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John Hall

John Hall's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: John Hall
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Pamela; 1 Child
Birth Date: 07/23/1948
Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
Home City: Dover Plains, NY
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John Hall refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund. 2010. John Hall is endorsed by Planned Parenthood for the 2010 General Election. (www.plannedparenthoodaction.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. John Hall voted NO on 7 November 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. Issue Position: On the Issues. "I believe that health care is a right and should be guaranteed for all Americans. I believe that a woman's reproductive issues are her own to make. I believe that Congress has a responsibility to provide basic health services for all, regardless of income, without disrcrimination, including contraception and safe, legal abortion." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 3 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of the Club for Growth 0 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. John Hall voted YES on 13 February 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. John Hall voted YES on 10 March 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. Poughkeepsie Journal - Hall Defends Support Of Bush Bailout. 7 October 2008. "Hall, who voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, or bailout bill, visited Dutchess Recreational Vehicles Monday in LaGrange. He also visited small-business owners in Orange and Westchester counties. The bailout bill, which passed last week, allows the Treasury Department to buy mortgage-related securities from financial institutions, the goal being to prevent a credit freeze. The law also raises the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insurance cap to $250,000 from $100,000." (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. The Hall Report. 1 October 2008. "With each passing day, it is becoming more and more evident that the financial crisis is hurting all of us: consumers, students, families, taxpayers, homeowners, and businesses. President Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson originally proposed a three-page plan to hand over a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. Through negotiations over the past weeks, I worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to overhaul the Bush proposal and develop instead a loan for the financial industry that will keep the financial sector and the economy moving and will eventually be repaid to the taxpayers. On Monday I voted in favor of this plan, which did not pass, and I want to explain my vote to you. Monday's vote was not a multiple choice question. It was a choice of action or no action." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hall. Issue Position: Social Security/Retirement. "I will work in the 110th Congress to protect and strengthen the Social Security system. I will also oppose any attempts to privatize any part of the Social Security program." (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. Social Security's 75th Anniversary. 20 July 2010. "Our seniors depend on their monthly checks to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Without this critical help, many of them would fall into poverty. Social Security should not be privatized, and must remain intact for America's future generations." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hall. Issue Position: Education. "During this Congress's effort to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act I will be fighting to eliminate the impact of No Child Left Behind's unfunded mandates on our taxpayers and our schools." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hall. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. John Hall voted YES on 26 June 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall signed the SEEC Letter to House Leadership on 25 March 2010. "?SEEC feels that it is of the highest priority that any comprehensive energy legislation includes reductions in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to spur private investment in American clean energy technologies, and is consistent with reduction targets in House-passed legislation."
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. Issue Position: Environment. "Climate change is a complex challenge with dire consequences for future generations. Real action must be taken in Congress to address this threat. The same solutions we need to implement to deal with climate change will carry the additional benefit of lessening incidences of asthma, emphysema, acid rain, and oil spills. Not only will policies to address global climate change result in tangible environmental and health protections, but I am confident that they will also invigorate our economy by spurring investment in new energy technologies and reducing our dependence of foreign oil. As part of my commitment to fight global climate change, I have cosponsored H.R. 620, the Climate Stewardship Act, which would institute a cap and trade system to limit greenhouse gas emissions and provide a market incentive for companies to produce technologies that combat global warming." (johnhall.house.gov)
  • John Hall. Issue Position: Environment. "Climate change is a complex challenge with dire consequences for future generations. Real action must be taken in Congress to address this threat." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hall. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. John Hall voted NO on 17 September 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Hall a grade of F. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2009. John Hall supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1991 and 2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hall. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. John Hall voted YES on 7 November 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall signed the Progressive Change Campaign Committee letter. "Representatives Jared Polis and Chellie Pingree are asking other members of Congress to join them in signing this urgent letter to Harry Reid: Dear Majority Leader Reid: As the Senate continues to work on health reform legislation, we strongly urge you to consider including a public option." (whipcongress.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. Hall Separates Myths From Facts On Health Care Reform. 4 August 2009. "No one who has looked at the facts can honestly assert that the public health insurance option is a road to single payer. The public option is only one choice of many in the new Health Insurance Exchange. No one - not the government nor an employer - can force an individual or family to enroll in the public option. If you receive subsidies, you can enroll in the public option or private plans; if your employer offers you coverage through the Exchange, you can enroll in any private plan or the public option; if you choose to purchase coverage on your own in the Exchange, you can enroll in the public option or private plans. In fact, only a small fraction of the insured population is expected to enroll in the public option. According to CBO analysis of the under-65 population, approximately 9 - 10 million people will choose to enroll in the public option by 2019; this is one-third of the total enrollment in the Exchange, and is less than 4% of all non-elderly individuals with health insurance in America." (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. Issue Position: Healthcare. "I believe universal health care is a right not a privilege and one key to a better economy for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. Issue Position: On the Issues. "I believe that health care is a right and should be guaranteed for all Americans. I believe that a woman's reproductive issues are her own to make. I believe that Congress has a responsibility to provide basic health services for all, regardless of income, without disrcrimination, including contraception and safe, legal abortion." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 23 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 40 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Hall supported the interests of Peace Action West 45 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. John Hall voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. John Hall voted YES on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • John Hall. Hall Statement On New Afghanistan Strategy Announced By President Obama. 1 December 2009. "The terrorists who attacked America and New York on 9/11, killing thousands of innocent American civilians, were trained in Al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. Preventing Al-Qaeda from regaining a safe haven in Afghanistan is absolutely vital to America's national security. I am glad that the President came here to West Point to explain his plans directly to our nation's future officer corps. The new strategy that the President announced tonight includes critical changes that can lead to American and Afghan success against the Taliban leadership and Al-Qaeda: requiring progress and benchmarks to be made by the Afghan government, expanding military presence beyond the cities to Taliban strongholds in the east and south, enabling America's withdrawal by training Afghan forces, and increasing direct economic development to provide economic options besides joining the Taliban." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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