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Tim Ryan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 13, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 13
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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 2016, 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

  • "This bill is dangerous in its implications and completely ignores the risks posed to women who carry pregnancies with severe and possibly fatal problems that may be discovered after twenty weeks. House Republicans are trying to remove these complex decisions with medical, spiritual, financial and emotional implications, from women and hand it to politicians where it certainly does not belong." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/792795/congressman-tim-ryan-votes-to-oppose-20-week-abortion-ban#.VcI30XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (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

  • "Proving how out of touch Congressional Republicans are with the issues important to average American families, they had the audacity to increase taxes on the middle class by $2,000 in order to pay for a $200,000 tax break for millionaires." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973766/congressman-tim-ryan-statement-on-passage-of-the-republican-budget-conference-report#.VcI4RnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Make no mistake, House Republicans are intent on a government of, by, and for the tea party. Fortunately the public has caught on to the fact that these extremist, tea party tactics are harming the economy and working class families. Due to public pressure, tea party Republicans have finally reversed course and agreed to a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut while we work out the details of a one year package." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/661365/congressman-tim-ryans-statement-on-two-month-extension-of-the-payroll-tax-cut#.VcI5nXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, I understand the damage substance abuse inflicts upon the nation. In my state of Ohio, fatal drug overdoses have been the leading cause of accidental death since 2007. Heroin and opiate addiction is destroying lives, disrupting families and destabilizing communities - it is imperative that we begin to stem this tide." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958627/congressman-tim-ryan-reintroduces-bipartisan-comprehensive-addiction-and-recovery-act#.VcI7UXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill")" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/23644#.VaP2V_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/526073/the-future-of-the-american-economy/?search=Stimulus#.VjN9Z2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/45638/tim-ryan/#.VaainvlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Whether free community college, tax breaks for middle income families, investments into additive manufacturing, building and repairing the country's infrastructure, and investing in medical care, including new prosthetics for our veterans, we need to push these policies because they will relieve the heavy burdens and strains that come from today's downward economic pressures on wages." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958651/congressman-tim-ryan-statement-on-presidents-state-of-the-union-address/?search=tax%20breaks#.VjN-72wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/45638/tim-ryan/#.VaainvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/45638/tim-ryan/#.VaainvlViko (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

  • "I couldn't be more pleased that these funds will be going to those children most in need in Portage County. The Head Start program provides crucial social services that our children rely on, including nutrition and wellness programs for low-income children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/867843/congressman-tim-ryan-announces-14-million-awarded-to-portage-head-start#.VcI8k3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/45638/tim-ryan/#.VaainvlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "First and foremost, I have significant concerns with the environmental, safety, economic and trade issues associated with this proposed project. The Keystone Pipeline will carry up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands oil across the United States to the Gulf Coast to be refined and sold to the global market." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938641/congressman-tim-ryan-statement-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-vote/?search=xl#.VcI9CHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With this move Governor Kasich is rejecting decades of research proving that we must increase our development and use of renewables. These standards were passed with almost unanimous consent seven years ago and they have helped make Ohio a leader in green jobs, such as wind and solar energy manufacturing." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/875169/congressman-tim-ryan-statement-on-gov-kasichs-freeze-of-ohios-renewable-energy-standards#.VcI9dXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry - representing jobs in all fifty states - to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses." http://loebsack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/wind_ptc-itc_extension_letter_final_3.21.2014.pdf (loebsack.house.gov)
  • Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/45638/tim-ryan/#.VaainvlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VaP46_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The bill will promote sustainable development and enable communities to cut traffic congestion; reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption [?]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/541471/following-key-senate-vote-brown-ryan-discuss-bill-aimed-at-improving-the-livability-of-ohio-towns-and-rebuilding-communities-with-vacant-and-abandoned-properties/?search=greenhouse#.VjOAamwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/45638/tim-ryan/#.VaainvlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • "And I'm interested in making sure that the Sandy Hooks and the Auroras and the gun violence that is going on in the cities - and has been going on in cities for a long, long time - begins to be reduced. [?] There are very few prosecutions of that person who is trying to illegally buy a gun. ... And nothing happens with that information. There's very few prosecutions on things like that." http://www.wksu.org/news/story/34748 (www.wksu.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VaPp2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VaPv9flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's decision means 161,000 Ohioans and 6.4 million Americans will be able to keep their health care. It is clear that the Affordable Care Act ensures that everyone in the United States has the right to access affordable, quality health coverage-- regardless of who they are or where they live." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/992811/congressman-tim-ryan-statement-on-supreme-courts-affordable-care-act-decision#.VcI_bnUVhHw (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

  • Voted in favor H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VaPzYvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no doubt that we would all prefer to fix our immigration system through the legislative process, and the time to act is now. President Obama's executive action on immigration is measured and will help level the playing field for all American workers - not just for those who are undocumented - by putting an end to employers hiring undocumented workers in an effort to pay lower wages and avoid providing benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939722/congressman-tim-ryan-issues-statement-on-president-obamas-immigration-announcement#.VcI_7HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The promotion of fairness and justice is a hallmark of who we are as Americans. All men and women deserve to be able to love and marry whomever they choose and today's decision will go down in history as a win for equality for all Americans. Marriage rights should not depend on what state you live in or who you love, but the understanding that all men and women should be treated equally. Today love won." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/992817/congressman-tim-ryan-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-on-same-sex-marriage#.VcJAZ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I call on the Supreme Court to do the right thing and end these discriminatory LGBT laws and establish a national right to same-sex marriage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973763/congressman-tim-ryan-statement-on-supreme-court-same-sex-marriage-hearing#.VjOJ9mwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support same-sex marriage? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/45638/tim-ryan/#.VaainvlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I stand behind the strategic strikes in Syria led by the United States and a joint coalition of Arab countries. This is an international problem and I am pleased to see that countries in the region and around the world are joining our nation in the fight against this terrorist threat." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/926099/congressman-tim-ryans-statement-on-strategic-strikes-against-isil#.VcJAzHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/45638/tim-ryan/#.VaainvlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors#.VcJBLnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/45638/tim-ryan/#.VaainvlViko (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.

Pro-choiceInferred Answer Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Ryan supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill is dangerous in its implications and completely ignores the risks posed to women who carry pregnancies with severe and possibly fatal problems that may be discovered after twenty weeks. House Republicans are trying to remove these complex decisions with medical, spiritual, financial and emotional implications, from women and hand it to politicians where it certainly does not belong." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/792795/congressman-tim-ryan-votes-to-oppose-20-week-abortion-ban#.VcI30XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (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. 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. 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. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tim Ryan voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (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. 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. 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)
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: "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: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed 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: "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: "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
  • Voted in favor H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VaPzYvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no doubt that we would all prefer to fix our immigration system through the legislative process, and the time to act is now. President Obama's executive action on immigration is measured and will help level the playing field for all American workers - not just for those who are undocumented - by putting an end to employers hiring undocumented workers in an effort to pay lower wages and avoid providing benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939722/congressman-tim-ryan-issues-statement-on-president-obamas-immigration-announcement#.VcI_7HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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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