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Tim Kaine's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (VA) - Jr, 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 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

  • "The Republicans attempted to use the forthcoming Papal visit to force a vote on a 20-week federal abortion ban that has already been struck down by numerous federal courts as unconstitutional. Because it violates the 14th Amendment and 40 years of Supreme Court precedent, I voted against it. Nothing in my Catholic faith suggests that I should support legislation that violates the Constitution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1022073/kaine-statement-on-vote-against-federal-abortion-ban (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions and, for that reason, will oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664806/issue-position-individual-rights (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/50772/tim-kaine (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

  • "There is no reason why we should be giving tax subsidies to major oil companies -- particularly when they are making record profits. And, the Bush tax cuts, made temporary specifically because of worries about the deficit, should be allowed to expire as planned for those making $500,000 a year or more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664795/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=tax%20cuts (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] rather than raise taxes on the wealthy by a single penny, they'd put thousands of defense jobs at risk. Let's be clear: That's not fiscally responsible. That's fiscally reckless." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738299/tim-kaines-dnc-speech/?search=cuts (votesmart.org)
  • "If you let the Bush tax cuts expire over 500,000 [dollars in annual income], that's more than $500 billion of deficit reduction." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/12/tim-kaine-buffett-rule-bush-tax-cuts_n_1421076.html (www.huffingtonpost.com)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It’s time to update the one-size-fits all sentences for drug offenses that have contributed to an explosion in the U.S. prison population over the last 30 years […] The Smarter Sentencing Act would reduce mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders and give judges greater authority to determine the right sentence for the crime – saving billions in taxpayer dollars and putting faith back into our criminal justice system." http://www.kaine.senate.gov/press-releases/kaine-announces-support-for-drug-sentencing-reform-legislation (www.kaine.senate.gov)
  • "I also pledge to continue Senator Jim Webb's effort to focus attention on the overuse of incarceration in this nation, especially as applied to African-American males." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664806/issue-position-individual-rights (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.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54061 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our economy and quality of life depend on robust transportation infrastructure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1005478/kaine-statement-on-highway-trust-fund/?search=bridges (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only do investments in infrastructure support critical transportation needs, they are also an avenue for job creation and raise our platform for economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1037013/issue-position-transportation-infrastructure (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] we need to make sure that taxes and regulation are low, fair and business friendly. Virginia has a strong track record of maintaining a business-friendly environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664791 (votesmart.org)
  • "The other side fights to protect subsidies for Big Oil. We want to invest in our small businesses. They want bigger tax cuts for those who need it least." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738299/tim-kaines-dnc-speech/?search=cuts (votesmart.org)
  • "That will mean reforms to the federal corporate tax code, reforms to help small business export their products to international markets, and ensuring businesses can access the capital they need to grow and hire." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734776/kaine-shares-small-business-agenda-in-manassas/?search=cuts (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ESSA maintains critical assessment requirements, but it also requires schools to track the progress of every child while also allowing States and school districts to set their own goals for improvement and determine what interventions are best when these achievement gaps persist." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1054359/student-success-act (votesmart.org)
  • "As governor of Virginia, Kaine also signed the state up to support the development of the Common Core. But the state ultimately rejected the academic standards in math and English in favor of its own standards, which state officials deemed more rigorous." http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/tim-kaine-clinton-vp-policy-226036 (www.politico.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 2280 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50589 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I voted against passage of legislation to summarily approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Our national goal should be to generate energy cleaner tomorrow than we do today, not to embrace tar sands oil that is 15-20% more pollution-intensive than conventional oil. Instead of accelerating the use of tar sands oil, we should grow our economy by embracing cleaner energy (e.g., natural gas, wind, solar) developed through American innovation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/949642/kaine-statement-on-passage-of-keystone-xl-pipeline-legislation/ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have to get beyond the idea that we need to choose between a clean environment and a strong economy. We all want cleaner air and water. We all want jobs. They don't have to contradict each other." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/856364/solution-to-climate-change-in-american-innovation/?search=greenhouse (votesmart.org)
  • "I was the first Governor to put in place a state energy plan for Virginia. The plan calls for use of all Virginia energy sources -- coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, hydropower, biodiesel, wind and solar -- and would reduce Virginia's rate of growth in energy use by 40 percent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent, and seeks to increase in-state energy production by 20 percent." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/705260/issue-position-energy/?search=greenhouse (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have to get beyond the idea that we need to choose between a clean environment and a strong economy. We all want cleaner air and water. We all want jobs. They don't have to contradict each other." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/856364/solution-to-climate-change-in-american-innovation/?search=greenhouse (votesmart.org)
  • "Last year, I wrote to the EPA after the proposal came out, arguing that state targets should give more credit to states like Virginia that reduced emissions before they were required to by law, as well as advocating inclusion of a sensible way to adjust the plan if there are unforeseen impacts on electric reliability. It appears that the EPA has acknowledged these suggestions by creating a "safety valve" to preempt undue impacts on reliability and by recognizing Virginia's prior success by assigning it a target that is about 15% easier to meet than before." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1005601/kaine-statement-on-the-clean-power-plan/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I was the first Governor to put in place a state energy plan for Virginia. The plan calls for use of all Virginia energy sources -- coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, hydropower, biodiesel, wind and solar -- and would reduce Virginia's rate of growth in energy use by 40 percent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent, and seeks to increase in-state energy production by 20 percent." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/705260/issue-position-energy/?search=greenhouse (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] Governor Kaine has pledged to work for more aggressive policies for Bay cleanup, and to create a dialogue within the Southern States on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how our natural resources can be an asset for the nation in the area of energy independence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/412742/issue-position-renew-virginia/?search=greenhouse (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of S.Amdt.2910 "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54644 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I served as legal counsel to the effort to guarantee Virginians the right to hunt and fish. I was responsible for common sense reforms to gun laws in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy, and I am committed to making sure felons and the dangerously mentally ill cannot improperly purchase weapons." http://www.kaineforva.com/individual_rights (www.kaineforva.com)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/50772/tim-kaine/37 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the Affordable Care Act as a first step to put patients in charge of their health care decisions and put the brakes on runaway health care costs that were crippling patients and businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664803/issue-position-healthcare/?search=affordable%20care (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I am committed to improving our health care system and lowering the growth in health care costs. The Affordable Care Act is a critical step in this direction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1035741/issue-position-health-care/?search=affordable%20care (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.744 "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45513 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Supreme Court's split decision on DAPA and DACA is a setback, but the fight to bring millions of families in Virginia and across the country out of the shadows is far from over." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1096606/kaine-statement-on-united-states-v-texas-ruling (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the DREAM Act so that students brought to the United States by their parents are not penalized, but instead given a meaningful opportunity to educate themselves and/or serve in our nation's military, thereby becoming productive members of this country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/705271/issue-position-immigration (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I stand with same-sex couples and their loved ones in applauding the decision to affirm the equal treatment of all married couples under the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794746/kaine-statement-on-supreme-court-decisions-supporting-marriage-equality (votesmart.org)
  • "As Governor, I campaigned against an amendment to the Virginia constitution that banned any legal recognition of same-sex relationships and signed an executive order to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. As a Senator, I was proud to join the bipartisan amicus brief to the Supreme Court that details our belief that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and I will continue to support efforts to ensure equal treatment under the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/848019/issue-position-individual-rights (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/50772/tim-kaine/76 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's my hope that this proposal will help move the ball forward on what a specific and narrow authorization for limited military action against ISIL should look like -- one that bars the deployment of U.S. ground combat troops except for rescue missions or limited operations against high-value targets, and sunsets in one year so that progress can be assessed before continuing the mission." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921247/kaine-introduces-authorization-for-use-of-military-force-against-isil/?search=syria (votesmart.org)
  • "I disagree with the President's assertion that he has all necessary legal authority to wage an offensive war against ISIL without Congressional approval. But the President does acknowledge the need for Congressional approval of his plan to support the Syrian opposition and invites broader Congressional support of the multinational effort to defeat ISIL." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921238/kaine-statement-on-president-obamas-address-on-isil/?search=syria (votesmart.org)
  • "Hillary and I also agree that the establishment of humanitarian zones in northern Syria with the provision of international human aid, consistent with the U.N. Security Council resolution that was passed in February 2014, would be a very, very good idea." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1135498/the-mike-pence-vs-tim-kaine-vice-presidential-debate-transcript (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

  • "For decades, Social Security has been a vital program for our seniors, and we must preserve this aspect of the social safety net. However, I am committed to finding common ground on reforms and adjustments that strengthen the program for future generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/848010/issue-position-budget/ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/50772/tim-kaine/53 (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

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

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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