Representative Donna F. Edwards's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Donna F. Edwards
Current Office: U.S. House - District 4, Democratic
First Elected: 06/17/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 4
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Divorced; 1 Child: Jared
Birth Date: 06/28/1958
Birth Place: Yancyville, NC
Home City: Fort Washington, MD
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Donna Edwards voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Donna Edwards voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Donna Edwards in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Donna Edwards voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Donna Edwards in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Donna Edwards a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "As you consider Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations legislation, we urge you to protect the District of Columbia's right to self-government as well as the health and reproductive rights of low-income women in the District of Columbia. We respectfully request that you ensure that language that undermines self-government is not included in subsequent legislation as it was in the House Appropriations committee-approved bill. Specifically, we urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government [¦] By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Congresswoman Edwards Opposes Republicans' Latest Attempt to Restrict Women's Access to Reproductive Health Care. 13 October 2011. "It is an unconscionable insult to women to see the Republican majority continue to pursue their ideological agenda with this dangerous, extreme, and divisive piece of legislation [¦] the bill brought forth today is the latest Republican attack on a woman's right to access comprehensive and affordable reproductive health care. This irresponsible legislation takes unprecedented steps to restrict how women use their own money to purchase a comprehensive health plan that includes abortion coverage, undermines a woman's right to emergency treatment for life-threatening conditions, and limits access to health exchanges that offer reproductive services. President Obama already threatened to veto this legislation and I share that view. This assault on women's rights must stop, and I ask my Republican colleagues to set aside their ideological agenda and make America's future their top priority." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Donna Edwards in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Edwards. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Donna Edwards voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the Peace Action 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of Peace Action West 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Edwards. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Donna Edwards voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Donna Edwards voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more. [...] The June 2010 report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force detailed proposals to reduce our nuclear stockpile substantially, realizing savings of over $100 billion without compromising our national security.[1] The report proposed over $960 billion in defense department savings over the next decade. [...] Bringing our defense spending in line with our legitimate security needs must be considered along with other measures to regain our economic footing." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Donna Edwards voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Press Release. 1 August 2012. "Republicans are holding hostage tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans so the wealthiest 2 percent can continue to receive an average tax cut of $160,000. At a cost to the deficit of $50 billion next year, $930 billion over 10 years, Republican insistence on extending tax cuts for the wealthiest at the expense of middle class families is inexcusable. Let's be clear: Republicans today stated definitively that it is more important to increase taxes on 114 million middle class families, including 2.2 million in Maryland, instead of asking the wealthy to pay their fair share." (donnaedwards.house.gov)
  • Donna Edwards. Congresswoman Edwards Votes Against Tax Relief Compromise Due To Costly Tax Breaks for the Wealthy and a Failure to Focus on Job Creation. 18 December 2010. "The Tax Relief Act benefits primarily the wealthiest two percent of Americans at the expense of adding billions of dollars of debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren. It is indefensible that working families struggling to make ends meet, and those depending on unemployment benefits, are being held hostage to ensure tax cuts for the two-percenters and an estate tax break that benefits only 6,600 families [¦] We must fight to make sure that hard-working families are winning and not the one-percenters. We cannot surrender the hopes, dreams, retirements, and paychecks of hard-working families across our country. Going forward we must do better. I will continue to work with my Democratic colleagues to refocus our efforts on what defines who we are and what we stand for as Democrats by protecting the middle class, creating jobs for working families, ensuring the solvency of Social Security, and making critical investments in our nation's infrastructure." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Edwards. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Donna Edwards voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (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 Donna Edwards a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Progressive Democrats of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Donna Edwards in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Donna Edwards voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Edwards. Jobs and the Economy. 26 July 2010. "So, Madam Speaker, I would say to you it is time that we deliver a paycheck for the American people, millions of jobs and a paycheck for the American people, that we stop standing in the way of job creation. Madam Speaker, here's what we've done. It's really payday for the American workers. Small Business Jobs and Credit Act for small businesses and tax incentives. Home Star Jobs, incentives for energy-efficient homes and cutting energy bills and delivering jobs. America COMPETES. That's about what we do in the 21st century. It's about whether we're going to be competitive globally by creating jobs in this new economy. Jobs for Main Street, so we can boost small business, build highways, and hire and retain teachers, police, and firefighters." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Pass the American Jobs Act. 4 October 2011. "Mr. Speaker, the other side has been in the majority for 39 weeks and they still haven't passed a single piece of legislation to create jobs or help small businesses. And now they reject out-of-hand, commonsense ideas in the American Jobs Act that would help small business owners who really are the economic engine responsible for creating 70 percent of the jobs in this country. Last week, I visited with small business owners like Susan Bishop, the owner of Jaha Hair Studio. She has been in business 16 years, has eight employees, and she has found it impossible to get a $30,000 credit extension to meet payroll from a bank that she has done business with for 16 years. She wants to expand her business, to hire others, to train others, and she can't do it, but she could with the American Jobs Act. Constituents Abeba and Lene Tsegaye, owners of Kefa Cafe, told me that they would actually hire someone if they could get the tax credits available in the American Jobs Act. So why aren't we doing it, doing it for the owners of Kefa Cafe and other small businesses throughout my congressional district? These are real job creators. It's time for this to be our top priority." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Edwards. Issue Position: Education. "Education is the fundamental element in ensuring long-term success for our children and a prosperous future for the state of Maryland and our country in the 21st century. It is essential that the education of our children is one of our nation's top priorities by providing the necessary investment from Pre-K to high school, through to our colleges and vocational schools. I have worked to secure funding for early childhood education (including Head Start and Early Head Start), make higher education more affordable, and incorporate green job training into our Job Corps Centers. However, reforming education does not end with funding. I am committed to working hard this Congress to ensure that the No Child Left Behind Act lives up to its name. Making sure that the reauthorized legislation enables local schools to decide how to best measure student progress rather than relying on standardized tests, retains and increases the number of skilled teachers, and supports under-resourced schools, is critical [¦] I will continue to work with local school administrators to provide federal support and craft policy initiatives to ensure that, together, we are meeting the needs of all Fourth District students to prepare them for a 21st Century global economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Congresswoman Edwards Applauds Investments In Education With Race To The Top Competition. 17 November 2009. "The Race to the Top Fund is the latest effort by the federal government to take a critical step forward to invest and support the educational infrastructure of this country. I applaud efforts by the Department of Education to encourage discussion of real reform, leading to changes throughout the nation's educational system that will help children receive the highest quality education, while also closing achievement gaps that threaten the futures of many children in the Fourth Congressional District and across the nation. The Race to the Top Fund is a tremendous opportunity that I hope Maryland will take advantage of to improve schools throughout the state. A quality education is critical for a child to be competitive in a 21st Century global economy, and will determine the future competitiveness and long-term economic success of this nation." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Edwards. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Donna Edwards voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Donna Edwards voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Donna Edwards voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Donna Edwards in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Donna Edwards in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Donna Edwards in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Donna Edwards voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards 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 Donna Edwards in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Donna Edwards voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Donna Edwards in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Donna Edwards voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Donna Edwards a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Video: Gun Control Debate with Geraldo. 24 January 2011. Responded: "I think it's actually important for us to engage in the discussion, in the debate, and so I'm looking forward to the introduction of Carolyn McCarthy's bill on these high capacity magazines. That was part of the law in 2004, and I think it's appropriate for us to revisit that. And just because somebody can do something doesn't mean that we ought not do what is appropriate to protect the public safety. For me, its actually not about whether he can do it, it's about what we can do to protect the public safety, and I think that we could have done that and we can do that in these instances. Whether that would have prevented the tragedy in Tucson is another question." to the question "You don't have any reasonable expectation that Congress will reform gun laws given the current climate, do you?" (www.youtube.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Edwards. Congresswoman Edwards Attends White House Bill Signing Ceremony For Health Care Reform. 23 March 2010. "I was honored to witness personally President Obama signing this landmark health care reform bill into law, which is a historic victory for the American people. I am thankful that a provision I championed to address price gouging was included in the final legislation that will hold insurance companies accountable for excessive premium increases, helping ensure affordability for working families. Passing health care reform was a long, arduous process. After six decades of failed attempts at reform, we now usher in a new era of accessible, affordable, quality health care coverage for the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Donna Edwards voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Issue Position: Health Care. 7 November 2011. "I was an original cosponsor of the legislation and because of my leadership throughout the process, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) honored me with being one of only a few members to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore on the day of the final vote. The comprehensive health care reform law passed by Congress will usher in a new era of quality, accessible, and affordable health care for millions of Americans. In Maryland's 4th Congressional District, the law will help reduce health disparities, establish up to 8 new community health centers, and provide affordable preventative services. I added a provision to the Affordable Care Act that would make sure safety-nets are in place to prevent price gouging that will hold insurance companies accountable. This will help ensure health care affordability for working families in the 4th Congressional District of Maryland and across the country." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Donna Edwards voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Donna Edwards voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the American Family Association 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. The Baltimore Sun: Edwards Supports Same-Sex Marriage. 17 January 2012. "At an labor dominated Annapolis rally last night where topics ranged from Gov. Martin O'Malley's wind legislation to union pay, U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards offered strong support for same-sex marriage" [¦] 'I was married for a little while. I chose to be married.' Edwards said. 'Then I chose not to be. But in the state of Maryland I could. But that should be the case for all Marylanders.'" (articles.baltimoresun.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Edwards. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 10 March 2010. "Our military risk their lives and our Nation spends resources in a country that has so little hope of future success, that international terrorism actually flourishes in so many countries. Estimates are that this kind of terrorism actually flourishes in about 70 countries. And yet we are so heavily invested in Afghanistan that it leaves us little time, opportunity, or resources to really fight the battle where that needs to happen. By focusing our military and our energy and our treasury on Afghanistan, we are really operating under the inaccurate Bush era philosophy that the threat we face is both well-organized, centralized, and advanced. We know that violent fundamentalism often operates with little centralization and little organization. It is part of the reason that it can be so successful. This war is a constant reminder that our response to the quickly evolving threat of international terrorism is static, and we must end this war and look for ways to more effectively disrupt violent plots to protect our citizens, our national security, our safety and security, and to build nations in a way that they respect processes and people." (votesmart.org)
  • Donna Edwards. Letter to the Honorable Pete King, U.S. Representative, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman. 10 March 2011. "We are writing regarding the Homeland Security Committee's upcoming hearings, which you have stated will focus exclusively on radicalization among Muslim Americans and homegrown terrorism. We agree that Congress and all levels of government have a duty to protect America from terrorism, whether from abroad or homegrown. We are, however, deeply concerned that the stated narrow scope and underlying premises of these hearings unfairly stigmatizes and alienates Muslim Americans. We ask that you reconsider the scope of these hearings and instead examine all forms of violence motivated by extremist beliefs, rather than unfairly focusing on just one religious group." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Edwards signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Donna Edwards supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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