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John P. Sarbanes

John Sarbanes' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: John P. Sarbanes
Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Dina; 3 Children: Stephanie, Nico, Leo
Birth Date: 05/22/1962
Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
Home City: Towson, MD
Religion: Greek Orthodox
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John Sarbanes refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • John Sarbanes. Issue Position: Pro-Choice. 28 October 2011. "Today, a woman's right to choose is under assault in the Republican-led Congress. George Bush is simply wrong when he says Roe v. Wade 'was a reach' and 'overstepped constitutional bounds.' Consistent with Roe v. Wade, our society must stand firm in its support of a woman's right to choose. A woman's decision about whether to carry her pregnancy to term is a private one - to be made, ideally, after consultation with her doctor and with the benefit of counseling that is provided in a non-coercive setting. Only by keeping abortion legal can we ensure that it is safe." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Sarbanes in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. Twitter: JohnSarbanes. 4 September 2012. "At DNC Women's Caucus. Fired up to stop GOP rollback of women's rights. That fight is here and now!" (twitter.com)
  • John Sarbanes. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (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 John Sarbanes a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Sarbanes. Media. 1 July 2010. "'I am highly skeptical that an extra year or 30,000 additional troops will bring stability and effective governance in a country that for 30 years has seen nothing but conflict. [¦] I believe we should stick to the plan of bringing our troops home [¦] I am determined to fight terrorism. I wish I were confident that our current effort in Afghanistan was having a net effect of advancing that goal, but I am not.'" (sarbanes.house.gov)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Sarbanes. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. Republican Vote Down Sarbanes Amendment on Defense Contractor Oversight. 25 May 2011. "Despite requirements set out by the Congress, the Defense Department has failed to establish sound accounting practices for the services they are contracting out. It's common sense that you should know how much money is being spent on what services and it is outrageous that anyone would resist this basic standard in our current budgetary climate." (sarbanes.house.gov)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. John Sarbanes voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. John Sarbanes voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. John Sarbanes voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (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

  • John Sarbanes. Baltimoresun.com - Candidate questionnaire. 24 August 2006. "There does not have to be a budget deficit if our leaders would have the courage to repeal the Bush Administration's irresponsible tax cuts. The current taxation policy is fundamentally unfair and leading us down a road to financial disaster. And our children will be paying for George Bush's tax cuts for years and years as they attempt to eliminate the shameful deficits run up by this administration. In the face of a budget crisis, we must respond with original proposals that are progressive, fair, and working family-friendly. This will spur enhanced economic activity that will grow our resource base, help reduce the deficit, and contribute to our fiscal stability." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. SARBANES STANDARD: THE DEBT CRISIS DEAL. 1 August 2011. "At the beginning of this debate I said I would be prepared to make a tough decision, and that I could support a package if it was a balanced approach to deficit reduction that cuts spending, does not impede economic growth, and maintains important investments in our future. I do not believe this deal meets those criteria, nor does it represent shared sacrifice by asking the wealthiest among us “ those who have done very well even in this economy “ to step up and contribute their fair share." (sarbanes.house.gov)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. Issue Position: Protecting Maryland's Families. 3 November 2011. "We are a prosperous nation, yet too many working families lack the capital and contacts they need to secure the livelihood that they deserve. The Bush Administration's cynical tax cuts have divided the nation into the lucky and the left-out. It is time for a return to "we-first" policy and escape the grip of Bush's "me-first" politics. We Democrats believe that investing in our workforce is investment in families, in innovation, and in the ideas economy." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. Press Release - No More Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy. 11 May 2006. "I challenge the President to reject Congresses' tax proposal as fiscally irresponsible and a shameful give-away to the most well off in our nation. The majority of these tax cuts will benefit only the wealthiest of Americans, at the expense of the rest of the country, and of future generations [¦] Due to increased energy prices and unjust tax burdens, hard working Americans are in dire straits and it is fundamentally unfair that Republicans have asked them to subsidize tax cuts for wealthy corporations. Students are paying for these tax breaks through increased tuitions and decreased financial aid. The neediest Americans are paying for these tax cuts through bigger Medicaid co-payments and restrictions on Medicaid eligibility. And our children will be paying for decades to come as they attempt to pay down the shameful deficits run up by this Administration." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Sarbanes. Sarbanes Supports Bill to Give Small Business Owners Access To Capital. 23 October 2010. "Small business owners are the entrepreneurial backbone of our economy. This bill will help ensure that small business owners have access to capital so they can grow their business and create jobs. No recovery is sufficient as long as a large number of Americans are unemployed and I will keep fighting to get our economy working for regular Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 31 October 2011. "I want to share some encouraging statistics that point to economic recovery. We've had positive job growth every month of this year, creating more than 500,000 jobs. [...] Much of this progress results from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which invested in direct job creation and provided critical tax relief for millions of American families and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Sarbanes. Issue Position: Education. 31 October 2011. "I am excited about the possibility of representing the 3rd Congressional District in Washington and bringing to Congress my experience in many key areas of education, such as student promotion, mentoring, leadership development, class-size reduction, and instructional best practices. If elected, I will push to increase federal resources for the following K-12 initiatives: Job-embedded, site-based professional development for all teachers, as well as full-time mentoring support for first-year and second-year teachers. Succession planning for principals and key central office administrators to ensure that the energy and progress of a school or school system is maintained, even during a changeover to new leadership. Early childhood education, including pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten, so that our kids can begin their school careers on the cutting edge. Outreach to private industry and other non-traditional sources of teaching candidates in order to address teacher shortages in the areas of math, science, technology, and special education [¦] I will urge the overhaul of No Child Left Behind to ensure that the federal government offers real support to America's schools. The next Congress will take up the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), signed into law by President Bush. NCLB made bold promises to the American public, establishing important new performance expectations for our children. Regrettably, President Bush has failed to provide sufficient resources to allow them to meet these expectations, and the promises of the NCLB Act remain largely unrealized." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. John Sarbanes voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. John Sarbanes voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Sarbanes. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Sarbanes voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Sarbanes in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Sarbanes in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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 John Sarbanes in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Sarbanes a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed John Sarbanes in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Sarbanes. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Sarbanes voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. Issue Position: Health Care. 3 November 2011. "Congressman Sarbanes is a strong supporter of reforming our health care system, and he has introduced and supported several bills that will expand affordable health coverage and improve the quality of care for Americans. He supports the health care reform law because he believes it is a crucial step in our effort to reduce the cost of health care for families and small businesses, as well as provide access for those who currently do not have insurance. The law is bringing tremendous relief to millions of small business owners and employees across the country by making it possible for them to access health care coverage at affordable group rates and benefit from targeted tax credits. The health insurance reform legislation marked a new direction for the country -- away from the influence of powerful special interests and towards common sense solutions for America's families. Congressman Sarbanes will continue to fight against any legislation to repeal the health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) passed the House of Representatives and was signed into law in March of 2010. HR 3590 is estimated to cut the deficit by $143 billion in the first 10 years and by $1.2 trillion in the subsequent decade. Congressman Sarbanes believes that, on its merits, it is a good law that addresses the accumulated frustrations of millions of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. Press Release. 19 January 2011. "I strongly believe that the health care law will expand health coverage and improve the quality of care for Americans. I will fight against any legislation to repeal the health care law and revert back to the status quo." (sarbanes.house.gov)
  • John Sarbanes. Press Release. 6 September 2012. "In June, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and allowed us to continue the progress we've made in strengthening our country's health care system and providing affordable insurance coverage options to millions of Americans." (sarbanes.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Sarbanes. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Sarbanes voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Sarbanes. Rep. Sarbanes Talks Politics and Policy. 24 September 2012. "'I'm on record as being a very strong supporter of marriage equality [¦] Obviously I recognize that we are talking about civil marriage here. You can't impose that view or standard onto any particular religious faith.'" (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Sarbanes voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Sarbanes voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Sarbanes. Issue Position: Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness. 31 October 2011. "The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, killed 2,973 people. This was the deadliest hostile attack on U.S. soil in history. Approximately four years later, Hurricane Katrina killed 1,300 people in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama [¦] While President George W. Bush has repeatedly told us that his number one priority is keeping the American people safe, the congressional committee that investigated the response to Hurricane Katrina found that 'four and a half years after 9/11, America is still not ready for prime time.' The reason for this lack of preparedness is straightforward: the Bush Administration has made offensive military operations, 'fighting the terrorists over there instead of over here', the focus of the war on terror instead of putting an equal emphasis on investments at home to protect the American people [¦] Moreover, even if offensive military operations alone were sufficient to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States, and they are not, such operations do nothing to protect the American people from natural disasters, such as hurricanes or flu pandemics. Therefore, in order to protect the American people from both man-made and natural disasters, we must make investments in America's infrastructure and pursue policies at home that will keep the American people safe." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. Press Release - John Sarbanes calls for phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. 20 December 2005. "I am convinced that, ultimately, the strategic redeployment of American troops from Iraq will enhance our efforts and the efforts of our allies to combat terrorism around the world. Most importantly, it will allow us to begin the process of healing the deep divisions that this war has created within our own country as well as the damage it has inflicted on our reputation around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes. Wexler and 246 Members of Congress Urge EU Not to Provide Aid to New Palestinian Government. 21 March 2007. "We are writing to express our appreciation for the efforts of the European Union (EU) to strengthen transatlantic relations, combat global terrorism and to promote stability and peace in the Middle East. We strongly believe that given our mutual security interests cooperation between the United States and EU in these matters is crucial. In the past two years, US-EU cooperation has yielded positive results in a number of areas, including joint counterterrorism operations, Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon, and growing opposition to Iranian nuclear development at the United Nations (UN). As we continue to work together to help create a stable, peaceful and prosperous Middle East, it is more important than ever that the Quartet remain unified, particularly as it relates to the soon-to-be formed Palestinian unity government and the continued intransigence of the terrorist organization Hamas." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Sarbanes supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sarbanes 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)

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