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Theodore 'Ted' Elliot Deutch

Ted Deutch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Theodore 'Ted' Elliot Deutch
Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 21, Democratic
First Elected: 04/13/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 21
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jill; 3 Children: Gabrielle, Serena, Cole
Birth Date: 05/07/1966
Birth Place: Bethlehem, PA
Home City: Boca Raton, FL
Religion: Jewish
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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 2014, 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

  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Civil Rights and Consumer Protection. 22 November 2011. "Throughout the 112th Congress, I have fought back against efforts by my Republican colleagues to weaken women's access to safe and legal abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Theodore Deutch in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Theodore Deutch voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Theodore Deutch voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Theodore Deutch in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Despite Americans' overwhelming support for the American Jobs Act, today we have before us H.R. 358, a cruel attack on women's health. We could help jobless workers feed their families today. Instead, this bill grants hospitals the right to deny abortions even in life-and-death cases. We could cut taxes for small businesses today. Instead, this bill forbids Americans from using their own dollars to buy private health insurance that includes abortion coverage. We could put teachers back to work today. Instead, this bill denies abortion even for the thousands of women each year who develop breast cancer while pregnant and need an abortion to start chemotherapy to save their lives and retain the hope of childbirth." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Job Crisis in Our Hands. 10 February 2011. "Let's not deny women access to birth control and wellness care provided by Planned Parenthood, or the Presidential Women's Center in my district, or the many other providers instrumental in reducing unwanted pregnancies in America. Let's not levy special taxes on women who have never had an abortion, but pay for a private health plan that covers these procedures. Let's not subject any citizen to government intrusion in the doctor's office because of their gender." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose. 22 November 2011. "I believe that a woman's right to choose must be kept free from governmental intrusion. For years this basic freedom has been under consistent attack by anti-choice extremists. The U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade recognized the rights of a woman to make medical decisions about her own body and has established the basis for subsequent protections of this right." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Strong and Smart National Security and Foreign Policy. 22 November 2011. "Our efforts in Afghanistan must fundamentally be based on rooting out and destroying the al Qaeda terrorist network that attacked our nation on September 11th, 2001. We must also continue to train Afghan national troops to build a strong central government to act as a bulwark against the resurgent Taliban and al Qaeda. Failure to destroy terrorist enclaves in Afghanistan is not an option, and President Obama must insist that our NATO allies do more to support these vital efforts." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Theodore Deutch voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 22 November 2011. "It is time to refocus our efforts in Afghanistan and the deserts of Pakistan, where the terrorist network al Qaeda continues to plot against the United States. President Obama's renewed focus on Al Qaeda is making progress, with our military forces eliminating several high profile leaders within the terrorist organization. However, in addition to direct military action, the United States must work to strengthen Afghan security forces, promote human rights and women's rights in the country, and maintain a close security relationship with Pakistan as we pursue Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in the region." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Theodore Deutch. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Theodore Deutch voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Theodore Deutch voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Democratic Budget Fact Sheet. 20 April 2011. "We recognize and support the importance of security programs “ defense, international, and homeland security “ to our nation's well-being. But all areas of the budget must be examined to put our budget back on a sound fiscal path and control our growing debt. [¦] The Democratic budget assumes proposals to streamline security programs, generating savings while maintaining a strong military, homeland security, and international presence." (teddeutch.house.gov)
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

  • Ted Deutch. After 7 Weeks of Republican Obstructionism, Congressman Deutch Votes to Extend Unemployed Insurance for Jobless Americans. 22 July 2010. "Today, a nightmare ends for 2.5 million Americans who earned unemployment benefits while working and then lost their jobs through no fault of their own," said Congressman Deutch. "Never before has Congress turned its back on millions of unemployed Americans during such an economically trying time. It is outrageous that Republicans, who want to increase our deficit by extending Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, were willing to leave jobless Americans without assistance as they look for work and at the same time struggle to keep their families afloat." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Deutch: Tax Bill Last Shot at Helping People in Need. 17 December 2010. "Since coming to Congress, I have been appalled by the bitter partisanship consuming Washington at a time when people are hurting and need us to work together to overcome our challenges. The painful reality is that, while I voted to allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire months ago, not enough of my colleagues in the Senate agreed. Ultimately, I could not vote against a bill that will extend unemployment insurance to 100,000 jobless Floridians and 7 million Americans. Nor could I stand in the way of providing middle class families under enormous financial strain with the tax relief needed to boost consumer demand, fuel private sector investments, and create 600,000 new jobs." (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. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Job Creation. 14 July 2011. "Our deficit exploded when 8 million Americans lost their jobs in 2008. With 14 million jobless today, no debt deal of any size will work without a focus on jobs. Investing now in infrastructure, in energy, in education will not only create jobs; it will pay back dividends in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Theodore Deutch 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 Theodore Deutch a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issues. 25 September 2012. "Congress must take bold action to bring about a real economic recovery that delivers jobs to our community and guarantees stability in the financial markets. Although our debt and deficit must be reduced in a balanced and responsible manner, we must also stimulate our economy by investing in green energy, new technologies and an infrastructure bank that will reinvest in our communities and give a needed boost the economy. Education and employment training assistance is vital in order to help re-train workers and help transform Florida into a leader in the green energy economy." (www.tedforcongress.com)
  • Ted Deutch. Issues. 25 September 2012. "Construction, housing, and infrastructure are key drivers of economic growth in Florida, and unfortunately, these sectors still struggle to recover from the financial crisis of 2008. My meetings with local small businesses and manufacturers have made clear to me that a full economic recovery will require partnerships between the public and private sectors. That is why I so vocally opposed Governor Rick Scott's decision to reject $2.4 billion in startup capital for a high speed rail project in Florida predicted to create tens of thousands of new jobs. In Florida, where so many workers earn a living in our construction industry, it is critical for Congress to continue investing in transportation, infrastructure, and energy." (teddeutch.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Growing Our Economy. 22 November 2011. "The ability to get our fiscal house in order very much rests on our commitment to putting people back to work. I support efforts in Congress to cut taxes for small businesses and middle class families, keep our teachers in the classroom and our police officers on the street rather than on unemployment, and incentivize growth in our renewable energy industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Make it in America: Job Creation Initiatives. 25 September 2012. "Make permanent and expand the Research and Development Tax Credit so research investments can draw capital that create tomorrow's jobs." (teddeutch.house.gov)
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

  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Education. 22 November 2011. "Washington can no longer impose mandates, like No Child Left Behind, on local schools without providing proper funding. Further, we need to keep federal and state funds invested in our public schools, in order to help educate our next generation and pay our teachers a salary commensurate with the contribution they make to our society." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Theodore Deutch. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Theodore Deutch voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Theodore Deutch voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Theodore Deutch 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

  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Theodore Deutch in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Theodore Deutch voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Home Star Energy Retrofit Act Of 2010. 6 May 2010. "Madam Chair, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act is an important bill that will create jobs, lower energy bills, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Improving efficiency is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to reduce pollution, and I am pleased to support a bill that encourages consumers to consider a more energy-efficient option when retrofitting or repairing existing appliances or systems." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Environment. 22 November 2011. "Throughout my tenure in the Florida Senate, I have strongly advocated in favor of green environmental policies, and in Congress I will continue efforts to confront global climate change. The warming of our atmosphere is a national security issue, an economic issue, and a moral issue. As a global economic and political power, the United States has a responsibility to provide real leadership to reduce the threat of climate change. We must value and protect our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Video: Rep. Ted Deutch Opposes Polluters' Bill of Rights. 20 September 2012. "Our failure to take comprensive action on global climate change is already profoundly immoral. It is a disgrace that we refuse to sacrifice. on behalf of our grand children. I fail to understand the perverse notion that somehow global climate change is a laughable matter that we can sweep under the rug instead of an unprecedented threat to the health of our children and to the security of our nation. How many more millions of tons of greenhouse gases would my republican collegues like in our atmosphere before they are concerned? How much less polar ice, how many more cases of preventable cancer should American children develop?" (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred 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 Theodore Deutch in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Promoting Responsible Gun Laws. 22 November 2011. "Too often in this country guns find their way into the hands of criminals or the mentally disturbed [¦] I agree with virtually every federal, state and local law enforcement agency that the ban on assault weapons needs to be renewed as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "I'm disappointed the Rules Committee blocked my own amendment to amend this bill to ensure that individuals with concealed weapons could only cross lines into States that maintain a national law enforcement database. Without a database system accessible 24 hours a day with criminal background information on individuals holding concealed weapons permits from other States, Florida's law enforcement will be unable to adequately protect the public under this bill. It is the safety of our communities and our families that are at risk as a result." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Theodore Deutch voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Deutch: Repeal of Health Care Reform Devastating to Florida's Economy. 19 January 2011. "A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have a devastating impact on Florida's economy. Our state has the second-highest rate of uninsured Americans in the country [¦] The Affordable Care Act is putting the brakes on these skyrocketing premiums this year by requiring insurers to run more efficiently or reimburse their customers for unjustifiable hikes in 2012." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Health Care. 22 November 2011. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama is on track to make coverage available to 32 million Americans while reducing our deficit by $143 billion dollars over the next decade. When the implementation of this legislation is complete, no American will have to worry about losing health insurance when they lose their job or move across state lines, nor will insurance companies be allowed to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Seniors and Retirees. 1 January 2011. "Another central priority of mine in the 112th Congress is the proper enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which contains several provisions that will improve Medicare benefits for seniors. Each year, over 20,000 seniors in Florida's 19th district fall into the Medicare donut hole, resulting in massive prescription bills. Starting in 2011, the health care reform law provides seniors in the donut hole with 50 percent discount on brand name medications, and over the next decade, this unfortunate coverage gap will be completely phased out." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issues. 25 September 2012. "I strongly support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law last year, because it will fundamentally reform our health care system, by reducing insurance costs while increasing stability and the rights of consumers. These reforms improve Medicare by delivering cheaper prescription drugs, lowering co-pays for seniors among many other important changes." (www.tedforcongress.com)
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

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Theodore Deutch. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Theodore Deutch voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Press Release. 15 June 2012. "Today, President Obama took bold and decisive action to protect hundreds of thousands of young people who have grown up as Americans but through no fault of their own lack the legal ability to be here. This policy will protect heroic members of our military and hardworking students who simply want a chance to fulfill the American dream and contribute to the country they love. Though only action by Congress can provide these individuals with an actual path to citizenship, the President's decision is an important step forward and a powerful reminder of his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform." (teddeutch.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Theodore Deutch. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Theodore Deutch voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Theodore Deutch supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Civil Rights and Consumer Protection. 22 November 2011. "I am committed to advancing equality and ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Equal protection under the law must be upheld for all our citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. I am proud to have received a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign for my efforts to advance marriage equality, repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and prevent discrimination in the workplace." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Equal Rights. 22 November 2011. "Gays and lesbians should have the same rights as all American citizens including the rights to have committed same-sex relationships with the right of marriage and adoption, to share partner health care benefits, to serve openly as a member of our armed forces, and to be protected against hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issues. 25 September 2012. "I strongly believe that all citizens have the right to live their daily lives free from unwarranted government intrusion. LGBT Americans should have the same rights as all American citizens including the rights to have committed same-sex relationships with the right of marriage and adoption, to share partner health care benefits, to serve openly as a member of our armed forces, and to be protected against hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity." (www.tedforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Strong and Smart National Security and Foreign Policy. 22 November 2011. "As a Member of Congress, I will closely monitor U.S. efforts to destroy the worldwide network of al Qaeda and ensure we do not take our eye off the ball in Afghanistan. We must continue to pursue Osama Bin Laden. We also need a smart anti-terrorism policy where we continue to encourage communication between the C.I.A., F.B.I. and local law enforcement to foil domestic plots like the one unraveled recently in New York City. We also need to continue to support countries such as Pakistan that needs material support to destroy Taliban and al Qaeda forces in their country and on their borders." (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

  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 3 January 2012. "I will never support any proposal that privatizes Social Security or erodes retirement benefits that workers have earned through a lifetime of hard work." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Deutch Makes Case Against Social Security Cuts in Budget Committee Testimony. 30 March 2011. "These proposals, such as raising the retirement age, shifting wealthier Americans to private accounts, and turning Social Security into a low-income welfare program offends the very wisdom of this stalwart program. Social Security was created on the simple premise that we are all entitled to a secure retirement after a lifetime of hard work." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Deutch: Republican Budget Privatizes Medicare, Endangers Seniors. 3 January 2012. "South Florida's seniors should be outraged by the new GOP budget that proposes a risky new privatization scheme for Social Security. I reject this plan and call on all candidates for Congress in the 19th District denounce such efforts." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Deutch. Issue Position: Seniors and Retirees. 23 November 2011. "In fact, a recent budget proposal supported by the new Chairman of the House Budget Committee once again ties Social Security benefits to risky private accounts and replaces Medicare with limited vouchers for private insurance. If this most recent economic recession has taught us anything, it should be that tying the retirement benefits of America's workers to the whims of the stock market could result in life savings being gambled away." (votesmart.org)

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