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Jamie Raskin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 8, Democratic
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Jamie Raskin has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • " Marylanders were the first to uphold marriage equality at the polls when right-wing Republicans went after it and we are in the front lines defending reproductive freedom against anti-choice and anti-birth control zealots across the country." https://www.facebook.com/raskin.jamie (www.facebook.com)
  • "He is 100% pro-choice and has been an indispensable ally of Maryland NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU […]" https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
  • Rated 0% by Maryland Right to Life http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/65904/jamie-raskin/2 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B.1302 "Increases Tax Rates for Certain Individuals" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/40219 (votesmart.org)
  • "He’ll work to remove the cap on Social Security taxes because teachers, small businesspeople and janitors shouldn’t pay a higher tax rate than CEOs." https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B.517 "Authorizes Marijuana Paraphernalia" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55127 (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] passing sweeping criminal justice reforms like decriminalizing marijuana and the Second Chance Act." https://www.facebook.com/raskin.jamie (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need massive public investment in our eroding infrastructure […] to repair our failing roads, bridges, tunnel and schools, and we should do it in a way that jump-starts and catalyzes the renewable energy technologies we need to protect ourselves from climate change." https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] fighting to reduce excessive standardized tests […]." https://www.facebook.com/raskin.jamie (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.B.226 "Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42972 (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] what we need is massive infrastructural investment that is done in an environmentally positive way." https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
  • "In Congress, Jamie will work to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow and halt climate change while investing in alternative clean energy technologies like solar and wind power that will permit us to break our dangerous carbon addiction." https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored S.B.323 "Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/21422/56211/65904/amends-greenhouse-gas-reduction-target (votesmart.org)
  • "In the State Senate, Jamie has worked hard to pass tough legislation to increase the renewable energy standards in our state energy portfolio, most recently cosponsoring and pressing for passage of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act to set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 [...]" https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
  • "In Congress, Jamie will work to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow, halt, and reverse climate change while investing in alternative clean energy technologies like solar and wind power that will permit us to break our dangerous carbon addiction." https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of S.B.281 "Amends Firearms Regulations" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43402 (votesmart.org)
  • " The bill that I am introducing along with Delegate William C. Smith, Jr. would compel convicted felons and domestic offenders to surrender their firearms after conviction." https://www.facebook.com/raskin.jamie (www.facebook.com)
  • "I am a passionate critic of our uncivilized gun laws and the obscene gun violence engulfing America. […] We need to bring the essential features of the common-sense Maryland law into being at the federal level." https://jamieraskin.com/reducing-gun-violence-and-challenging-nra (jamieraskin.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.B.443 "Establishes State Health Insurance Exchanges" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/39433 (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] the Affordable Care Act, with its ban on denying coverage to people with a preexisting condition and its policy of continuing to cover young people in their 20s, is a big improvement over the old system and should be defended against continuing right-wing attacks." https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A strong supporter of the Maryland DREAM Act, Jamie believes that comprehensive immigration reform must be a top priority to break the deadlock in Congress and the country." https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
  • Sponsored and voted in favor of S.B.715 "Amends Driver's License Requirements for Undocumented Individuals" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43331 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.B.438 "Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38400 (votesmart.org)
  • " Marylanders were the first to uphold marriage equality at the polls when right-wing Republicans went after it and we are in the front lines defending reproductive freedom against anti-choice and anti-birth control zealots across the country." https://www.facebook.com/raskin.jamie (www.facebook.com)
  • "As a member of Congress, Jamie will work for equal rights for LGBT Americans in every domain of social and economic life, and he will be a fierce opponent of any right-wing attempts to block progress on LGBT rights." https://jamieraskin.com/issues (jamieraskin.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Although the bitter folly of the Iraq War created the chaos and vacuum of power in which ISIS was born, we have no alternative right now to a policy of crushing and destroying ISIS. We must move aggressively to shrink the territory ISIS holds, strip it of control of the oilfields and disable the oil infrastructure, bomb the transportation modules, and above all use every domestic and international banking institutional resource we have to cut off the regional and global flow of money to ISIS. If we mobilize the military and financial resources of the U.S. and our allies, we should be able quickly to degrade the terror infrastructure that this group thrives on." http://data.baltimoresun.com/voter-guide-2016/congress/congress.html?id=District8&race=congress (data.baltimoresun.com)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Jamie believes that we should preserve and strengthen Social Security without endangering the benefits seniors have earned after a lifetime of work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1040622/issue-position-protecting-medicare-and-social-security-for-those-whove-earned-it (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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