Representative Ronald 'Ron' James Kind's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (WI) - District 3, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Kind. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ron Kind voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ronald Kind. Don Schmidt: Ron Kind doesn't share our values. 20 September 2010. "On the issue of abortion, his voting record earns high marks from pro-abortion groups and very low marks from pro-life organizations. Kind says he is against abortion but thinks the government has no role in the matter." (lacrossetribune.com)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ron Kind voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Ron Kind voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ron Kind voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ron Kind voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Ron Kind voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Ron Kind voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Ron Kind voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ron Kind voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ron Kind voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (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 Ron Kind a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ron Kind voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Ron Kind voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ron Kind voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ron Kind voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Ron Kind voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007. 23 March 2007. "The proposals included in this bill are truly a new direction, rather than just more of the same. By calling for a responsible, phased redeployment of our troops out of Iraq, this bill allows us to re-focus our military efforts in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Twitter: RepRonKind. 24 June 2011. "It's time to take the training wheels off in Afghanistan. We need to be looking for the exit ramps NOW." (twitter.com)
  • Peter Rebhahn. Juneau Country Star Times: Kind: Time to leave Afghanistan. 19 March 2012. "The United States needs to step up its timetable for removal of armed forces from Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind said Wednesday in Mauston. "It's time. We're spending $2 billion a week to try to rebuild Afghanistan when we have nation-building to do right here at home," Kind said.Kind called the increasing violence against U.S. and coalition forces and civilians by allied Afghan forces "untenable" and said he has asked President Barack Obama to reconsider his timetable for withdrawal, which now calls for Afghan forces to take full responsibility for security by the end of 2014. "I think we can do this while still retaining our own national security interests in the region," Kind said." (www.wiscnews.com)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Ronald Kind. We Must Refocus Our Efforts on Afghanistan and Pakistan. 6 February 2009. "Ultimately I believe the choice we face is between allowing Afghanistan to fail and become a safe haven for terrorists, or making a commitment to work hard with the good people we have there who want nothing more than to create a safe and secure future for their citizens. I believe it is in our interest, and the world's interest, to choose the latter." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Taking the Training Wheels Off in Afghanistan. 24 June 2011. "This week, President Obama laid out his strategy for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. With the death of Osama bin Laden - a major accomplishment for our Armed Forces and intelligence services - I believe this a step in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. No U.S. Retreat in Afghanistan. 12 September 2009. "Now is not the time to retreat, but to work with the Afghani and Pakistani people to ensure that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida no longer enjoy safe havens." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Ron Kind voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Issue Position: Iraq and Afghanistan. 20 September 2011. "As a nation, we have a responsibility to help Afghanistan develop its security forces so that it can protect itself and remain vigilant against organizations that support terrorism while at the same time develop the capability for stable self-governance. This is a difficult objective and it requires the commitment and dedication of the Afghan people and the Afghan government." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Expressing Sense of the House of Representatives on Fifth Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks Launched Against the United States on September 11, 2001. 13 September 2006. "The President should have, with the support of the American people and international community which we enjoyed at the time, made it our mission to never rest, never sleep until those responsible for 9/11 were brought to justice. Instead, he diverted precious resources and personnel from Afghanistan and redirected them into Iraq." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ronald Kind. Deficit Reduction “ Step 2: Defense Spending Reform. 17 February 2011. "I have and will continue to support putting an end to wasteful defense spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Ron Kind voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Ron Kind voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "The defense budget should also be fair game for scrutiny and transparency and cost savings. And what better place to start than where our own military leaders are instructing us to go: weapons programs they don't need, will save money, reduce the redundancy, and help deal with the budget deficits that we're facing." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010. 5 May 2010. "Our country must return to the days of fiscal responsibility, and to do this we must look at Defense spending. The Pentagon is famous for its overspending and its misuse of tax dollars. In a time when the country is in an economic crisis, we must move forward with reforms that would help eliminate wasteful spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "High Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Ron Kind. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Ron Kind voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ron Kind voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Ron Kind voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Ron Kind voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Ron Kind voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Ron Kind voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Ron Kind voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Ron Kind voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Ron Kind voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Kind Calls out Republicans: Be Serious about Deficit Reduction. 14 December 2011. "'I fully support training for our troops and providing our soldiers the equipment necessary to help them get the job done and get home safely,' said Rep. Kind. 'But we all know there are savings to be found in the defense budget. It is hypocritical that my Republican colleagues preach fiscal responsibility yet when they have a chance to hold the Pentagon accountable to find real savings, they kick the can down the road. This is totally and completely irresponsible to the American people and to our troops' [¦] Making up half of all of our federal discretionary spending, there are significant ways to cut the Defense Department budget and put savings toward deficit reduction. Current weapons programs, which are $300 billion over budget, and which the Pentagon doesn't even request, could be eliminated." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Twitter: RepRonKind. 7 March 2011. "One of the amendments I proposed was 2 cut an outdated DOD weapons system that even they didn't want, saving taxpayers $13billion." (twitter.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Kind. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ron Kind voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Kind Rejects Tax Increase on Middle Class and Military Families. 1 August 2012. "We should not be giving $1 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthiest two percent while at the same time asking our hardworking middle class families, including military families, to pay more." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Kind Votes to Extend Tax Cuts for Middle Class. 2 December 2010. "Rep. Ron Kind today voted to permanently extend tax cuts for middle-income families and small businesses to help spur economic growth and provide assistance during these tough economic times. The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 is a critical step in providing economic security and stability for millions of Americans. 'Our working families and our small businesses need these tax cuts,' said Rep. Kind. 'The last thing we need in this fragile economy is to raise taxes. But maintaining these tax breaks for wealthy Wall Street bankers without finding spending cuts in the federal budget to pay for them is not fiscally responsible “ it just digs us deeper into the hole.' For all families and small businesses making less than $250,000 a year, the bill permanently extends the 2001/2003 tax cuts, including current tax rates. This means that 97 percent of American families and 97 percent of small businesses will get a tax cut. A typical middle-class family, including 99 percent of western Wisconsin, will see savings of approximately $1,000 per year. The bill also permanently extends small business expensing, allowing businesses the ability to grow and create jobs." (kind.house.gov)
  • Ronald Kind. Kind Statement on Budget Busting Tax Bill. 21 December 2010. "There is no indication that these upper income tax cuts spur job growth. Under the Bush Administration, these cuts were enacted to spur job creation yet in the entire eight years of the previous administration we had zero net job growth and the slowest decade of economic growth since the 1930s. The policy of these tax cuts has clearly failed." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Ways and Means Democrats Decry GOP Vote to Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families. 17 February 2011. "Under the Republican proposal, middle-income families will be forced to pay thousands of dollars in increased taxes instead of using that money to pay for health insurance for their families. This is unacceptable and a choice no family should have to make." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ronald Kind. Rep. Kind Column: Economic Stimulus Must Be Immediate, Targeted, and Fiscally Responsible. 17 January 2008. "I will work hard to help craft an economic stimulus package that provides immediate relief to taxpayers, targets those who need assistance most, and accomplishes both in a fiscally responsible way. There are a number of proposals being discussed right now that I feel would provide some immediate benefit to your wallets, and to our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Rep. Kind Votes to Send Economic Stimulus Package to the President. 7 February 2008. "I am pleased and Democrats and Republicans came together to act quickly on this economic stimulus package. The Senate was able to make some good additions, and now we are able to put money back in the pockets of low-and middle income families, seniors, and disabled veterans." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ron Kind voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2008. 29 March 2007. "The Budget Resolution before us today makes the tough decisions to get us back to surpluses, while offering an economic stimulus plan now which is fair, quick, and responsible. It supports our troops, but it also supports our Nation's veterans, our seniors, and our children's education programs. I urge my colleagues to vote yes on this common sense fiscally responsible Budget Resolution." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 28 January 2009. "This is not a time for Congress to be timid; we need bold action on several fronts to get people back to work and get the economy back on track. This plan is a nationwide effort to create jobs by investing in clean energy, health care, education and infrastructure, while cutting taxes for American families and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ron Kind voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • 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 Ron Kind a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Letter to Chairman Camp. 9 September 2011. "During the last Congress, the President and the then-Democratic Majority took needed steps to stabilize the economy. According to Congressional Budget Office, the Recovery Act resulted in up to 4 million additional full-time jobs in the economy during the second quarter of 2011. Since the recovery began, the private sector has created more than 2 million private sector jobs. But we still have a long way to go before we make up the nearly nine million jobs destroyed by the financial crisis and recession, and we simply must do more to accelerate economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Rep. Kind Statement in Reaction to President Bush's Last State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "No stimulus package can fix seven years of misguided economic policies, but Congressional Democrats are prepared to work in a bipartisan way to get this economy moving again - starting with the stimulus package we will pass tomorrow, and continuing throughout the coming year." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Ronald Kind. Kind Votes to Create Jobs, Free up Credit Markets. 23 September 2010. "My primary focus has always been to provide the resources to help small business grow and create jobs in this tough economy. [The Small Business Jobs Act] will not only drive job creation and innovation, but also give small businesses the capital they need to put western Wisconsin back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Ronald Kind. Tax Benefits for Small Businesses “ Small Business Tax Cuts to Spur our Economy. 20 September 2011. "In the 111th Congress, I worked hard to pass influential legislation that provides significant tax cuts to support our small businesses- the economic engine for job growth." (kind.house.gov)
  • Ronald Kind. Twitter: RepRonKind. 24 September 2010. "Yesterday I voted to expand lending and offer tax incentives for the backbone of our economy in western Wisconsin." (twitter.com)
  • Ron Kind. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Ron Kind voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Ron Kind voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 28 January 2009. "I am proud of the work that we did in assembling our part of the larger stimulus bill. Our plan provides tax relief to working families, assistance with healthcare costs, and extended and enhanced unemployment. The plan also gives small and large businesses tax incentives to hire people and purchase new capital." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Kind. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Ron Kind voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Space Station -- Eliminate"
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Ronald Kind. Thank You Teachers. 8 May 2012. "Ensuring that all children, regardless of cultural or socioeconomic background, have access to the quality education they need to succeed in the 21st century remains one of my highest priorities. In light of the current budget constraints on local governments and soaring federal budget deficits, I am working hard to maintain the federal government's commitment to America's schools and to all of our children. And that begins with our educators. We must continue to work to make sure that our teachers remain a priority. Good teachers should get good pay, work in safe schools, and have access to all of the resources you need to help kids get the education they need to succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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. 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: 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: 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ronald Kind. 45 Years Later Medicare Still Worth Fighting For. 1 July 2011. "Just as Medicare has been kept secure for the last 45 years, it can be kept secure for years to come. The Affordable Care Act works to improve our health care delivery system so that all health care, including guaranteed Medicare benefits, is more integrated, coordinated, and patient-focused." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Issue Position: Health Care. 20 September 2011. "Comprehensive health care reform could not wait and I was glad to help shape and support the Affordable Care Act of 2010 [¦] Now, as the law continues to be implemented, I will fight efforts to repeal the law. We cannot afford to put insurance companies back in charge of health care decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. One Year Later, Wisconsin Benefits from Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "Health care reform provides important consumer protections, tax credits for small businesses, stronger Medicare benefits all while responsibly reducing the deficit. Health care reform is good for Wisconsin." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "I contacted Beth to find out what her family's situation was in this particular case. She told me that because little Henry had a stroke before he was born, literally by the time he took his first breath in life, he was uninsurable because he had a preexisting condition [¦] We can do better than that. That is what the Affordable Care Act is all about, to address these injustices. I encourage my colleagues to vote 'no' on repeal." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ron Kind voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. What Does Health Care Repeal Mean for Western Wisconsin? 19 January 2011. "At a time when we should be focusing on creating jobs and growing the economy, this repeal effort is a waste of time and irresponsibly increases the deficit by $230 billion. With the possibility of increased out-of-pocket costs, higher prescription drug prices, and lost coverage, western Wisconsin can't afford repeal either." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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."

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ronald Kind. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2006. 16 March 2005. "What the President is proposing to do is to borrow $5 trillion [¦] to set up private accounts over the first 20 years alone in order to fix a $3.7 trillion problem [¦] Once we can get past the whole idea of privatizing the Social Security system, we can try to get together as Americans and work on a bipartisan solution that will be fiscally responsible and that will keep the promise to future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Cong. Kind Reacts to State of the Union Address. 2 February 2005. "Now, the President proposes to privatize Social Security by borrowing more than $2 trillion, endangering the benefits of current retirees and leaving a legacy of debt to our children and grandchildren. I am strongly opposed to any privatization plan that cuts current benefits or increases the federal deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Ronald Kind. Issue Position: Seniors. 20 September 2011. "There are those in Congress today that are again threatening to privatize Social Security. We cannot allow that to happen. I have fought to keep Social Security strong for today's seniors and generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Ron Kind. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ron Kind supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Wisconsin Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

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: 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: 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: 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. 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: 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: 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.