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Bryan Lentz's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Bryan Lentz refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Planned Parenthood. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 14 September 2010. Planned Parenthood endorsed Bryan Lentz in the 2010 general election. (
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 26 October 2010. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Bryan Lentz in the 2010 General Election. (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynch, Danielle. 2010. Daily Local News: Deep political roots for Lentz, Meehan (videos). 25 October 2010. "Lentz said the stimulus bill helped overall. In particular, he said, local school districts, like Upper Darby, received adequate funding. But he also said the bill should have focused more on transformational infrastructure projects." (
  • Bryan Lentz. Delaware County Daily Times - Lentz: Job Creation is No. 1 Issue. 26 July 2010. "State Rep. Bryan Lentz, the Democratic candidate for the 7th Congressional District, discussed his plans for the nation's economic recovery during a town hall forum Saturday afternoon. "The No. 1 issue throughout this country and particularly this district is jobs," said Lentz, while addressing a group of residents at the Wayne Art Center off Maplewood Avenue. Lentz outlined some ways he'd like to improve the economy, including encouraging businesses to use capital on people, facilities and equipment. He said it's also important to give companies incentives to invest and expand and provide small businesses with access to loans to bring good-paying jobs to the region. In addition, Lentz said he supported investments in education, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. He also believes there needs to be more investments in the nation's infrastructure. We have to confront the debt," Lentz responded. "There is a sense that the debt is so bad we can't spend. The fact that we have debt doesn't prevent us from investing on infrastructure and education. The debt is serious but we shouldn't let it scare us from investing." (
  • Bryan Lentz. Issue Position: Create Jobs and Get Our Economy Back On Track. "Born and raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Bryan was taught early the value of hard work and personal responsibility. Bryan understands that the best way to get our economy back on track is to protect the jobs we already have here and create new good-paying jobs that can't be shipped overseas. Bryan will fight to end tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas and cut taxes for small businesses that are creating jobs here at home. Small businesses drive our economy and create the vast majority of new jobs. Bryan will work hard to ensure that small business owners have access to the capital they need to keep our economy thriving. As a tough former prosecutor, Bryan will also make sure that Wall Street is held accountable for the type of unchecked greed and bad practices that led to the recent financial crisis so that consumers can have confidence in our economy again." (
  • Bryan Lentz. Lentz Holds Town Hall Forum on Jobs and Economy in Havertown for Ninth Stop on Economic Tour. 21 August 2010. "During the town hall, Lentz said he had visited manufacturers in the region like American Crane & Equipment and Container Research Corporation that were providing good-paying jobs and competing successfully with low-cost producers around the world by creating products that were better in quality and more advanced technologically. These kinds of companies should be given incentives for investing in research and development and upgrading their facilities, Lentz said. "Offering strong incentives for research and investing in new equipment will result in the kinds of spending that leads to more jobs at companies like American Crane and Container Research as well as the companies that they are buying supplies from," Lentz said. (
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bryan Lentz. Lentz Discusses Social Security, Medicare, Debt Reduction At Town Hall With Seniors. 14 July 2010. "Protecting our Seniors and the benefits they have earned should be our number one priority," Lentz said. "These issues are too important for partisan politics because it is the national obligation of every American to honor those who came before us. It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, we should all be able to agree on that." (
  • Bryan Lentz. Issue Position: Care for Our Seniors. "Bryan is the great-grandson of a Pennsylvania coal miner who began work in the mines at the age of twelve, so he understands the hard work and sacrifice that previous generations have put into building this great country. That is why he will always fight to ensure that Social Security and Medicare are guaranteed for future generations of workers and retirees. America's workforce and its seniors should not be jeopardized by market fluctuations and must be protected from inflation. Workers should have opportunities and incentives to invest for their retirement, but not at the expense of the traditional Social Security system. We have an obligation to our hardworking men and women to honor the promise our nation has made to them. Bryan will work hard to keep that pledge and to protect all of the benefits that our nation's seniors have earned." (
  • Bryan Lentz. Lentz Receives Endorsement of National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. 18 August 2010. "Representative Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, announced that he was endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) at a town hall forum he held for seniors in Folsom last night...Lentz said that he would seek to maintain the current system of benefits in Congress, and oppose ongoing calls by Republican Party leaders to invest Social Security funds in the stock market and create a voucher system for Medicare. "Social Security and Medicare are good programs that have improved the quality of life for millions of Americans," Lentz said. "When we start the conversation it ought to be about how we can preserve and protect them, not about scrapping them..."We should not be gambling with people's retirement savings in an unpredictable stock market," Lentz said." (
  • Bryan Lentz. Lentz to Receive Endorsement of National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare During Senior Town Hall Forum in Folsom on August 17 at 7 p.m. 13 August 2010. "Representative Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, announced he would be receiving the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare at a town hall forum he is holding for Seniors in Folsom next Tuesday..."Politicians should not be gambling with the financial security of Seniors in the stock market," Lentz said. "We've made a commitment to our Seniors that they've lived their whole lives by, and it's important to make sure that we honor that commitment...Lentz said that he would be a strong advocate for protecting Seniors' benefits and opposes privatization. Significant strides could be made shoring up Medicare by eliminating fraud and waste in the current system, he added." (
  • Bryan Lentz. Pat Meehan Aligns Campaign With Another Leading Proponent of Privatizing Social Security. 22 September 2010. "Bryan Lentz has been a vocal supporter of maintaining the nation's safety net for Seniors throughout his campaign for Congress, and last monght received the endorsement of The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare from a representative of that organization at a town hall forum he held for Seniors. "It doesn't matter where I'm speaking or who I'm speaking with, I'm not afraid to say where I stand on Medicare or Social Security," Lentz said. "Medicare and Social Security are an important part of the safety net we've set up to make sure that Seniors can enjoy their retirement without fears that they are one illness away from being bankrupt. It's a commitment we've made to our Seniors I intend to keep." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bryan Lentz. HB 1. Clean Energy Program. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brian Lentz voted YES on 11 March 2008. (
  • Bryan Lentz. HB 1200. Alternative Energy Incentives. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bryan Lentz voted YES on 20 June 2007. (
  • Bryan Lentz. HB 1202. Clean Fuels and Energy Independence Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bryan Lentz voted YES on 20 June 2007. (
  • Bryan Lentz. Issue Position: Invest in Renewable Energy. "Our brave men and women in uniform risk everything to preserve our freedom while we continue to put our national security at risk with our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. As a veteran of the Iraq War and a former Army Airborne Ranger, Bryan understands that energy independence is a major key to strengthening our national security. He will fight for alternatives to combat high gas and home heating prices and for a national commitment to the development of renewable energy, green technology and energy independence. Bryan will also work to provide tax cuts to companies that take advantage of innovative renewable energy technologies like wind, solar and geothermal. He knows that these industries will create the good-paying American jobs of the future and strengthen our national security." (
Yes Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bryan Lentz. A 6178 to HB 1845. Reporting Missing Firearms. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bryan Lentz voted YES on 1 April 2008. (
  • National Rifle Association. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 2 June 2010. "In 2008 National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund gave Bryan Lentz a grade of F." (
  • Bryan Lentz. House Judiciary Committee to vote on Lentz gun permit bill . 4 June 2010. "The House Judiciary Committee will vote on legislation (H.B. 2536) next week introduced by state Rep. Bryan R. Lentz, D-Delaware, that would strengthen Pennsylvania's gun permit law. The committee hearing will be held at the call of the chair Tuesday, June 8 in 60 East Wing of the Capitol Complex. Lentz's bill would prohibit Pennsylvania residents from carrying a firearm if they have been denied a "license to carry" by the Commonwealth. Lentz has dubbed his proposal the "PA Gun Owners PA Permit Act -- an act to close out-of-state loopholes that put guns in the wrong people's hands." He explained that a loophole in state law provides an opportunity for Pennsylvania residents to legally carry a firearm in the Commonwealth even when they have been denied or revoked a license to carry by Pennsylvania authorities. Current law allows a person to carry a firearm if he or she possesses a valid license or permit issued by another state -- regardless of whether a reciprocity agreement exists between the Commonwealth and the state." (
  • Bryan Lentz. Lentz to Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Gun Permit Law in Pennsylvania. 20 May 2010. "This exception provides an opportunity for Pennsylvania residents to legally carry a firearm in the Commonwealth even when they have been denied or revoked a 'license to carry' by Pennsylvania authorities. Pennsylvania residents who have been denied or revoked a license to carry, for whatever reason, have used this loophole to purchase a license and firearms in another state. I believe this legislation is necessary to ensure that local authorities retain control over the permit process and that Pennsylvania residents who are granted a license to carry have met the standards of our state and not those of another state whose standards may be less than ours. It will also prevent individuals circumventing our system from obtaining out-of-state permits to commit crimes in the Commonwealth." (
  • Bryan Lentz. - Hearing To Close Gun Permit Loophole. 10 August 2010. "Pennsylvania Representative Bryan Lentz is pushing for legislation that would make it illegal for criminals to carry concealed weapons. The Delaware County Democrat introduced a bill in May to close a loophole that allows residents who are denied a gun permit in Pennsylvania to use a permit from another state. Lentz explained how some people, many with arrest records, are obtaining gun permits in Florida to use in Pennsylvania. "They apply to the state of Florida and they receive the permit back in the mail and local police have to honor that permit. Even though they know the person has been denied a permit or shouldn't be carrying a gun." Lentz considers the out of state permits "a get out of jail free card." Lentz said Pennsylvania State Police believe about 3,100 permits have been issued in the state and many were approved through the loophole. "There are many states that lack our background check." Pennsylvania has a "character clause." That means "they can look and say if you're the town drunk and go to the bar Friday and get into a fight we don't want you carrying a gun. Or if you're someone who associates with drug dealers or someone we know has entered with the wrong crowd." Other states just look into whether a person has been convicted. Lentz said "we have a system here and the system is it's controlled by local law enforcement. We shouldn't let an official in Florida, at the Department of Agriculture, we shouldn't let the Department of Agriculture in Florida decide who carries a gun in Upper Darby, Delaware County." (
  • Segall, Brad. KYW1060: Delco Lawmaker Targets Out-Of-State Gun Permits. 8 June 2010. "A Delaware County lawmaker is trying to close a loophole in Pennsylvania's gun law which allows people to carry firearms legally even if they were turned down for a local permit. State representative Bryan Lentz has legislation up for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee later this month that prohibits state residents from carrying a gun if they went out of state to get a permit after they were denied in Pennsylvania. He believes there are more than 2,000 people in Philadelphia alone who have permits to carry in Florida even though they don't live there and have never lived there: "So they essentially get a 'get-out-of-jail free' card when they're stopped carrying a loaded firearm. They produce a Florida permit and our local law enforcement must honor that which is unacceptable given the arrest record and the background of many of these individuals." Lentz knows of a case in his district where a man with nine prior arrests was stopped with a loaded firearm and a permit from Florida. He says the Sunshine State is less strict when it comes to handing out permits, looking only at convictions and not a person's character." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bryan Lentz. Lentz: new law lets parents extend insurance policy to uninsured young adults. 24 July 2009. "State Rep. Bryan R. Lentz, D-Delaware, said a new law will help many full-time college students, unemployed young adults and graduates working their first jobs in Pennsylvania gain access to affordable health insurance. The law (Act 4 of 2009) allows parents who have health coverage, whether through their employer or on their own, to extend their policy to include uninsured adult dependent children through age 29. Parents will be responsible for the additional cost of extending the policy. "The economy is rough for everyone, and jobs with health-care benefits are scarce," Lentz said. "Act 4 gives young adults more time to secure a job in a tough market without forgoing health insurance. And allowing parents to add their uninsured child to their policy gives them peace of mind that if a medical emergency arises, their child is covered." Adult children are eligible to be added to a parent's insurance coverage under the law if they are uninsured, younger than 30, unmarried, have no dependents, and are legal residents of Pennsylvania or enrolled full time in college or graduate school. Insurers will determine the premium increase for parents to pay to have their coverage extended. Lentz said under the law, employers that provide coverage are not required to pay a portion of the increased premium cost to extend coverage, but may do so if they wish." (
  • Bryan Lentz. SB 1137. Expanding Subsidized Health Care. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bryan Lentz voted YES on 17 March 2008. (
  • Bryan Lentz. Issue Position: Lower Healthcare Costs and Improve Quality. "As a husband and father, Bryan understands the critical importance of quality, affordable healthcare for every American. Though we spend more on healthcare than any other nation, our healthcare costs continue to skyrocket. These rising costs are unsustainable, and they are already crippling small businesses and making it almost impossible for hardworking families to make ends meet. Bryan will fight to ensure that every American who wants to keep their current doctor and insurance can, and he will fight the insurance companies to stop discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions. Bryan will stand up to the special interests and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in the system to bring down costs and ensure that all Americans have access to affordable healthcare." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynch, Danielle. 2010. Pols weigh in on Ariz. immigration law. 30 July 2010. "I think the bottom line is the state does have a role in enforcing immigration laws," said Lentz. "I am the prime sponsor of a bill that cracks down on employers who are hiring illegal workers." Lentz's legislation would penalize employers, particularly in the construction industry, that misclassify their workers to avoid paying taxes and workers' compensation premiums. The bill passed through the state House and is currently pending in state Senate. 'U.S. Congress has failed to fix the problem and pass a broadened, comprehensive immigration reform,' Lentz said." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Farrell, Joelle. 2010. The Philadelphia Inquirer: Lentz and Schneller debate - and pelt no-show Meehan. 14 October 2010. "Lentz, a former Army Ranger who was deployed to Iraq in 2004, called for a timetable for exiting Afghanistan, a measure Meehan does not support." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynch, Danielle. 2010. Daily Local News: Deep political roots for Lentz, Meehan (videos). 25 October 2010. "Lentz supports civil unions and believes gay marriage should ultimately be legalized." (


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