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Allen Boyd, Jr.

Allen Boyd, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Allen Boyd, Jr.
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Cissy; 3 Children: John, Suzanne, David
Birth Date: 06/06/1945
Birth Place: Valdosta, GA
Home City: Monticello, FL
Religion: Methodist
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Allen Boyd, Jr. 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

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Allen Boyd supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Allen Boyd supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 83 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted YES on 4 May 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. 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. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted YES on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted YES on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Allen Boyd supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen Boyd. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted YES on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted NO on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. Permanent Estate Tax Relief For Families, Farmers, And Small Businesses Act Of 2009. 3 December 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak against the motion to recommit and in favor of H.R. 4154, the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009. The bill before us creates permanent financial guidelines for the future of families, farmers, and small businesses across this country. Due to the policy enacted in 2001 under the Republican leadership, financial planning for estates since then has been at best unpredictable, a crapshoot for now a decade. The leadership at that time had a chance to fix this problem because we had surpluses as far as the eye could see. But they failed to act, and by doing so, they failed hundreds or thousands of families in this country, despite, as I said earlier, a picture of record surpluses as far as the eye could see. Instead, a policy was created that set an unsustainable rate for political gain. Congress can do better. We can provide some permanency. The leadership of this body, my Democratic colleagues and I, have chosen to solidify the future of American families by making these 2009 levels permanent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Allen Boyd supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 17 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. Allen Boyd supported the interests of the Club for Growth 21 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. A Smarter Stimulus. 2 February 2009. "The Senate is expected to take up its version of a stimulus package this week, and I remain hopeful that the bill that ultimately becomes law will include smarter spending, more stimulative tax provisions, and a commitment from Congressional leaders to clean up the federal budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. Boyd Talks About The Economy With Thousands Of North Floridians. 31 March 2009. "While not perfect, the stimulus bill includes responsible tax relief and important investments that will help create jobs, such as infrastructure spending, and we're already seeing these stimulus funds at work in our communities. Additionally, I believe that passing a budget is critical if we are going to be successful in putting our country on the road to economic recovery. This week, the House will consider a budget that, for the first time in years, is honest about our fiscal realities and includes strict budget enforcement tools. It will take time to put our country back on a fiscally sustainable path, but by using a budget framework that includes statutory pay-as-you-go budget discipline as a starting point, like this budget does, we can get there. We have much more work ahead of us, and I will continue working in Congress to help blunt the effects of this economic downturn in the short-term and to chart a course to fiscal responsibility and economic growth in the long-term." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. Conference Report On H.R. 1, American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 13 February 2009. "Stimulative spending including the funding for transportation and education infrastructure projects, job training and workforce development, and critical investments in rural communities like broadband services and wastewater projects will be extremely beneficial to communities in Northwest Florida. The temporary tax provisions, such as the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the increase of the refundable portion of the child credit, are also critical to bolstering the economy by ensuring that money will quickly get into the hands of Americans who are going to spend it. Additionally, H.R. 1 increases unemployment benefits, provides more funding for food stamps and a one-time payment to recipients of Social Security and veterans receiving disability compensation and pension benefits. Finally, this bill helps small businesses quickly recover costs of new capital investments by extending the bonus depreciation for making investments in plants and equipment. In the end, these combined provisions are our best bet for a shot in the arm of this economy. H.R. 1 will create or save over 8,300 jobs alone in the 2nd district of Florida which I represent and over 200,000 jobs statewide." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. Rejects Bush Bailout proposal, supports responsible advance to financial industry. 29 September 2008. "Last week, the Administration put forward a bad bailout proposal to fix years of their bad fiscal policies. Those of us in Congress rejected the President's bailout proposal, and through a lot of bipartisan work, we created a better bill. Democrats and Republicans came together and turned the Administration's gift to the financial industry into a responsible advance to the markets to spur confidence and stability. Don't get me wrong, even though we crafted a more responsible solution to our financial crisis, none of us who supported this bill like having to do this, but we have been told by countless economic experts that the consequences of inaction would be even more costly for our country and for the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. We Must Chart Course To Fiscal Responsibility, Economic Growth. 23 February 2009. "'Reducing our national debt is not just a fiscal issue; it's a national security issue. Our long-term economic growth and the strength of our nation demand that we reduce our federal debt and stop spending more than we have,' Boyd stated. 'I understand the seriousness of our economic situation, which is why I supported the final stimulus bill to help blunt this economic downturn in the short-term. But in order to strengthen our economy in the short and long run, this must be coupled with a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility. If we don't do this and continue to deficit spend, then the level of our national debt - the likes of which we have never seen before - will be worse than the current recession.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen Boyd. "The Facts about the Kolbe-Boyd Bill". 14 February 2005. "Under Kolbe-Boyd, younger workers can direct 3 percent of the first $10,000 of earnings and 2 percent of the remainder, up to the taxable maximum. Workers can make additional voluntary contributions of up to $5,000 a year to their personal accounts, and these voluntary contributions would be after-tax. The Kolbe-Boyd bill models personal accounts after the Thrift Savings Plan that most federal employees enjoy today. If an individual is hesitant about investing his or her money, he or she can keep all of it invested in Treasury bills-the exact same way current Social Security dollars are invested today. For those who want to earn a higher return, they can invest in predetermined investment options, again similar to the current program for federal employees. All workers will still receive a defined benefit from Social Security. In other words, the savings accrued in the personal account are in addition to the Social Security benefits which flow from the current program. The Kolbe-Boyd bill expands the savings opportunities for low-income workers through personal accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. 17 March 2005. The Boyd Report "Enhancing Retirement for All Americans". "With Social Security reform necessary in the coming years, I believe that an essential aspect of any reform plan is the need to maintain a strong, defined Social Security benefit, especially for low-income workers. Americans with higher incomes are able to take advantage of numerous retirement programs such as 401(K) plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to build wealth. . . . Publicly-administered personal accounts under our plan would expand savings opportunities for workers in this circumstance. The Kolbe-Boyd plan provides a savings subsidy or "match" for low-income workers who make voluntary contributions to their personal accounts. Any qualified worker who makes a $1 voluntary contribution to his or her personal account will receive a government match of $150. The government would match 50 percent for each additional dollar up to $600 annually. Workers who are eligible could designate their Earned Income Tax Credit refund for this purpose and qualify for the additional tax credit. For the first time in Social Security's history, low wage earners will be able to accumulate significant accounts to pass on to their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. The Boyd Report "Personal Accounts: Preparation not Privatization". 3 April 2005. "Many who oppose reforming the Social Security program have falsely claimed that personal accounts would lead to the privatization of Social Security. I am not an advocate of privatizing Social Security, our nation's largest and most successful entitlement program. The Kolbe-Boyd bill does not privatize Social Security, but instead, allows every American the opportunity to control his or her own retirement through the creation of publicly-administered personal accounts. . . . Personal accounts are a way to let workers recoup those reductions and likely earn even more for retirement than they could under today's system. . . .I firmly believe that Social Security should be the bedrock of Americans' retirement security, and personal accounts would strengthen that bedrock. Social Security is not an asset belonging to individuals. It is a government promise, and if left unchanged it will turn out to be an empty one. Personal accounts are a responsible step to keep this promise." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. The Boyd Report "Saving Social Security". 12 January 2005. "I have cosponsored the Bipartisan Retirement Security Act with Representative Jim Kolbe (R-Arizona) to address the significant, long term shortfalls of Social Security. Our plan takes the best of both worlds by preserving the basic benefit while also encouraging personal responsibility. Allowing younger workers to place a small portion of their payroll tax into personal accounts is one of the options to overcome this shortfall. Personal accounts provide individuals with ownership of and control over part of their retirement assets-including the freedom to invest in safe, risk-free Treasury securities. Under the Kolbe-Boyd plan, low income workers, women, minorities and the disabled are also protected from poverty through the reforms our bill makes to the Social Security program." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. The Boyd Report Personal Accounts: Preparation not Privatization. 4 March 2005. "I firmly believe that Social Security should be the bedrock of Americans' retirement security, and personal accounts would strengthen that bedrock. Social Security is not an asset belonging to individuals. It is a government promise, and if left unchanged it will turn out to be an empty one. Personal accounts are a responsible step to keep this promise." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. The Boyd Report: Keeping Oup Promise to Retirees. 3 February 2005. "Now let me tell you what our plan does do: · Our plan preserves existing benefits for current and near-retirees. · Our plan increases the rate of return for all workers by establishing the opportunity for all Americans to create wealth. · Our plan strengthens the government safety net for low-income workers through a minimum benefit provision. · Our plan provides individuals with ownership of and control over part of their retirement assets-including the freedom to invest in safe, risk-free Treasury securities." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen Boyd. H Amdt 497 to HR 2181. 105th Congress. An amendment to add a new section which provides that in further consideration of death sentence recommendations, life imprisonment shall be imposed instead, if the court has any doubt that a defendent actually committed the offense. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted NO on 25 February 1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Allen Boyd supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 30 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen Boyd. Issue Position: Education. 6 July 2009. "In 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law. I was happy to support this bill for it set the stage for a limited, but productive role for the federal government in the education of our nation's children. The goal of No Child Left Behind has been to provide the states with a sense of our country's education priorities and allow the states to establish their own priorities and goals as long as they stay within the federal framework for student and teaching standards." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. The State of Our Union. 23 January 2004. "Secondly, quality education is the backbone of our society. Our children are the future of our nation, and it is of the utmost importance to provide them with the best possible educational opportunities. Fully funding the No Child Left Behind bill is the first step in providing quality education. Significant new standards have been placed on our schools, teachers, and students and it will take the proper funding to meet these new requirements. I voted for this bill with the belief that the President would make sure the promised funding was included in his budget. So far, this funding has not been provided. Additionally, college education needs to be affordable for American families. Congress needs to ensure that Pell grants, student loans, and the Montgomery GI bill reflect the growing cost of going to college. One of the key foundations of our economic success is that each generation is better educated than the preceding one. We must work together to see that our children and grandchildren have the educational opportunities to continue this trend." (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

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Allen Boyd supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. American-Made Energy. "Many also complain about the costs associated with the cap and trade program in the bill that addresses carbon emissions. Those who do not believe in climate change or that the world population is affecting climate change will disagree with me, but I believe that failure to begin reducing carbon emissions will leave a diminished, economically vulnerable world for our grandchildren. What is indisputable is that our future on the current path leaves us with zero control over energy prices. American-made energy will be critical to our country's economic future, to controlling energy costs, and to maintaining our quality of life." 6 July 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. Boyd Talks Energy With Thousands Of North Floridians. 30 July 2008."'I support responsible domestic drilling, but with the U.S. having only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, we simply cannot drill our way out of this problem. To end our dependence on foreign oil, we must look at all the pieces of the puzzle, including alternative and renewable energy sources, technology development, fuel diversity, and climate change.' . . . Congressman Boyd also emphasized the need for a long-term, balanced energy approach that promotes alternative energies and conservation while eliminating our nation's dependence on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. Boyd Votes To Immediately Lower Gas Prices. 24 July 2008. "As we work to combat high gas prices in the near-term, we also must develop a comprehensive, long-term energy plan. To really and truly end our dependence on foreign oil, we must look at all the pieces of the energy puzzle, which would include increasing domestic energy production and addressing climate change, fuel diversity, renewable energy sources, and technology development. The people of North Florida want real relief at the pump, today, tomorrow, and for years to come. I will continue to work with all of my colleagues in Congress towards a balanced and comprehensive approach to our long-term energy needs that will lower gas prices and end our energy crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Allen Boyd supported the interests of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Allen Boyd a grade of C. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Allen Boyd supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 44 percent from 1991 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2010 National Rifle Association gave Representative Boyd a grade of A, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen Boyd. 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. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Allen Boyd supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 89 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. Boyd Calls for Fiscally Responsible Healthcare Bill. 20 November 2009. "While the House bill does take some positive steps toward increasing coverage and reforming insurance regulations, it simply falls short when it comes to lowering healthcare costs for North Florida families and businesses. Improving our healthcare system is of utmost importance to me, but meaningful reform must reduce the skyrocketing cost of healthcare services. Until I have confidence that a healthcare reform bill will effectively curb rising healthcare costs and ease the burdensome pressure millions of Americans feel when paying their healthcare premiums or doctor bills, I cannot in good faith support this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. Boyd to Support Responsible Healthcare Reform. 2 April 2010. "Rising healthcare costs are the single largest threat to our country's economic future. In Florida's 2nd Congressional District, there were 800 healthcare-related bankruptcies in 2008 caused primarily by the exorbitant cost of healthcare services not covered by insurance. That's why I have been fighting to implement smart policies that will effectively curb rising healthcare costs and ease the burdensome pressure millions of Americans feel when paying their healthcare premiums or doctor bills." (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. Allen Boyd 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. Allen Boyd supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 56 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

  • Allen Boyd HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Allen Boyd supported the interests of Peace Action West 42 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Boyd. Boyd Travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Germany: Boyd Meets with Troops, Assesses our Efforts Against Global Terrorism. 29 May 2008. "'This trip gave me more insight into the challenges faced by our troops and military leaders in theaters beyond Iraq that are essential to our national security,' Boyd stated. 'Iraq often grabs most of the headlines, but Afghanistan and Pakistan play more critical roles in the global fight against terrorism. This region of the world, with Afghanistan and Pakistan at the epicenter, is the central front in our war against terror and will continue to be a major part of American foreign policy for years to come.' 'Our troops, military leaders, and Foreign Service officers work hard around the world to serve American interests and to fight the spread of terrorist networks and their ideology, especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan,' Boyd continued. 'In the war on terror, we cannot be defensive; we must be offensive and use our resources, our assets, and our allies in the region so that we can fight terror more effectively. As a member of the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, I intend to put the lessons learned on this trip to use and continue to work to strengthen our national security and remain vigilant in our efforts to keep America and the people safe.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen Boyd. HJ Res 88. 111th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Project Vote Smart Summary: Allen Boyd voted YES on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)

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