Representative Ronald 'Ron' James Kind's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Ronald 'Ron' James Kind
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Tawni; 2 Children: Johnny, Matthew
Birth Date: 03/16/1963
Birth Place: La Crosse, WI
Home City: La Crosse, WI
Religion: Lutheran
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Ron Kind has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

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Wisconsin Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am pro-choice and support the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which protects a woman's right to choose. I believe that abortions should be rare and safe, and that it should be a decision made between a woman, her family and her doctor, based on her own personal beliefs and faith. Furthermore, I believe that all of us must do more to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, particularly teenage pregnancies, as well as support efforts to make adoption more widely available.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

Afghanistan must take responsibility for its security, economic reconstruction and self governance so we can get our troops home safe and sound. As we draw down American troops, we must work with the Afghani and Pakistani people to ensure that al Qaeda no longer enjoys safe havens to plot their next attack.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I support a balanced plan to address our budget deficits. Both sides need to compromise to put on a more fiscally sustainable path. That means making spending cuts but also asking powerful special interests to contribute their fair share by eliminating tax loopholes. We can also save money in Medicare and Medicaid and improve the quality of care by building on health care reform efforts that are transforming our system into one that delivers higher quality care at a lower cost and eliminates waste in the system. We can do that without reducing any benefits for seniors.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I believe that the American people have a right to know who is spending what to influence elections. I support increasing disclosure and strengthening transparency in federal campaigns.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I opposed efforts in 2010 to irresponsibly increase the deficit by extending tax relief beyond working families and small businesses to the wealthiest two percent of taxpayers who need them the least. Without finding spending cuts in the budget to pay for cuts for millionaires, the 2010 tax relief legislation added almost $1 trillion to the deficit. We cannot afford to borrow billions of dollars and add to the debt of our children and grandchildren. For those calling for the extension of tax relief for wealthy Wall Street bankers, they should find corresponding spending cuts to pay for them.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I support the Administration's Race to the Top Initiative that requires education reforms to be eligible for competitive grants. Not all federal grants should be subject to such requirements but Race to the Top had an important role to play in spurring innovation to improve our schools.

NoInferred Answer Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations
  • Ronald Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?" Energy other or expanded principles: "I am willing to support further development of offshore energy production, but the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has clearly shown that we must be very careful in ensuring that we have meaningful oversight to protect the safety of our workers, while minimizing the risk of environmentally destroying our waters."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Ronald Kind. Issue Position: Energy. 20 September 2011. "I have always favored an all of the above energy strategy that includes responsible domestic offshore energy development and increased investment in renewable energy [¦] A "drill only" policy will not make us energy independent. The United States consumes 25% of the world's oil, yet we only have 1.6% of the world's proven oil reserves. Oil extracted from these reserves won't be available at the pump for at least 10 years. And, despite the BP oil spill, domestic oil production last year was at the highest level since 2003 - higher than during most of the Bush Administration. This increased domestic production was not enough to protect us from this spike in gas prices. " (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. House to Act on Comprehensive Energy Legislation New Week. 12 September 2008. "I heard over and over from the families and businesses I visited that we need a comprehensive energy strategy, and this bill represents that strategy. It has it all: tremendous investments in renewable energy, increased domestic supply, and greater conservation. It will move us toward greater energy independence, and I look forward to supporting this historic legislation next week." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Ron Kind voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Ron Kind voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Ron Kind voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Kind: Offshore drilling unlikely. 16 July 2008. "Kind says oil companies already have access to millions of acres of land where they can drill for oil, but they aren't. He wants Congress to enact "use it or lose it" legislation. The measure would require companies to act on the nearly 4,000 leases they control, or lose them." (www.wrn.com)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Ronald Kind. House backs offshore drilling: Foes say plan does little to boost energy supplies. 17 September 2008. "Rep. Ron Kind, a La Crosse Democrat who has broken with his party to vote for offshore drilling in the past, said the alternative energy provisions in the House bill hold the most promise for the country. 'We can't drill our way out of this situation. The whole 'Drill, drill, drill' chant misses the mark,' Kind said. Noting that the country consumes about 25% of the oil being produced in the world but holds only about 3% of the globe's known reserves, he said, 'Our national chant needs to be 'Invent, invent, invent.'" (www.jsonline.com)
Other or expanded principles

I am willing to support further development of offshore energy production, but the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has clearly shown that we must be very careful in ensuring that we have meaningful oversight to protect the safety of our workers, while minimizing the risk of environmentally destroying our waters.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesInferred Answer Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations
  • Ronald Kind. Global Climate Change. 16 November 2004. "Even with their own agencies producing reports on global warming, the President on down has kind of pooh-poohed the findings. And in fact at one time the President commented on one of the global warming studies that came out of the EPA that it was just the work of a bunch of career bureaucrats, as if to discount the findings of that report. But the most recent one, just released in August, was signed off on by the agency heads of those departments, so it is a little more difficult then for the President, with these political appointees, to claim they are just a bunch of bureaucrats doing what bureaucrats supposedly do, in his eyes, and that is producing a bunch of invalid, nonscientific-based reports, when in fact the information out there is just to the contrary [¦] The Earth's environment and ecosystem is based on that ocean circulatory system that would be adversely affected if global warming continues at the pace that it currently is. It could potentially shut down, creating an environmental havoc that perhaps is only realized in the imagination of Hollywood producers right now in the movies they are starting to produce but which may not be that far off from reality. This too I think is a huge implication that we have to start studying more and taking seriously in the policy decisions that we face in the upcoming session of Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "I urge my colleagues to support this amendment because it is a commonsense solution that accepts the scientific evidence that greenhouse gases are dangerous to human health, and it enacts a workable solution that will protect human health and that will ensure clean air while shielding the vast majority of sources from any regulatory requirements." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008. 21 May 2008. "The qualified energy conservation bonds give states and local governments the resources needed to invest in green programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Giving local authorities the power to choose what green energies to implement in their backyard is good public policy, because I know the energy needs of western Wisconsin are vastly different than those of Queens." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?" Envioronment other or expanded principles: "I am wary of a one-size-fits-all approach to the federal regulation of greenhouse gases. Given the difficult regional and national issues that this involves, I have long believed that it is more desirable for Congress to issue further guidance before the EPA singlehandedly begins to regulate these issues."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Protect Health of the Upper Mississippi River."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Protect Health of the Upper Mississippi River."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Ron Kind. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ron Kind voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind 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 Ron Kind in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ron Kind in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ron Kind in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ron Kind in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ron Kind voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

I am wary of a one-size-fits-all approach to the federal regulation of greenhouse gases. Given the difficult regional and national issues that this involves, I have long believed that it is more desirable for Congress to issue further guidance before the EPA singlehandedly begins to regulate these issues.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 55 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ronald Kind. Project Vote Smart. 2012 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Guns other or expanded principles "I support current law and do not believe that new restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns should be imposed. As someone who has enjoyed hunting and fishing in scenic western Wisconsin my whole life, I am opposed to any legislation that would prevent law-abiding citizens from owning a gun. As a former local prosecutor, however, I have dealt with the effects of gun violence first-hand, and as a father and a husband, I am convinced that firearms should not fall into the hands of convicted felons."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ron Kind. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ron Kind voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ron Kind in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ron Kind voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Ron Kind voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ron Kind voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ron Kind a grade of 55." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Rep. Kind Statement on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Individual Gun Rights. 26 June 2008. "I have long been a supporter of individual gun rights for law-abiding citizens. The goal has always been to balance our constitutional rights with public safety. I believe the Court's historic decision today shows that the DC handgun ban simply went too far. The decision strikes the right balance - it upholds an individual's undeniable right to own a gun for self-defense or hunting purposes, while providing for reasonable restrictions in the interest of protecting the public - such as prohibiting guns in school zones, or preventing felons or the mentally ill from owning a gun." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 18 November 2011. "I rise today in strong support of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, H.R. 822. Not only am I a proud cosponsor of this legislation but I am also a firm and committed supporter of Second Amendment rights. This legislation will ensure further protection of this vital right by allowing law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons across state lines." (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

I support current law and do not believe that new restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns should be imposed. As someone who has enjoyed hunting and fishing in scenic western Wisconsin my whole life, I am opposed to any legislation that would prevent law-abiding citizens from owning a gun. As a former local prosecutor, however, I have dealt with the effects of gun violence first-hand, and as a father and a husband, I am convinced that firearms should not fall into the hands of convicted felons.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

The individual responsibility requirement in health care reform is really an upfront fee paid by consumers who choose to pass their health care costs onto everyone with insurance. A study published during the health care reform debate showed that it costs a family over $1,000 in increased health care premiums to pay for the cost shift by providers to make up the lost revenue of those that go without coverage and can't pay their bills. Getting everyone into the system allows the ACA to include the critical patient protections that put consumers back in charge of their health care.

NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin 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."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin 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."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Ron Kind. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ron Kind voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ron Kind voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?" Immigration other or expanded principles: "I support comprehensive reform that not only bolsters enforcement of immigration laws but also provides a practical solution for the 12 million undocumented immigrants residing within our borders. I would support legislation that would provide otherwise law-abiding undocumented workers with permanent legal status through a new legalization program as part of comprehensive immigration reform."
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

I support comprehensive reform that not only bolsters enforcement of immigration laws but also provides a practical solution for the 12 million undocumented immigrants residing within our borders. I would support legislation that would provide otherwise law-abiding undocumented workers with permanent legal status through a new legalization program as part of comprehensive immigration reform.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 0 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ron Kind voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ron Kind voted Did Not Vote on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ron Kind voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "I am opposed to amending the Constitution for the purpose of outlawing gay marriage. In its 2I5-year history, the Constitution has been amended only 27 times, and we must not add amendments limiting rights rather than expanding them." (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Ronald Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?" National Security other or expanded principles: "I support the congressional authorization of military force against al Qaeda and its affiliates around the world."
  • Ronald Kind. Kind Sees Pakistan As Key To Regional Stability. 17 Novemeber 2009. "Kind, who traveled to Pakistan as part of a four-member congressional delegation, said his discussions with U.S. and Pakistani officials gave him a better understanding of the key role that Pakistan will play when it comes to stability in the region. And he argues that Obama's forthcoming new strategy in Afghanistan should encompass ways to work with Pakistani officials to root out terrorists in the area [¦] 'The true key to stability lies in the success of Pakistan,' Kind said in a phone call with reporters Monday after returning from his trip. 'It is in Pakistan where most of the Taliban and al-Qaida leadership reside' [¦] 'Pakistan sits in the middle of the breeding ground for extreme terrorism that affects us all. They have been hit by more terrorist attacks and are doing more to capture and kill terrorists than any other country.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Kind Statement on the Death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The world is a better place today without Osama Bin Laden [¦] Hopefully this sends a signal to the other perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks that there is no place too remote or no cave too dark to find them and bring them to justice." (votesmart.org)
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I support the congressional authorization of military force against al Qaeda and its affiliates around the world.

For over two decades, Iran has pursued nuclear weapons in direct violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which they are a signatory. It is very important that we successfully deter any Iranian attempts to acquire nuclear weapons, both for our allies' national security as well as our own. We should not take any response off the table. I believe that with a multifaceted approach, utilizing diplomacy as well as enacted sanctions, we can ensure that Iran does not gain nuclear weapons.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over Social Security, I am committed to finding responsible solutions to address the long-term financing challenges facing the program. I know we can find a way to ensure Social Security remains strong for today's seniors while making sure future generations can rely on it too. As part of my commitment to protect its solvency, I strongly oppose privatizing Social Security because it would rob money from the system that is needed to pay benefits for today's seniors.

Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Individual and corporate tax reform is necessary to broaden the tax base and lower rates to help make our businesses more competitive internationally.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Fostering an environment to help businesses in western Wisconsin create jobs is my number one priority. Though our economy has grown in the last two years, we all know more has to be done to get it back on track creating good paying jobs again.

As a member on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, I'm committed to making the tough decisions to actually cut wasteful and unnecessary spending. I support a balanced plan to address our budget deficits by cutting spending and asking powerful special interests to contribute their fair share by eliminating tax loopholes.