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Christopher 'Chris' Van Hollen, Jr.

Chris Van Hollen, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Christopher 'Chris' Van Hollen, Jr.
Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 8, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 8
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Katherine; 3 Children: Anna, Nicholas, Alexander
Birth Date: 01/10/1959
Birth Place: Karachi, Pakistan
Home City: Kensington, MD
Religion: Episcopalian
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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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2012 general election. (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 Chris Van Hollen a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 358, the misleadingly titled the "Protect Life Act'' [¦] The bill on the Floor today takes the unprecedented step of preventing a woman from using her own private funds to purchase a full, comprehensive health care plan through the exchanges established in the Affordable Care Act. That is simply another way of denying a woman the right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Letter to President of the United States of America George W. Bush. 16 May 2006. "Around the country, state legislators are introducing bills that would restrict a woman's access to birth control. We are concerned that those who seek to restrict or eliminate safe, legal abortions are expanding their goals and now also seek to restrict access to emergency contraception and other forms of prescription birth control. There are 42 million women in America who must use some method of birth control in order to avoid unintended pregnancies- many of them married. These women would like you to be clear that you support their right to contraception." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Peace Action 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen on the FY10 Supplemental Appropriations. 1 July 2010. "While I supported the McGovern/Obey Amendment, I opposed amendments that would lead to the immediate cutoff of funds to support the president's strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan would have two negative consequences. First, it would immediately strengthen the hand of the most extremist Taliban leaders (those most closely tied to al Qaeda) [¦] Second, an immediate withdrawal of NATO forces would weaken Pakistan's resolve to confront the Pakistani Taliban, the Afghan Taliban, and al Qaeda [¦] There are no guarantees of success in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But, we do know that failure to confront al Qaeda would leave Americans constantly exposed to another attack like that perpetrated on September 11, 2001." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Press Release. Van Hollen Statement Regarding H.Con.Res. 28 Directing the President to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan. 30 March 2011. "American and other NATO forces have been in Afghanistan for 10 years. That is a long haul and at times it seems that we are making little progress in achieving our objective. Like many Americans, I have serious questions about our strategy in Afghanistan. That being said, I oppose this resolution. [¦] the Secretary of Defense has indicated that an ill-timed and precipitous drawdown of forces could threaten the progress and the sacrifices we have made in Afghanistan. A withdrawal of troops in 9 months, as this resolution requires, could create a total power vacuum and be a recipe for anarchy in Afghanistan. The likely result could be a bloodbath with a high probability that al Qaeda will once again establish itself in Afghanistan." (vanhollen.house.gov)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009. 18 May 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009. The FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill implements President Obama's plans for winding down the number of troops in Iraq and refocusing our fight against al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan--a plan I strongly support. The bill includes funds to train Afghan security forces and police, and help with economic development in this struggling nation. This investment in Afghanistan will also strengthen governance and expand the rule of law there." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of Peace Action West 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. 8 July 2011. "In total, the bill allocates $530 billion for Defense Department operations and support. This funding cuts $9 billion from the President's request while increasing overall base funding for the Department of Defense by $17 billion. While I support this legislation, I believe we can meet all our national security needs with fewer resources. The testimony before the Budget Committee on July 8, 2011 made clear that we can reduce defense spending without compromising our national security. That is why I voted for the Frank Amendment that would have reduced the amount of this increase by half. I also supported an amendment offered by Representative Mulvaney that would have held funding in the bill to FY2011 levels. Unfortunately, both amendments failed." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Hearing of the House Budget Committee - "Budgeting for America's National Security". 7 July 2010. "We can no longer afford to spend taxpayer resources without ensuring every dollar is efficiently and effectively invested. There is now bipartisan consensus that all spending, including spending at the Pentagon, must be on the table as we figure out how to get our finances back on track. Many Republicans have expressed their support for reviewing defense spending to find savings, including Governor Haley Barbour, former Majority Leader of the House Dick Army, and Former-Senator and three-term Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Pete Domenici. Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Bill Young also made the case that defense cannot be excluded from this debate when they brought a defense appropriations bill to the House floor that, while still increasing defense funding over this year's level, contained $9 billion in cuts below the President's February budget request for 2012." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Press Release. Van Hollen Statement on H.R. 5856, the FY13 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill 20 July 2012. "The Defense Appropriation Bill exceeds significantly what was requested by the Defense Department. The reality is the other bills that are coming through the Appropriations Committee are taking much deeper cuts “ cuts to education, cuts to affordable health care, cuts to public safety “ because of the funding increases in this defense bill. [¦] Mr. Speaker, there is no higher priority than providing for the security of our country. However, during these difficult economic times, we have to be smarter and more efficient in how we shape our defense budget. In the end, the strength of our military depends on the strength of our economy. If we don't reduce our long-term deficit and get our fiscal house in order, we will weaken our capacity to fund a strong military. At the end of the day, this bill falls short of accomplishing that objective." (vanhollen.house.gov)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. MSNBC "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" “ Transcript. 14 September 2010. "So, we should put to rest this notion that they're out there protecting the small business guy. And we all know that after two Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy, what happened? We actually lost 630,000 private sector jobs in the economy eight years later. So, this notion that you somehow need it for job growth and economic growth has been proven--it"s been proven false by the history of the last eight years. What we do know is that in the long-term doing this and adding $700 billion to the deficit will hurt job growth and slow down the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. NBC "Meet the Press" “ Transcript. 26 September 2010. "David, the House will vote before these tax cuts expire at the end of the year. Whether we vote before the election or not is something we'll take a look at. But I want to be very clear as to what the stakes are here because what the Republicans have said is that they're going to hold tax relief for 98 percent of the American people hostage until they can get permanent tax breaks for the top 2 percent, even though that would blow a $700 billion hole in the deficit, something that would be added to the credit cards of our children and grandchildren, and slow down economic growth and jobs going forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Statement on President's Deficit Reduction Proposal. 19 September 2011. "We must put Americans back to work and kick start our economic recovery as we also work to implement a balanced plan to reduce our deficit over the long term. The President's plans represent a common sense approach to achieve both those goals. Today he laid out the case for putting our fiscal house in order by making difficult cuts and also asking millionaires and billionaires to pay at least the same effective tax rate as many of those who work for them. President Obama's proposals are a welcome contribution to the Joint Committee's ongoing work and deserve serious consideration." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Chris Van Hollen a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 37 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. Small Business Jobs Act Of 2010. 23 September 2010. "Small businesses are the engine of our economy. They employ half of all private sector workers and have been responsible for nearly two-thirds of net job creation over the past fifteen years [¦] H.R. 5297 also delivers a potent package of timely tax relief to the small business sector. As a result of today's legislation, up to $500,000 worth of capital investment in equipment and machinery acquired in 2010 and 2011 can be immediately written off. General business credits can be carried back five years instead of one and won't be subject to the AMT. The available deduction for entrepreneurs' start-up expenses is doubled from $5,000 to $10,000, and direct equity investment in small businesses will receive a zero percent capital gains rate for qualifying investments made this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Statement on President Obama's Address to Congress. 8 September 2011. "The quickest, most effective way to reduce the deficit in the short-term is to put people back to work and kick start our economic recovery. And tonight, President Obama laid out a clear path to achieve that goal with the American Jobs Act. This package will make critical investments in infrastructure that will allow hard-working men and women to rebuild our roads, bridges, and schools, and provide important relief for states so they can keep teachers in the classroom and cops on the beat. It will cut taxes for small businesses to help them hire people and put more money in the pockets of American families. And it does this in a way that does not add a dime to our deficit." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Applauds Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant for Maryland. 16 December 2011. "I congratulate the State of Maryland on winning the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant today. Investments in early childhood education are the most effective way to close the achievement gap and give students the opportunity for success. Maryland is a national leader in this effort, and this award will allow the State to continue to raise standards, improve our child care workforce, and prepare every child for a lifetime of learning." (vanhollen.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
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 Chris Van Hollen in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Chris Van Hollen a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Gun Violence. 1 March 2011. "H.R. 308 is not about gun control. Instead, it's about commonsense ammunition control. The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act sets aside all of the historically contentious debate around gun ownership and instead asks every American a very simple question: Is it really necessary for non-law enforcement civilians to have access to high capacity, 33-round magazines like the one Jared Lee Loughner used to shoot our colleague Gabby Giffords and his other victims in Tucson? I would submit that it is not. And I would further submit that the overwhelming majority of Americans and law abiding gun owners would agree that it is not. Consistent with that commonsense conclusion, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act would simply ban the sale or transfer of high-capacity magazines holding more than ten rounds. Law enforcement records show that the number of high capacity magazines retrieved by police at crime scenes dropped significantly the last time this kind of restriction was in effect, and common sense tells you that smaller magazines with less bullets will lead to less fatalities and injuries during these kinds of horrific attacks." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Applauds Maryland's Implementation of Health Care Reform. 10 January 2011. "I want to congratulate Governor Martin O'Malley and the state of Maryland for its efforts in implementing the Affordable Care Act. By conducting an open, transparent process and incorporating feedback from the public and stakeholders, today's final report from the Governor's Health Care Reform Coordinating Council provides an ambitious yet realistic roadmap for the State as it continues to move forward in providing quality, accessible, and affordable health care for all Marylanders. Our state has been a national leader in ensuring care for our residents, and we will continue to move forward in implementing health care reform that will control costs, expand coverage, and improve health services." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Marks the One-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "One year ago today, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act and changed the course of health care in our nation. This historic reform legislation will bring down health care costs for families and small businesses, expand coverage to millions of Americans, and end the worst practices of insurance companies. It will also help put our nation on more sound fiscal footing, reducing the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next 20 years. Americans have already begun to see the law's effects." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Opening Statement: Mark Up of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 6 April 2011. "The Affordable Care Act will begin to bring down the per capita costs of health care throughout the system -- including Medicare. It includes virtually every cost containment provision recommended by health care experts. In her testimony before this Committee, Dr. Rivlin has said the Affordable Care Act would bend the health care cost curve and that repeal would set back efforts to create a more disciplined and effective health care system. Yet this Republican Budget will kill many of those system-wide reforms that will reduce costs throughout the system, including in Medicare [¦] But we will vigorously oppose any effort to undermine the integrity of these essential supports for seniors and vulnerable individuals." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Press Release: Van Hollen Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health Care Reform. 28 June 2012. "Today's decision is a huge victory for the American people. The historic Affordable Care Act has changed the course of health care in our nation for the better, and will continue to improve the quality of life for all Americans as it is fully phased in." (vanhollen.house.gov)
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. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 91 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Mr. Speaker, I oppose this constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The legislation before us today is nothing more than an attempt by the Republican leadership to exploit a wedge issue that panders to their political base and diverts attention from their abysmal record of non-accomplishment and rubberstamping the incompetence of the Bush Administration. [...] Whatever one's view is on same sex marriage, amending the Constitution is not the place to address this issue. The laws governing marriage fall under the domain of the states and that is where this issue should be addressed." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen signed the Freedom to Marry: Democrats Say I Do pledge. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. Berman Co-authors Bipartisan Letter Urging President Bush to Increse Funding for International Affairs Programs. 19 December 2005. "We are writing to express strong, bipartisan support for an increase in the FY 07 International Affairs budget - one that builds on the sensible funding increases you have requested in recent years. This vital investment in America's fight against global terrorism and efforts to build global stability promotes economic prosperity and expresses the compassion of the American people for those in need around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 13 May 2011. "Bringing Osama bin Laden to justice was the result of the hard work and sacrifice by this nation's intelligence and Special Forces community. These brave men and women are silent warriors who deserve our gratitude and unwavering support. I commend them for their ongoing efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat terrorism around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Statement Honoring The Victims Of The September 11th Attacks. 10 September 2009. "President Obama is dedicated to facing the cancer of global terrorism with renewed purpose and to defeat it at its source. He has made this commitment not only to safeguard lives, but also to honor the commitment of the dedicated men and women in uniform serving in harms way, here at home and around the world. September 11th is a day to remember those who lost their lives and to express our solidarity with the families they left behind. It is a day to honor the heroic public servants who help keep us safe here and abroad, and a day for Americans to express their gratitude for their sacrifice. September 11th is also a day of acknowledgment of the dangerous world we live in today and of the difficult task that still lies ahead." (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

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. CBS "Face the Nation" “ Transcript. 24 October 2010. "The Republican plan to privatize Social Security, which George Bush the other day said was his biggest piece of unfinished business, would be great for the folks on Wall Street, but it would be terrible for seniors who would have seen huge losses in their social security retirement, if that had been in place during the financial meltdown." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. CNN "State Of The Union with Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 15 August 2010. "And we know that the Republican John Boehner was very vocal in support of the Bush plan to privatize Social Security, which, as you know, would have resulted in millions of senior citizens in this country losing a whole lot of their retirement savings during this economic meltdown. And the fact of the matter is, they would like to send more of the Social Security money to Wall Street. That has been a position the Republicans have held for a long time [...] if you privatize Social Security, the end result will be that that money is not there. There is not a stable source of retirement money because we will be literally gambling it on Wall Street." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 16 August 2010. "Their point person on the Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, has put together the so-called roadmap plan which would privatize Social Security along with Medicare. And what these guys essentially want to do is hand over a good chunk of people's retirement savings and give it to Wall Street. I might add that John Boehner, the Republican Leader, wants to repeal the recently passed Wall Street reform bill. So they want to repeal the Wall Street reform bill which is designed to rein in Wall Street, and then they at the same time want to hand more of our seniors' retirement money and our future retirement money over to Wall Street so they can gamble with it as we saw in the financial meltdown. That's irresponsible. And we need to get the word out, because that is what they plan to do, just read their own roadmap." (votesmart.org)

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