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Jim Langevin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (RI) - District 2, Democratic
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Jim Langevin has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jim Langevin is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • James Langevin. FNC Your World with Neil Cavuto. 24 May 2005. "Well, I believe that my support of stem cell research is very consistent with my pro-life view. What could be more pro-life than extending and improving the quality of life for millions of Americans, indeed millions of people around the world, who are struggling with some of life's most challenging conditions and diseases? Embryonic and adult stem cell research offers great hope to millions in finding cures for these challenging conditions and diseases. And I think that, as a caring and compassionate nation, we have a moral obligation to pursue stem cell research, so that we can realize its full potential. I think it's the right thing to do." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. The Department Of State, Foreigh Operations And Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008"Continued. 21 June 2007. "Like so many of my colleagues, I am opposed to abortion. And this position compels me to work to promote access to contraception and other methods of pregnancy prevention. I also feel that being pro-life means working to protect life at all stages, and to alleviate suffering wherever I am able to do so is an important priority. Rarely has the world known such intense suffering as that faced by sub-Saharan Africa today." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Langevin Supports Health Care Reform. 19 March 2009. "Most importantly, we must not lose sight of the big picture. Being pro-life means more than being anti-abortion. It also means protecting the 45,000 people who die every year because they lack proper health care. Nothing could be more pro-life than ensuring access to lifesaving and life-improving treatments for every American, not just those who can afford it. That is what this bill begins to accomplish, and I am proud to support it." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Jim Langevin voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jim Langevin voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jim Langevin voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (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 Jim Langevin a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jim Langevin voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
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

  • James Langevin. Langevin Says Education and Medicare are Key Priorities in Budget Debate. 25 April 2011. "An equitable and balanced approach to our debt and deficit would preserve our commitment to seniors through Medicare and Social Security by considering all parts of the budget and asking for shared sacrifice from everyone. Langevin has advocated ending tax subsidies to oil companies as well as the breaks provided to the wealthiest two percent under the Bush tax cuts. "We will only be able to develop a realistic plan to tackle our fiscal challenges if we work together to find genuine savings, which must include examining entitlement programs, but also excessive defense spending as well as unfair and outdated sections of the tax code," said Langevin. 'We can't rely on cuts that cost jobs and increase expenses for the very people who can least afford them.'" (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Langevin Makes Case for Compromise in Debt Ceiling Debate. 28 July 2011. "Our surest path to success includes a balanced approach of spending cuts and revenue increases that will reduce our budget deficit, stabilize our rising debt, reassure global markets and create greater economic certainty to bolster our fragile recovery. I will not support a plan that forces benefit cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid or places the entire burden of deficit reduction on middle-class families, seniors, the disabled and others already struggling through the effects of a deep recession. We must all be willing to share in the sacrifice, and that includes multinational corporations and the richest 2 percent of income earners who received the lion's share of tax breaks under the Bush tax cuts. This approach has bipartisan support in the Senate, as well as from officials in previous Democratic and Republican Administrations." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Langevin. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jim Langevin voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • 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 Jim Langevin a rating of 4 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jim Langevin voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • James Langevin. Issue Position: Education. 13 October 2011. "I believe strongly in supporting public schools, students and teachers. The passage of No Child Left Behind established a vision of schools holding all students to high standards and true equality of opportunity in education. As the law has been implemented, it has met with both successes and challenges. In order to achieve true K - 12 education reform, the challenges reported by teachers, administrators and parents must be addressed. Teachers must be given the support they need to meet new standards set for them - this means access to meaningful professional development programs and the time to participate in those programs. States must be given the flexibility to include multiple measures of student achievement and measure growth over time. The supplemental services to schools performing below standard promised in No Child Left Behind must reach the students that need the assistance. Above all, the federal government must live up to the funding promised in No Child Left Behind." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. President's FY 2009 Budget Request. 6 February 2008. "A real economic plan should also include an investment in education and job training programs that will promote new employment and ensure that our workforce can adapt to the jobs of the future. Unfortunately, those programs are not priorities in the President's budget, and even proposed funding for No Child Left Behind, a program that the President touts as one of his biggest accomplishments, does not keep pace with the rate of inflation. If this budget is enacted, Rhode Island would see $1.5 million less for after-school programs and a cut of almost $6 million for career and technical education. Even with lay-offs happening all across our State, President Bush wants to cut adult employment and training services, which would decrease Rhode Island's One-Stop Career System by half a million dollars." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim Langevin in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim Langevin in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jim Langevin voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island 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 Jim Langevin in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim Langevin in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Jim Langevin in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Langevin. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Renewing the Assault Weapons Ban. 22 April 2004 "I am proud to join 108 of my colleagues as a cosponsor of H.R. 2038, the Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act. This vital legislation will permanently extend the 1994 Act and help keep these weapons out of our country and away from criminals. If we allow the assault weapons ban to expire, our streets will again be flooded with an arsenal of Uzis and AK-47s-guns [¦] The weapons banned under current law pose too great a risk to the general public, and especially law enforcement officers, to be legalized. For this reason, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police both support extending the ban. In addition to this important measure, I have introduced two other pieces of legislation to cut down on shooting deaths [¦] The three pieces of legislation [¦] do not unreasonably restrict law-abiding citizens from using appropriate firearms for sporting purposes or self-protection. Rather, sensible gun control prevents firearms from getting into the wrong hands." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Langevin Introduces Gun Dealer Legislation. 5 December 2005. "Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) announced today that he recently introduced bipartisan legislation to stop illegal gun trafficking with 13 cosponsors, including Congressman Chris Shays (R-CT). The Crackdown on Deadbeat Dealers Act aims to increase dealer compliance in an effort to keep guns out of criminal hands. 'If passed, this bill will hold gun dealers, or Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs), accountable when they knowingly sell guns to criminals,' said Langevin. 'My single purpose for this legislation is to make our communities safer. Real protection means providing authorities with the strongest possible mechanisms to prevent unlawful purchases.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. 29 September 2004. "Mr. Speaker, today I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 3193, legislation that would repeal Washington, DC's, self-enacted gun ban. For nearly 30 years, this ban has protected the citizens of Washington and the city's 20 million annual tourists. Over the last year, D.C. homicides are down 24 percent, and there have been 55 percent fewer murders since 1994. While the ban has not been perfect, there is no excuse for Congress making it easier for murderers and terrorists to get their hands on legal assault weapons. More guns will lead to more murders." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jim Langevin in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jim Langevin a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jim Langevin in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • James Langevin. A Tribute to Congressman Patrick Kennedy. 17 December 2010. "I rise today to honor my colleague and good friend, Congressman Patrick Kennedy from Rhode Island [¦] I remember well one of his early efforts to enact responsible gun control measures, an issue that was and is very important to me as well." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • James Langevin. Langevin Votes For Health Care Reform. 21 March 2010. "Congressman Jim Langevin this evening voted for H.R. 4872 -- the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 - and H.R. 3590 -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Earlier in the week, he began the final push for health insurance reform as a member of the House Committee on the Budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Jim Langevin. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Langevin, Cicilline Oppose GOP Efforts to Repeal Historic Health Reform Law. 19 January 2011. "Today, Rhode Island Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline will vote in opposition to a Republican attempt to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the historic health reform bill that was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Troops Come First, Crunching the Numbers, Bridging the Digital Divide, A Healthier Nation. 15 December 2010. "Everyone deserves access to quality and affordable healthcare. One of my proudest moments in Congress has been the passage of H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the accompanying H.R. 4872, Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, to provide security and stability to Americans who have health insurance, guarantee insurance to the millions who don't, and lower health care costs for our families, businesses and the government. This law will help millions of Americans and provides a framework on which to build a sustainable health care system in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Issue Position: Health Care. 13 October 2011. "On March 21st, I was proud to join my Congressional colleagues in taking an historic vote to pass comprehensive health reform legislation. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) will begin to institute the changes we need to provide more security and stability to Americans who have health insurance, guarantee insurance to the millions who don't, and lower health care costs for our families, businesses and the government. It will expand coverage to 32 million Americans, promote a strong health care workforce, reduce the deficit by $139 billion over 10 years and protect Medicare for our seniors." (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

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Jim Langevin. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jim Langevin voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 28 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jim Langevin voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Daily Kos: RI's Langevin comes out for marriage Equality. 5 March 2011. "As the debate about same-sex marriage continues in Rhode Island and in Washington, I have taken time to reflect carefully on my own position. Based on my own experiences and my firm belief that all Americans should be treated equally under the law, I am now convinced that affording full marriage equality rights to same-sex couples is the only fair and responsible approach for both Rhode Island and the nation. If our nation expects to provide equal protection to all, then our civic institutions must reflect that noble goal." (www.dailykos.com)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Family Research Council 28 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jim Langevin voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Jim Langevin voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 77 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • James Langevin. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 17 May 2012. "Mr. Chair, we should not jeopardize our men and women in uniform by hamstringing their ability to engage when threatened or returning fire. Certainly the Predators are incredibly powerful tools, and they need to be used judiciously and appropriately. I believe that they are only when necessary. The language here as it is written would threaten many of the most urgent uses of remotely powered aircraft. For example, if our troops are under fire from an unknown assailant or if an insurgent is placing a bomb, this language, as I read it, would prohibit targeting that individual. Mr. Chairman, patterns of behavior are certainly appropriate indicators and are vetted strenuously. John Brennan at the White House has indicated and stated publicly that the drone-strike policy was rooted in adherence to law, and indeed the authorization for use of military force provides the President with the authority to 'use all necessary and appropriate force.' There are strict policies for how these tools can be used: there has to be a significant threat to the United States; action could mitigate or prevent an actual threat from materializing; capture is not feasible or could put U.S. servicemen and -women in undue harm; and collateral damage and harm to civilians is minimal. This strict criteria is what can be used, and I think they are the tools that we need to preserve." (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

  • James Langevin. Providing for Consideration of S. 2986, Increasing the Public Debt Limit. 20 November 2004. "Most alarming is the Administration's refusal to admit that the ballooning budget deficit is a problem. Despite the President's campaign promise to cut the deficit in half, next year's deficit will likely to be even larger than this year's due to commitments abroad as well as the President's promises to privatize Social Security while funding homeland security needs and reforming the Tax Code." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island 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."
  • Jim Langevin. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Rhode Island 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."
  • James Langevin. Langevin Senior Center Tour Stops in Warwick, Cranston and Westerly. 11 July 2011. "It was not an easy vote to cast, but I concluded that I had no choice but to vote to raise the debt ceiling to ensure that this country does not bear the harmful consequences that would come from default. I voted for this bill with the assurance that it provides some critical safeguards to important programs on which our most vulnerable citizens rely, with no cuts to Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits if the trigger goes into effect. We can't ask seniors to sacrifice when the wealthiest few are not asked to do the same." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Bush Solution for Social Security: Cut Taxes for Wealthy, Cut Benefits for Seniors. 4 January 2005. "Rather than pursue a common-sense strategy to solve one of the most significant domestic challenges facing our nation, the Administration has decided to rely upon the financial services industry and the uncertainty of the stock market to fill in the income gap [¦] How this Administration can continue to support tax cuts for the wealthy while gambling with the Social Security safety net is beyond my comprehension. We need real solutions and real answers - not another hand out for special interests." (votesmart.org)
  • James Langevin. Issue Position: Social Security. 13 October 2011. "Privatizing the Social Security system would expose current and future retirees and their families to great risk and endanger the safety net on which they will rely in their golden years. Under a privatized system, Social Security benefits would no longer be determined primarily by a worker's earnings and the contributions made over the course of an individual's career. It has become particularly clear in recent years that the stock market can be extremely risky for investors. America's seniors deserve to be confident in the knowledge that their retirement savings will be available in the future, and not subject to the whims of the financial markets." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jim Langevin supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2000 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support.
c) Abortions should always be legally available.
d) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xf) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
g) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xh) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion.
Xi) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
j) Support "buffer-zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least five feet from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
Xk) Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions.
l) Other
Budgetary Priorities
Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Maintain Funding Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Education
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Environmental
Maintain Funding Statusf) International aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Maintain Funding Statusi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Scientific Research
Maintain Funding Statusl) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusm) Welfare
n) Other
No2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?
Defense Spending
Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Funding Statusb) Covert intelligence operations
Maintain Funding Statusc) Defense plant conversion
Maintain Funding Statusd) Military hardware
Maintain Funding Statuse) Military space shuttle missions
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Funding Statusg) National Missile Defense Program
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increase Fundingi) Programs to improve military retention rates
Maintain Funding Statusj) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Troop and equipment readiness
l) Other
Budget Surplus
Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus.
Medium Prioritya) Defense
High Priorityb) Education
Highest Priorityc) Federal debt reduction
High Priorityd) Medicare
Highest Prioritye) Social Security
Lowest Priorityf) Tax cuts
g) Other
Taxes
Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories.
Income Taxes - Family Income
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
c) $75,000 - $150,000
d) Over $150,000
e) Other
Income Taxes - Retiree Income
f) Over $40, 000
g) Other
Other Taxes
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other
Deductions/Credits
Slightly Increasea) Charitable deductions
Greatly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Slightly Increasec) Mortgage deductions
Greatly Increased) Child tax credit
Greatly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other
Taxes
No2) Do you support replacing the current U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Undecided4) Would you cut taxes if there were an operating surplus?
No5) Would you cut taxes and use Social Security surpluses to supplement the difference?
6) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance issues.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for Congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xd) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xe) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xf) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
Xh) Make campaign spending limits mandatory for all federal candidates.
i) Remove all contribution limits on federal candidates and parties, but require complete and immediate disclosure via the Internet.
j) Require Congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Broaden the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
g) Increase funding for community policing programs.
Xh) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xi) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
j) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
l) Provide block grants to states for implementation of programs to combat juvenile crime.
m) Impose harsher penalties for youths convicted of violent offenses.
Xn) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
p) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Support capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
e) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
f) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
g) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12).
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xe) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit.
h) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
i) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xj) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xk) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xm) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
n) Eliminate federal financial aid for individuals convicted of drug offenses.
Xo) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xp) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
q) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
d) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that offer on-site child care.
Xi) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
Xj) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
k) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
l) The federal government should utilize merit and qualifications in making government contracting decisions.
m) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Waive environmental review requirements for grazing permits.
Xd) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
e) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
i) Strengthen logging restrictions on federal lands.
j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment.
k) Give states added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environment regulations.
l) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns.
Xh) Hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns by children age 16 and under.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Xk) Require a license for gun possession.
l) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education, and natural medicines and remedies.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xf) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xg) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
h) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for purposes other than medical costs.
i) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
j) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
Xk) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Xl) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
m) Increase funding for AIDS programs.
n) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to reduce the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance to six months.
d) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally.
g) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official national language.
i) Support the separation of the INS into two bureaus: one administering naturalization and one administering border patrol.
j) Increase state autonomy in handling immigration issues.
k) Reimburse states for providing services to illegal aliens.
l) Other
International Aid
Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U.S. International Aid.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq only through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted United Nations resolutions.
Xc) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
e) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xf) The U.S. should continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
Xd) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
e) Other
Undecided3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Undecided4) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with China?
Undecided5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes6) Should the US maintain ground troops in Kosovo?
Yes7) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to unfriendly nations?
Undecided8) Do you support modifying the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in order to deploy the National Missile Defense System?
Other
International Trade
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Undecided4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with the United States?
Undecided7) Do you support normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with Vietnam?
Undecided8) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?
No9) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
UndecidedDo you believe there has been a decline in moral and ethical standards in America over the last four decades?
If Yes, please explain what you would do as a member of Congress to address this concern.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
g) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on incomes above $68,400 (which is currently exempt).
Xh) Support a lock box measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.
a) Continuing the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) Support on-line voter registration.
d) Support voting on-line.
e) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xf) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes such as hacking and Internet violence.
Xg) Support strong Internet privacy laws.
h) Regulating the Internet should not in any way be controlled by the federal government.
i) Other
NoDo you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
Xa) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
b) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
c) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
d) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
f) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
g) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
i) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based or other non-profit organizations.
j) Other
Please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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