Representative Hank Johnson, Jr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 4, Democratic
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Hank Johnson, Jr. 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. Hank Johnson, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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

  • Signed a letter stating "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637383/#.VW9rBnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/7269#.VW9rJnUVhHx (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Luke 12:48, it is written that "to whom much is given, much is required.' That value is alive in this budget. We ask the wealthiest Americans contribute their fair share. And we stop giving handouts to multinational corporations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/603172/#.VW9s3HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I would suggest to you, Congressman and Congresswoman, that perhaps the reason why we're seeing this kind of favorable treatment afforded to millionaires by this Congress is because almost half of the incoming freshmen, I understand, are millionaires. I think the figure is about 43 percent. And if someone can correct me on that, I'd stand corrected. But my information is 43 percent of the Tea Party freshmen are millionaires, and so they benefit from these laws, these trickle-down economics laws, and they've been enjoying them since 1980. That's when voodoo economics, as George Herbert Walker Bush called it, trickle-down economics, voodoo economics, or whatever you want to call it, it has not worked." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686980/#.VW9sT3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Cosponsored the "H.R.3382 - Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3382/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Smarter+sentencing+Act%22%5D%2C%22cosponsor-state%22%3A%22Georgia%22%7D (www.congress.gov)
  • "Mandatory minimum sentencing is fundamentally unfair." http://hankjohnson.house.gov/issue/justice-civil-liberties (hankjohnson.house.gov)

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  • "Delivered over $200 million of federal investement in Fourth District job creation since January 2009, including $98 million to save over 1,000 teaching jobs in DeKalb, Rockdale, and Gwinnett counties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/556737/#.VW9t_HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Voted for the $152 billion bipartisan stimulus package designed to ease hardship and stimulate economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/373940/#.VW9u0nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Support the tax relief for middle class households proposed by Senator Barack Obama." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/373940/#.VW9u0nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297 (votesmart.org)
  • "Voted for President Obama's Recovery Act, or stimulus package, which cut taxes for 95% of working families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/556737/#.VW9uZnUVhH (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need bold and innovative ways to decide what is and what is not working in our classrooms. We must close the achievement gap to not only improve our neighborhood schools, but make us more competitive as a state and as a nation. Race to the Top is a great tool for creating new, innovative ways to educate our children." http://hankjohnson.house.gov/press-release/rep-johnsons-statement-georgia-receiving-race-top-funds (hankjohnson.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against "HR 3 - Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VW9xtHUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone Pipeline was never about jobs and energy independence -- it was about taking the dirtiest oil on earth through a pipeline to the Gulf Coast and shipping that oil abroad. I'm glad President Obama stood up for the American people, the environment, clean air and for the health and well being of the people and wildlife living near the pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664046/rep-hank-johnsons-statement-on-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VW9ya3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Cosponsored the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008, which passed the House. It extends tax credits for the production of electricity from renewable resources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/631452/issue-position-environment#.VW9z-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "America should invest heavily in becoming the world's leading producer of clean, efficient, renewable energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/373933/issue-position-energy#.VW9z_nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of "HR 2454 - Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VW9y-HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress should aggressively tighten efficiency standards, especially fuel standards for automobiles, and implement legislation to dramatically cut pollution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/373933/issue-position-energy#.VW9z_nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • " To say that we should have no regulations on weapons, particularly weapons of mass destruction, to me is unwise. I don't understand why someone who has a gun in their home for protection needs to have a magazine that is capable of rapid fire, a hundred rounds in a couple of minutes or in a minute. I don't understand why someone needs that kind of firepower to protect their home." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/728207/#.VW91K3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VW92s3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm voting against the House Republicans' repeal of health care reform because I was sent here to protect and represent my constituents, many of whom stand to be left without health coverage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/582114/#.VW93R3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
  • "Undocumented children of illegal immigrants are not responsible for their parents' actions of bringing them to America. Although they are not born here, they truly are Americans. President Obama's policy finally recognizes that fact." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712845/#.VW93kHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/640340/#.VW9333UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "At that time, Congress acted with regrettable haste and without respect for its longstanding practice of respecting state marriages for purposes of federal law. That practice had served Congress's interests in promoting stability and security for American families; it was a mistake to abandon it. Congress has no legitimate federal interest that is rationally served by treating married gay and lesbian couples as unmarried for all federal purposes. Section 3 is unconstitutional and should be struck down." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/720129/#.VW9463UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act--defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman--unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Following the ruling, the SSA released a statement encouraging individuals in same-sex marriages and other legal same-sex relationships to apply for benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/875796/letter-to-carolyn-colvin-social-security-administration-acting-commissioner-same-sex-spouses-deserve-equal-social-security-benefits#.VXXW8nUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/68070/hank-johnson-jr/76 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I would rather have the fight there (Syria) than have it here. The limited fight that we are going to do is the use of our air power, once we train what is called moderate Syrians--opposition. I don't know how that is going to turn out, but I do know that we have no choice but to do something. We must build up the ground forces over there with our partner nations to enter the fight on the ground. We support them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922780/continuing-appropriations-resolution-2015 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566228/#.VW989XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Those who argue that large Social Security cuts are necessary to balance the budget are mistaken. Social Security is a triumph of the American social safety net, providing life-sustaining income to over 53 million retirees, workers with disabilities, spouses and children. Congress must not balance the budget on the backs of our seniors." http://www.hankforcongress.com/issues/seniors-and-social-security (www.hankforcongress.com)
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/68070/hank-johnson-jr/53 (votesmart.org)

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