Representative Timothy 'Tim' J. Ryan's Political Positions

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Candidate Answer Official Position

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Inferred Answer Inferred Position

Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer Unknown Position

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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
  • "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)
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
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)
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.