businesses are not typical 'small businesses', but are law firms and real estate partnerships. Additionally, business owners are neither taxed on income used to pay employee wages, nor are they taxed on income that is reinvested in the business." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 75 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 15 September 2011. "Now, there's an elite group that doesn't have to sacrifice at all. Not only is it the, you know, his staff members, members of the legislative staff are getting raises and the legislature up to 33 percent raise for the Republican staffers there, but also, they cut the estate tax in the state. So, how can you cut the estate tax for the top 1 percent and come all these firemen here who are making $40,000, $50,000 a year who are trying to feed their families, send them to school, trying to create a better future for them, at the same time, you're going out of your way to cut taxes for the top wealthiest people in the state. It's ridiculous." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Republicans Vote Against Amendment to Prevent Middle Class Tax Hikes. 6 April 2011. "Our country has already seen the aftermath of feeding corporate greed. If my colleagues on the right want working families to make sacrifices in order to balance our budget, the Wall Street CEOs and the wealthiest among us can make sacrifices too." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "Dear Madam Speaker, 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Everyone Should Sacrifice for Our Country. 29 July 2011. "We need the wealthiest in our country to become patriots and step up to bat and help us solve this problem. Everyone here is being asked to sacrifice. The military, the middle class, the parents trying to send their kids to college with Pell Grants, the schools that get title I, all are being asked to sacrifice but for the top 1 percent of the wealthiest people in this country. It is absent from this debate." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "Mr. Chairman, we've heard this afternoon our debt is unsustainable, it's a warning, it's a fiscal crisis of unprecedented proportions. But heaven forbid to try to solve those great problems that our country has right now, the problem that we have, we ask the wealthiest in the country to just pay a few more thousand dollars, those people who have seen tremendous gains. You know, cry me a river." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Ryan. Correcting the Record. 27 July 2010. "The stimulus package worked. Did it work well enough? Probably not. But I can only imagine what would have happened if our friends on the other side were in charge and there wasn't any stimulus package at all. How many thousands and thousands of teachers would have been laid off? How many thousands and thousands of State workers would have been laid off?" (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 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 Tim Ryan a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Thirty-Something Working Group. 2 December 2009. "I know our friends like to be critical of the stimulus bill, but in January we lost 750,000 jobs. Now we are still losing a couple hundred thousand jobs a month, but it is not quite as bad. We are trending in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. The Future of the American Economy. 22 June 2010. "Now if we didn't have the stimulus package, if we weren't investing Community Development Block Grant money, if we weren't putting money into roads and bridges and infrastructure, if we weren't making sure there was State support for our schools and education funds, we would have lost thousands of teachers, police, fire, and construction workers who would have never went back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. The 30-Something Working Group. 12 May 2009. "And so President Obama, his economists, JOHN MCCAIN's economists, on both sides of the aisle, we are in agreement that we needed to do something. We needed a stimulus package. And the stimulus package was going to be something different that Washington hadn't seen for a long, long time. This stimulus package was going to go to the middle class. It was going to go for those programs that were going to lift people up, where the middle class would be able to spend money and fill this hole." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Issues Of The Day. 19 January 2010. "Months later, under the leadership of President Obama after he was sworn in, we passed the stimulus package. In January of last year, we had 700,000-plus jobs that were lost in January of last year. And every economist was saying, Presidential candidate McCain's top economist was saying, the top Democratic economist, were all saying there was a $2 trillion to $3 trillion hole in the economy, and we have to fill that hole. And the only entity left to put some money into the economy is the Federal Government. Thus, the stimulus package--which quite frankly I didn't think was big enough. We put the stimulus package in place." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Issue Position: Rebuilding Our Economy. 1 January 2011. "In order to combat recession and restore the United States economy, Congressman Ryan also voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. This legislation was a direct response to the economic crisis -- and over the past year has spurred local economic activity, encouraged community investment, and retained and created good-paying jobs for millions of Americans. Indeed, the Recovery Act will have secured a total of 3.5 million existing and new jobs by the close of 2010. In Ohio's 17th Congressional District, we have already benefitted from approximately $107 million in grants, loans, and contracts that are promoting community development and assisting in regional economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Tim Ryan Backs Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Package. 29 January 2008. "I am especially proud of the small business tax cuts included in the bill. The ability to immediately write off taxes on capital investments encourages spending on new equipment which will have a direct impact on the economy. I urge all of our small businesses to take advantage of these tax rebates." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Impact Of The President's Budget On America. 5 February 2007. "We cannot be afraid. We do not want to stymie small business. We do not want to take away tax incentives from small business people to reinvest back into the economy. We want to keep things like that intact, but we do need to ask the wealthiest in the country to pay their fair share." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Correcting the Record. 27 July 2010. "We tried to provide, and we have provided, tax incentives for businesses who create jobs here in the United States of America as opposed to our friends on the other side who voted against closing the loophole to bring jobs to the U.S. They wanted to keep the status quo which incentivized people and businesses moving their companies offshore." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. 21 News Now: Obama to outline economic proposal in Cleveland. "'We're still plugging along. We're in a better spot than we were a year and a half ago, but we've still got to keep pushing forward. There is still more we can do. We need tax incentives for businesses and infrastructure and those kind of things to really jump us out of this,' Ryan said." (www.wfmj.com)
  • Tim Ryan. New Resources Announced for Ohio's Small Businesses. 17 October 2010. "The new law extends the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) Recovery loans while offering billions more in lending support and tax breaks for entrepreneurs and small business owners. 'Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. This is exactly the type of legislation that we need in order create the jobs and economic growth that will return this country to prosperity. I am proud to have supported this legislation, and am outraged by the complete failure of Republicans to provide any kind of support to American small businesses.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Ryan Supports Small Business Jobs and Credit & Tax Relief Acts. 17 June 2010. "As I travel the 17th District and talk with business people, their most consistent request is to help loosen up credit. This legislation is a major step to increase lending to small businesses and allow them to create jobs in our community. By increasing the flexibility of credit for small businesses, we will continue to improve our economy and put Americans back to work. Small businesses are the engine of our economy. In order to speed up our recovery, we must put more money directly in the hands of the hard-working business men and women who supply the jobs for our workers." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate 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

  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Tim Ryan. 30-Something Working Group. 9 January 2009. "You look at our math and science scores, they have gone up a little bit, I think in the fourth grade range, but not nearly where we want them to be. We still have a tremendous gap between the wealthiest and poorest districts. We have a tremendous gap between minority districts and white districts. We have got a lot of work to do. The No Child Left Behind Act is coming up this year to be reauthorized and hopefully funded at the levels. Hopefully we can make the kind of changes that we always hear about on the campaign trail when it comes to education, teachers grabbing us about No Child Left Behind. We have a brutally competitive world out there waiting for us, and these changes need to happen, and some of them need to happen in the first 100 hours." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
Yes Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Conference Report on S. Con. Res. 70, Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2009. 5 June 2008. "We have got 16 billion barrels of oil up in ANWR that are off-limits by Congress. We've got 86 billion barrels of oil in the Outer Continental Shelf off-limits by Congress. We have 2 trillion barrels of oil in the Intermountain Region in this country, all off-limits by Congress. We know how to drill in a very safe and environmentally sound way. And what's more galling from that is the Congressional Research Service is now telling us, just passing the ANWR legislation, the smallest of these three fields I just mentioned, would get us about $191 billion in revenue to the Federal Government over the next 10 years. Imagine what we could do with that." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Ryan Votes to Expand Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling. 16 September 2008. "Finally, the American people will know that it was this Democratic-led Congress that fought for and passed a comprehensive energy policy that included offshore drilling. This bill will reduce our dependency on foreign oil and bring down gas and energy prices as well as provide incentives for new types of hybrid cars, energy efficient homes, buildings, and appliances." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
Yes Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Tim Ryan in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Tim Ryan voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Tim Ryan in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Tim Ryan in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "I have been sitting here listening and you have several Members over there saying, 'China isn't going to do cap-and-trade.' The fact is they're starting to do it. 'China is never going to tax carbon.'' The fact is they're starting to do it. And now we have dropped from first place in leading the green revolution to second, now to third, behind China, Germany, and now the United States. These are manufacturing jobs. Tons and tons of steel go into a windmill; 8,000 component parts. They manufacture them in Illinois, in Ohio, in Pennsylvania. These are jobs for our people. Why else would the United Steelworkers of America be against this and be for the green revolution? We're making this happen, and we have to get out of our own way while we do it." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Following Key Senate Vote, Brown, Ryan Discuss Bill Aimed at Improving the Livability of Ohio Towns and Rebuilding Communities with Vacant and Abandoned Properties. 4 August 2010. "The Livable Communities Act of 2010 would improve the coordination between housing, community development, transportation, energy, and environmental policies to help create better places to live, work and raise families. The bill will promote sustainable development and enable communities to cut traffic congestion; reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption; protect farmland and green spaces; revitalize existing Main Streets and urban centers; spur economic development; and create more affordable housing. Click here for a summary of the legislation." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tim Ryan. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tim Ryan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Tim Ryan a grade of 36." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Tim Ryan. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "The story was that he is a 25-year-old kid who is working at a restaurant and has seizures and could not get any medication, could not get any health care coverage, but because of the law that was passed here last year, this young person now can get the medication, can stay on his parents' health care, and now is a productive member of society." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Issue Position: Health-Care Reform. 8 February 2012. "With health-care reform, we can help prevent 1,660 families escape bankruptcy due to medical bills. This new legislation is absolutely necessary for the long-term sustainability of our well-being as a people, a great nation and the leader in economic growth for years to come in the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Issue Position: Providing Healthcare For All. 1 January 2011. "After decades of debate, Congress passed comprehensive health care reform that benefits all Americans. Congressman Ryan has been working to enact positive change in the American health care system since he began his Congressional career, and he proudly voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Affordability Act of 2010. Under this historic legislation, millions of Americans who cannot afford health insurance or are saddled with a pre-existing condition will get the coverage that they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "It is our moral responsibility to prevent millions of Americans from getting hurt, from getting hurt under the current health care system. And there is no denying it: free preventative care under Medicare under this provision, free Medicare under private plans in this piece that we are putting together here. Also for people who are 55 and older, between 55 and 64, this creates a temporary reinsurance program until we get the exchange up and running to help offset the cost of expensive health claims for employers that provide health care benefits for those people between 55 and 64 years old. That's what's in this bill. Those are the things that just come online this year. And the improvements will continue." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Health Care Reform In America. 19 March 2010. "And what is going to happen this weekend as we pass health care reform, something that this country has been trying to do for 100 years, what will happen is the government will come in and not run health care. This isn't about the insurance company running health care or the government running health care. This is about the government stepping in and saying to the insurance industry, You are no longer allowed to kick people off of their policies just because they got sick. The insurance industry is no longer allowed to tell kids and their parents that they are denied insurance coverage because they have a preexisting condition. The insurance industry will no longer be able to tell adults that they can no longer get health insurance because they have a preexisting condition. That's what this bill does. It protects the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Ryan Statement On Passage Of Historic Health Care Reform. 7 November 2009. "For too many years, due to plant closings, personal hardships, and medical catastrophes, tens of thousands of families in my congressional district have lost their health coverage been priced out of the health insurance market through no fault of their own. They've been pushed off their health care policies, denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions and ended up in bankruptcy. But now, finally, we have passed a critical milestone toward universal, affordable health care for all Americans. No longer will people be denied coverage because of some pre-existing condition. No longer will our families go bankrupt because of health care costs. No longer will health care be out of reach for thousands of our friends and neighbors." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 12 July 2012. "The goal of this legislation has always been to help reduce the cost of healthcare for businesses and make the system more compassionate and humane for our people. These reforms can lower the cost to our healthcare system, allowing young Americans to remain covered until they are 26, offering discounts on drugs for senior citizens, and providing coverage for pre-existing conditions. Much work still needs to be done and I would love to sit down with my Republican friends to see how best to improve upon the current system. Many in my District struggle everyday with financial burdens as a result of chronic disease and illness. Today we respect the final decision of the Supreme Court that moves us toward a more human health care system. And now we need to get back to the important work of getting the economy moving and helping small businesses compete in a global economy." (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

  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Tim Ryan. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Ryan. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "The brief makes it clear that the House is not united on this issue, that the BLAG lawyers do not speak for the entire institution, and that there is no legitimate federal interest in denying married gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights and responsibilities that federal law provides to couples who are married under state law. Section 3 does not affect married heterosexual couples and their children, who are recognized regardless of DOMA. And this law affirmatively harms married gay and lesbian couples and their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Important Issues Facing America. 12 June 2006. "We are talking about gay marriage. Wait a minute, Mr. Speaker. We have got college tuition up 40 percent, gas prices up 40 percent, health care costs up 55 percent, and we are talking about gay marriage? Give me a break. Who are they bothering?" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Tim Ryan voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 28 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 81 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 28 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. 30-Something Working Group. 10 July 2006. "And you know how it is when you go back home, people will grab you and they will want to talk issues. No one grabs me in the aisles and says, 'Can you please stop the gay people from getting married up in Massachusetts because they are really affecting the gas prices?'' No one says that to me."
  • Tim Ryan. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate 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

  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Tim Ryan. The Majority Makers And Health Care. 14 July 2009. "And just as all of you do feel, this is such a critical issue for our country. And we started coming to the floor in 2002, Congressman Meek from Florida and I with the 30-something hour, and we were talking about at that point Social Security privatization and just a reminder of what the world would look like today if we would have privatized social security and if Democrats weren't here to prevent that from happening, where we would be now." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Correcting the Record. 27 July 2010. "In addition to that, Mr. Speaker, which I think really highlights the difference between the two parties is, if you look at the alternative budget provided by the Republican Party here in the House of Representatives, it privatizes Social Security and it attempts to turn Medicare into a voucher system for our senior citizens. Again, a leap back to the Bush-era policies. Do we really want to go back there?" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Health Care Reform. 15 March 2010. "This is the same party, Mr. Speaker, that just a few years ago, when I first got in the Congress, the early part of this first decade, wanted to privatize Social Security. You don't hear anybody here saying they want to get rid of Medicare. I remember, we sat on this floor, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz, Kendrick Meek, and myself. Started when we first got in Congress. The first issue we were addressing was President Bush's idea to privatize Social Security. Now, imagine a year and a half ago if you had dumped your 401(k) or your Social Security was looking like your 401(k) and you had nothing to draw upon. That's the kind of vision we're getting from the other side of the aisle." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. 30-Something Working Group. 28 July 2009. "The Social Security privatization, I mention that because, let's imagine where our country would be today if our friends on the other side had their wish and privatized Social Security. Can you imagine where this country would be today if President Bush and Tom DeLay got their wish and privatized Social Security? [¦] Can you imagine the cost to this country if the Republicans had been able to fully implement their economic agenda? They did the tax cuts, they did most of their economic agenda, but fortunately we were able to prevent privatized Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan 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. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. MSNBC 'Hardball with Chris Matthews.' 15 September 2011. "I think it`s critical, because these folks here who are already getting their pensions cut and the police and fire and everyone we`ve already talked about, now in addition too that, oh, by the way, when you go get your Social Security, it`s not going to be what you thought it was going to be when you planned on retiring. So, Social Security has got to be off the table and the Medicare privatization needs to be off the table, too." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "As recovery efforts subside and unacceptably high unemployment continues to devastate our communities, we are pleased that the debt ceiling negotiations seem to be considering jobs as well as how to responsibly reduce spending. However, we remain gravely concerned that yet another, unacceptable cut to Social Security's revenue stream appears to be on the table. Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable. We are united as Democrats in saying that it's time to stand up to the Republican hostage-taking. We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side." (votesmart.org)

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Ohio Congressional Election 2012 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.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Parental Notification"
  • Tim Ryan. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (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 Tim Ryan a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Democrats in Congress Pass Abortion Reduction Initiative. 19 July 2007. "It is our moral obligation to address those issues with which all sides agree. Whether you are pro-life like me or pro-choice like my friend Congresswoman DeLauro, the common ground we must build upon is our serious desire to reduce the rate of abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. US News: Rep. Tim Ryan: My Plan for Common Ground on Abortion. 24 August 2009. "I am a pro-life member of Congress. I have voted in favor of parental notification laws, for the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, against abortion in federally funded military medical facilities, for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, against partial-birth abortion, and against human cloning. I stand by all those votes and, in addition, I have explained to Speaker Pelosi my position that healthcare reform should prohibit public funds from paying for abortions (a provision which the House Energy and Commerce Committee added to the bill)." (www.usnews.com)
  • Tim Ryan. Reps. Ryan And Delauro Bridge The Abortion Divide With New Bill. 23 July 2009. "With this legislation, we have found common ground on one of the most divisive debates in America. It's my belief that if we are really serious about reducing the need for abortions in this country, then we need to promote prevention in order to achieve that goal. People may and likely will—continue to have disagreements over this issue, but we must still work together in the instances where we agree." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Congressman Tim Ryan's Statement on Recent Attacks in Ohio Against Women's Health Care. 6 December 2011. "The Ohio Senate has also insisted on pushing an abortion ban that is so expansive, even the Ohio Right to Life opposes it. The 'Heartbeat' bill is one more step in a radical direction that would prohibit women who are victims of rape or incest from making decisions about their own health care. This is wrong." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. Issue Position: Preventing the Need for Abortions. 8 February 2012. "It's not the traditional pro-life stance, and it's not the traditional pro-choice stance. The aim is to prevent the need for females to even have an abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. MSNBC "Hardball With Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 18 May 2009. "The debate has always consisted of pro- choice/pro-life. One side doesn't want anything to change and the other side wants to put doctors and women in prison. And I think the transformational effect of our legislation that Rosa and I have put together over the past three or four years, the speech that Barack Obama gave yesterday, puts us into a new realm. And the discussion now is going to be, 'Are you for reducing the number of abortions or are you for having the same bitter fight that we had over the last 35 years?'" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

Women have the right to choose, and I do not support efforts to overturn the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision. I believe in measures that will reduce the number of abortions and support women while they are pregnant.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I support combat operations in Afghanistan and President Obama's timetable for withdrawal.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I support measures that require all Americans to pay a fair share. I will not cut social spending while giving tax breaks to the super-rich and funding wars abroad. Balancing the budget must be a long-term priority.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

Our legal system needs major reform that reduces repeat offenders and rehabilitates offenders while protecting citizens.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tim Ryan. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tim Ryan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Tim Ryan a grade of 36." (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

I support the 2nd amendment right to bear arms and responsible gun ownership. With that right comes a responsibility to make sure we keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Tim Ryan. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Tim Ryan. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Ryan. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Tim Ryan voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending 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
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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.
Greatly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.
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