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Jim Jordan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 4, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
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Jim Jordan has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jim Jordan is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Jordan. Huffington Post: Keeping Funding From Abortion Is Why We Were Elected. 8 April 2011. "'We don't want to shut down the government, we want to do what the American people sent us to do: achieve real savings for the taxpayers, and not have our tax dollars go toward abortions,' Jordan said on a conference call with reporters." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jim Jordan voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jim Jordan voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (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 Jim Jordan a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jim Jordan voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. The Scourge of Abortion in America. 18 April 2007. "Mr. Speaker, today the Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was passed in the House, in the Senate, signed by the President and became Public Law No. 108-105 in November of 2003. As others have stated this evening, this is a victory for the health of women across this country. It is a victory for unborn children. It is a victory for life, and, as I have said, people have indicated it is a victory for America." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Look, life is precious, life is sacred, and government should protect that basic fact. It is not some grant from government. It is a gift from God. Our founders understood that when they talked about the creator giving us this inalienable right, and the fact that we live in the greatest Nation in history and our tax dollars are used to destroy the life of unborn children is just plain wrong. This bill corrects that. This bill is what the American people want, and this bill is consistent with this great Nation, founded on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is why it should pass and that is why I am a proud sponsor and urge a 'yes' vote on the legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Speaks at National March for Life. 22 January 2008. "Jordan also introduced a bill last week (H.R. 5032) to require a doctor to perform an ultrasound"and allow the mother to view the ultrasound images if she so chooses--before the doctor could perform an abortion. Jordan said this commonsense bill has earned support from a cross-section of legislators who believe that women should be provided all possible information on the realities of abortion. 'This is a pro-life bill that we were able to introduce with bipartisan support, and more of our pro-life colleagues are signing onto the bill each day. In the spirit of today's March for Life, I hope that many more of my colleagues will consider cosponsoring this bill.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Pro-Life and Family Issues. 1 January 2011. "Throughout my years serving in the Ohio General Assembly and now in the U.S. Congress, I am proud to stand and defend the lives of the unborn. I am committed to the view that life is sacred, that it begins at conception and that the Founding Fathers were correct in placing life first among the list of rights the Constitution was written to defend. This conviction informs all that I do in Congress, including the bills I sponsor and the speeches I give from the House floor. H.R. 618, the Right to Life Act, was the first bill I co-sponsored after taking office in January 2007. Currently, I am working on a bill called the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act, which employs ultrasound technology to save lives by offering women the opportunity to see their babies and encouraging them to pursue adoption and other abortion alternatives." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Abortion. 9 July 2008. "Can you ever experience true liberty, true freedom, if government doesn't protect your most fundamental right, your right to life? That's what this legislation is about. It's about protecting that most sacred, that most precious, that most fundamental right that the Founders understood was central to what we call this thing America. And that's why I'm pleased to support my colleagues in this legislation this evening. I appreciate the work of the gentlelady from Minnesota and, of course, Congressman Smith and the entire Pro-Life Caucus." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Op-Ed: The Principle of Life. 22 January 2010. "In America, we believe our right to life is granted by God. The peaceful and positive Pro-Life message being shared by people across the nation is working, as we now once again live in a Pro-Life America. We have had some challenges and setbacks on Pro-Life issues in the Obama and Pelosi regimes, but I am convinced that with the steadfast effort of regular Americans across the country, we will win." (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Jim Jordan. RSC Unveils Plan to Balance the Budget in Five Years. 27 March 2012. "Prevent any new tax increases on the American people. This budget proposes a smarter tax code that is simpler, flatter, and fairer in line with the RSC's Jobs Through Growth Act (H.R. 3400)." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Cutting Taxes for Families and Businesses. 18 January 2012. "Jim Jordan believes the economy grows and jobs are created under conservative economic policies that include lower taxes, limited government spending, reasonable regulation, and incentives for families and businesses to save and invest for the future. [¦] Jordan supported a conservative budget alternative that extended the 2001 and 2003 income tax cuts, and protected the $1,000 per child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, phaseout of the death tax, and reduced tax rates on capital gains and dividends. This proposal was also defeated by Democrats on a party-line vote. Jordan has also co-sponsored a number of bills to reduce taxes, protect tax credits, and otherwise return money to its rightful owners: the American taxpayer." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Tax Cut Amendment Rejected by Democrats. 28 March 2007. "In a party-line vote, House Democrats rejected a budget amendment offered last night by Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) that would have extended the current, lower federal income tax rates until at least 2012. Jordan's proposal was designed to counter House Democrats' efforts to enact a $182.2 billion income tax hike. 'Tax cuts are helping our economy, and they'll continue to have a positive impact if they're allowed to work. Now more than ever, raising taxes is the wrong medicine for the families and taxpayers of our state and nation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Taxes. 1 January 2011. "I am committed to the idea that the hardworking families of Ohio know best how to spend their own money and that more of it should remain in their own pockets. Low taxes foster a healthier economy across the board--encouraging entrepreneurship, job creation and improving the international competitiveness of our nation's businesses. I will continue to support the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and will stand adamantly against the return of the marriage penalty, the halving of the child tax credit or the continuation of the death tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Getting the Nation Back on Track. 13 February 2008. "The Federal Government spends $23,000 per year per household; the top 25 percent of income earners pay 84 percent of the taxes. So when you hear these elected officials say we have to give tax cuts to the middle class, we are going to tax the rich, it is already happening. So when people talk about only taxing the rich, what they really mean is they are going to tax taxpayers. Every single family is going to pay more. We have to get spending under control if we are going to keep taxes low so families have more of their money to spend on their goals and their dreams, their kids and their grandkids." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Annual Budget Debate. 27 March 2007. "If we are going to compete against those emerging countries who are moving towards middle class, if we are going to compete, we have got to have the right kind of policies in place. Tax increases are not the right kind of policies on our families, on our business owners, on our American economy. It is important we recognize that." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Wapokoneta Daily News: "Jordan: Congressional budget has wrong priorities." 23 May 2008. "Jordan went on the offensive against the Democrat-controlled Congress for pushing for the passage of a $3.1 trillion budget. The measure seeks to eliminate the Bush tax cuts put in place several years ago. 'That will increase taxes $600 billion over five years,' Jordan said. 'That would be a devastating thing to happen to families. It's not tax-and-spend, it is spend-and-tax. Spending drives the entire thing. If we ever get all the government we pay for, watch out.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Reuters: Revenue is a dirty word for Jim Jordan. 3 November 2011. "'One day I think maybe we can actually get some real savings and do what we're supposed to do and reduce spending, and then the next day I'm worried ... there will be a tax increase in there,' Jordan said. And that, he added, 'Would be the worst possible thing that we could do -- raise taxes.'" (www.reuters.com)
  • Jim Jordan signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Jordan. Letter to the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and the Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 21 July 2011. "The debt ceiling is intended to control federal spending but Washington continues to simply raise it without considering the consequences. American families have been working through a recession for the past three years by spending less and saving more, yet the federal government continues to spend more money it simply does not have." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan, Garrett and DeMint Unveil the Spending Reduction Act. 20 January 2011. "Today, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force, and Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, unveiled the Spending Reduction Act, which begins to address the rapidly growing national debt by making substantial spending cuts immediately and throughout the next decade. [¦] Compared to current projections, the Spending Reduction Act would save taxpayers $2.5 trillion through 2021. It starts by keeping House Republicans' pledge to take current spending back to 2008 levels and repeal unspent funds from the failed 'stimulus.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Federal Spending. 25 September 2009. "The continued spending by this Congress is unacceptable and must be stopped. This is a path we should not have gone down; first it was the $700 billion financial bailout, then the so-called $787 billion stimulus. America's hardworking taxpayers deserve better--a Congress that is accountable and one that shows restraint." (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 Jim Jordan a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jim Jordan voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jim Jordan voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2010. "In another attempt to bring some fiscal responsibility back to this Congress, I submitted an amendment yesterday in the House Rules Committee that would seek $149 billion in cuts to offset the $95 billion in new spending in H.R. 4853, the so-called Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010. [¦] My amendment would do what the American people are demanding we do: stop the out-of-control federal spending! By returning non-defense appropriations spending to FY 2008 levels, we will realize an immediate savings of $80 billion. By repealing the remaining stimulus funds, we save another $69 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. President's Own Numbers Show Stimulus Has Failed To Put Americans Back To Work. 6 November 2009. "This stimulus bill has been a colossal failure, and the money we are borrowing to finance it will take generations to pay back. 'We need to end this out-of-control federal spending and turn our focus towards fiscal responsibility and job creation. Over 80 of my colleagues have joined me in cosponsoring a bill called the REBOUND Act (H.R. 3140) that would halt the stimulus and bailout spending so we can do just that.' (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Earns Top Ranking for Spending Cuts. 27 July 2010. "The National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) has released a report on federal spending showing Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to have the most fiscally conservative policy agenda of all members of the House or Senate. NTUF computed the annualized cost of 1,698 pieces of legislation introduced in 2009, then calculated for each House and Senate member the total amount of spending contained in the bills they sponsored and cosponsored. Jordan's policy agenda was found to have cut federal spending by $229.8 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Aims To Reduce Spending, Deficit By $80 Billion. 18 June 2009. "Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee's Budget and Spending Task Force, took to the House floor to offer the first of nine budget-cut amendments designed to reduce federal spending by more than $80 billion. 'Getting a handle on the out-of-control spending in Washington D.C. is my top priority. Families and businesses across the country are tightening their belts in these tough economic times, but Congress continues to spend like there is no tomorrow.' [¦] Jordan said his proposal would return spending for most federal agencies to 2008 levels, before over $2 trillion was spent on taxpayer-funded bailout and stimulus bills." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility: Limiting the Growth of Runaway Government. 18 January 2012. "The federal government is too big, spends too much, and takes too much in taxes from hard-working Americans. Spending in most areas of the federal government is out of control and must be reigned in. On the issue of working to cut excessive federal government spending, Jim Jordan put his words into action by proposing more spending cuts than any other member of Congress in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Lauds Republican Earmark Moratorium. 11 March 2010. "'To get our economy back on the right track, we have to get federal spending under control. Certainly all earmarks are not bad, but we have to set priorities and make tough decisions. We have to have the guts to eliminate the "bridges to nowhere' that are a waste of taxpayer dollars,' Jordan said. 'The American people deserve to know that their tax dollars are being spent based on merit, not political muscle.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Letter to the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and the Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 6 June 2011. "To ensure that spending cuts continue, we need statutory, enforceable total-spending caps to reduce federal spending to 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with automatic spending reductions if the caps are breached--an approach taken in a bill by Rep. Mack and in another bill by Reps. Kingston, Flake, and Graves." (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

  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "Educating our children is vital to our nation's continued prosperity and economic strength during this time of increasing competition in business and trade from abroad. Successful education policy almost always starts at the local and state level rather than the federal level, and I support policies that give parents the freedom to guide their children's education." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Bellefontaine Examiner. Jordan: Obama's energy plan will hurt nation. 17 April 2009. "President Barack Obama's proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will hit Ohioans hard in the wallet and cost jobs if it passed by the U.S. Congress, according to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana. 'It's a terrible idea,' he said. 'It and the other ideas coming from the administration would be bad by themselves in good economic times. But to do any one of them, let alone all of them, in an economic recession is crazy.'" (examiner.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan: Congress Must Act Boldly to Address the Energy Crisis. 8 May 2008. "Congress must also take steps to improve our ability to add more refining capacity in this country. Many ask why it has been decades since a new oil refinery has been built in the United States. The answer is largely due to burdensome environmental regulations that discourage such construction, not to mention exposure to lawsuits from radical environmental interests that oppose any such expansion. We must act to remove these impediments and make refinery expansion a part of our long-term strategy." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009. 26 June 2009. "Republicans have a better way forward. We have an all-of-the-above energy solution that increases domestic production and use of our own resources and creates incentives to move us toward clean, renewable, and reliable sources of energy like nuclear, wind, solar, and bio-fuels. And we do it the way America has always done it--through the ingenuity and innovation of the American entrepreneur and worker, not top down federal government mandates. I encourage my colleagues to vote down this National Energy Tax and to support real American energy solutions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Department Of The Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008. 27 June 2007. "I am reminded of the old statement by our third President, Thomas Jefferson. He said: `When government fears the people, there is liberty. When people fear the government, there is tyranny.' Now keep that statement in mind and ask yourself the question: If next week when we are back home on break and you are at some friend's business and someone walks up to the door and knocks on the door and the individual identifies himself, I'm Mr. Smith and I am from the EPA, the Agency that gets a 4.7-percent increase in this bill. If you are that individual who owns that business, is your first response, oh, joy, one of my government's servants is about here to help me today." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Lambasts National Energy Tax. 26 June 2009. "Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) blasted today's so-called 'cap-and-trade' bill as one of the most destructive pieces of legislation he has seen in his two-and-a-half years in Congress. [¦] 'Americans have a right to be outraged! Congress should be focused on cutting energy costs and increasing competitiveness to turn our economy around, but this bill gives a big payout to the radical environmentalists while lowering the boom on the average American,' Jordan added. 'The only workers who will benefit from this short-sighted bill are those living in China and India.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jim Jordan voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Washington Times: Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). "Jordan strongly opposed Democratic efforts to establish a cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions, warning that it would increase energy costs and disproportionately affect carbon-dependent and manufacture-reliant Midwestern states." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Jim Jordan. Oversight Chairman Issa Calls on Obama Administration to Return Utility MACT Regulation to EPA to Complete Assessment of Impact on Jobs. 1 December 2011. "'The Committee is not satisfied that EPA has conducted a good faith analysis of the employment impact of the rule,' the letter signed by Chairman Issa and Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) said. They also said that EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe testified that EPA's jobs analysis on the rule failed to look at the impact that higher energy prices would have on employment. A study by National Economic Research Associates found that the rule could result in the loss of as many of 186,000 jobs per year." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jim Jordan voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jim Jordan a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Jim Jordan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jim Jordan voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. National Capital Security and Safety Act. 16 September 2008. "The founders got it right when they put the second amendment right after the first. Our founders understood how important this principle was in ensuring our basic freedoms in a constitutional republic. [¦] When given the chance to implement commonsense legislation that protects the second amendment rights and respected the Supreme Court, the D.C. City Council instead enacted an emergency bill, completely in defiance of the Court, that banned most semiautomatic pistols, the firearm most often used by families to defend themselves. They banned operable firearms in the home, requiring an individual to assemble and load and fire them only after an attack is under way and instituted costly and intrusive and convoluted registration process." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Rep. Jordan Seeks Cosponsors for the Second Amendment Enforcement Act. 14 July 2010. "After the Supreme Court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, the D.C City Counsel instituted a series of restrictions that blockaded D.C. residents from exercising their rights to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment Enforcement Act, H.R. 5162, finally secures for District residents the rights reinforced by the Supreme Court's decision. This legislation would, repeal the D.C. semiautomatic ban while keeping the ban on fully automatic machine guns intact. It will restore the right of self defense in the home, allowing firearms to be readily accessible for defensive purposes, while providing criminal penalties when a person allows an unattended firearm to fall into the hands of minors who harm themselves or others. The bill with allow D.C. residents to purchase firearms and ammunition in Maryland and Virginia, and allow licensed dealers to sell non-restricted ammo within D.C. H.R. 5162 will repeal the overly restrictive and costly registration requirement and ensure that firearms may be transported and carried for legitimate purposes." (rsc.jordan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Jordan. Op Ed: When It Comes To Health Care, Americans Know Best. 12 September 2009. "No one disagrees about the need for health care reform, but the bill currently being considered in the U.S. House is too expansive and unwieldy to address the problems in America's health care system. The current bill seeks to funnel people from private insurance into the government-run 'public option.' Its massive price tag, combined with the sorry state of the federal government's finances, will most certainly lead to rationing of care. The bill mandates federal intervention into end-of-life issues, which like all medical decisions; belong between an individual, their family, and their doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. New Healthcare Proposal Unveiled In House. 29 October 2009. "Americans want real health care reform that will cut costs while protecting access to their doctor. They don't want a government takeover of the health care system that will raise taxes, ration care and put bureaucrats in charge of important medical decisions. The liberal leadership in Congress might think they have the votes to ram this bill through the House, but the American people won't just sit there and take it. Congress needs to get focused on job creation and real health care reform. That's what I'm fighting for in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Statement On Narrow Passage Of Democrat Healthcare Bill. 7 November 2009. "Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) made the following statement on the narrow passage of H.R. 3962, the trillion-dollar government takeover of healthcare that passed 220 to 215 with 39 Democrats joining all but one Republican in voting no. 'During this healthcare debate, millions of everyday Americans called their Congressmen, spoke at town hall meetings, or marched on Washington to express their outrage over the prospect of turning their health care over to the federal government. Unfortunately, congressional Democrats ignored their voices and passed their trillion-dollar, 2,000-page government takeover bill in the dark of night. [¦] I joined 175 of my colleagues in supporting a common sense alternative health care reform bill that reduced costs, protected the relationship between patients and doctors, and did not raise taxes on families or businesses. Though our plan did not pass, I still believe these long-term fixes we propose are needed to fix what is wrong with the health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Health Care. 3 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, Americans hate being told what to do. It's just part of our collective DNA. We like freedom. We like the ability to choose. We like the ability to make decisions on our own. And what most Americans find troubling about this bill is it's 2,000 pages of the government getting between them and their family and their doctor. [¦] That's just the way we look at things. And here we have this bill that's now going to tell us how we as individuals and as families and small business owners are going to get our health care. That's what Americans find troubling. That's why they're opposed to that. And that's why we need real reform and not this 2,000-page takeover of health care in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Health Care. 13 January 2010. "Unfortunately, this health care bill represents all that is bad about Washington, not only on the spending side, but as my colleagues have pointed out, in a whole host of other areas as well. [...] I would just say this bill represents what Americans hate about Washington. This health care bill is big taxes, big spending, big Washington, big bureaucracy, Federal Government telling families and small business owners and individual Americans how they are now going to get their health care, telling Americans that you will now have bureaucrats between you and your family and your doctor. It represents everything that Americans don't like about this place. Unfortunately, it seems like the leadership in this Congress is bound and determined to move forward with that." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Health Care Costs To Increase. 27 April 2010. "Mr. Speaker, imagine this: The Democrats' health care bill will not reduce health care costs, but actually increase them. That's right. According to CMS, the costs will increase over $300 billion. It brings to mind Yogi Berra's line: this is deja vu all over again. Of course, taxpayers and families knew this would happen. Any time you have a big government, Washington-based program, it always costs more than advertised. The CMS findings underscore what taxpayers and families across this country understand: we need to repeal this bill and replace it with the right kind of reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, what part of 'no' don't the Democrats get? They were going to pass this health care bill last September and the American people said 'no.' They were going to pass it in October and the American people said 'no.' They said we're going to get it done by Thanksgiving and the American people said 'no.' Oh, we're going to get it done by Christmas and the American people said 'no.' We're going to get it done by the State of the Union and the American people said 'no.' And now they say, oh, we're going to get it done before Easter, and the American people continue to say 'no.' What part of 'no' don't they get?" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jim Jordan voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Healthcare. 1 January 2011. "Right now, the thousand-page health care bill will cost taxpayers about a billion dollars per page and will impose new taxes on individuals and businesses. It will force Americans from private healthcare into a government-run system that will put Washington bureaucrats in charge of rationing care. This government takeover would add $239 billion of deficit over ten years, pushing our already unstable finances further toward bankruptcy. We need health care reform that puts medical decisions in the hands of doctors, families and patients, not government bureaucrats or insurance companies." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Statement On Passage Of Democrat Health Care Bill. 21 March 2010. "Americans want Congress to focus on job creation and getting federal spending under control. Instead, President Obama and Speaker Pelosi continue pressing forward with their big government agenda. Ten years from now, when the government-run health care system has grown beyond expectation and the American people are trying to stop Congress from rationing health care to contain costs; we will look back on this day with great regret." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Opposes Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants. 18 May 2007. "We are a nation of laws, and giving blanket amnesty to those who break the law violates our core American principles. Amnesty is nothing more than rewarding illegal behavior by giving criminals the fruit of their crime." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Jim Jordan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jim Jordan voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Jim Jordan in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Cosponsors Bill to Prevent Illegal Aliens From Being Issued Drivers' Licenses. 15 November 2007. "Having visited the Mexican border on a fact-finding trip earlier this year, Jordan said that our first immigration priority must be to secure our borders to stop the problem of illegal immigration at its source. He also noted that immigration reform efforts in Congress must reject 'amnesty' for those who are here illegally, and must also make the immigration process work better for those who follow the rules to become new citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Column on Immigration Reform. 8 June 2007. "First, we must secure our borders by enforcing our deportation laws, building security fences, and increasing border patrols to stop the problem of illegal immigration at its root. Second, we must reject 'amnesty' for illegal aliens. Allowing these individuals to enjoy the benefits of American citizenship--whether through special visas or otherwise--is nothing less than rewarding their illegal behavior, giving them exactly what they broke the law to obtain. It puts them in line for citizenship ahead of legal applicants who are following the rules." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. "I am steadfastly against illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants. My strategy for dealing with the many problems posted by illegal immigration is threefold: secure the border, robustly enforce our immigration laws and fix the system so that it works for those who want to come to our country legally--by working hard, learning the language and becoming Americans. Our country has always been a nation of immigrants. In large part, this is what has made us great, but illegal immigration is unfair to the many people from around the world who want to come to the United States legally, as well as being a serious threat to our homeland security." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Illegal Immigration. 12 March 2007. "The second principle that has to guide this debate, and, again, it has been highlighted already, is the idea that our country is great because we have a lot of great principles that were there at the founding and are still present today. One of those fundamental principles that makes America the greatest Nation ever is the concept that the rule of law matters. And when people willingly, knowingly violate the rule of law, there have to be serious consequences. And that is why amnesty as a policy makes no sense for people who willingly and knowingly violated the law." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Jim Jordan. Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007. 7 November 2007. "And I guess I would just close by saying, most importantly in my mind, this legislation, I believe, would undermine the institution of marriage and thereby undermine that key institution in our culture, which I believe in the end ultimately determines the strength of our entire society, and that being the family institution. You think about one of the reasons America is so great is because moms and dads and families sacrifice for the next generation. I believe this legislation has the real potential to undermine the importance of families in our culture and in our society and in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "Dear President Obama: We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. House Republicans moving to abolish District of Columbia's same-sex marriage law. 1 April 2011. "Jordan's first project is a draft proposal that would set up a referendum to overturn a year-old District of Columbia law recognizing marriages of gay and lesbian couples. The move comes as conservatives express a desire to move beyond a focus on spending cuts and expand the House majority's legislative agenda to include social issues [¦] Jordan says he will press for a floor vote to allow fellow conservatives to make clear their opposition to gay marriage. 'We want to advance marriage. That's the pledge. Our party should be all about defending marriage as it has always been defined,' he said." (washingtonindependent.com)
  • Jim Jordan. House Bill Would Overturn D.C. Action on Same-Sex Marriage. 22 May 2009. "A group of lawmakers introduced a bill in the House of Representatives yesterday that would define marriage in the District as the union of one man and one woman. The bill is designed to block a measure approved 12 to 1 by the D.C. Council two weeks ago to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states that have legalized gay marriage. The lead sponsors of the D.C. Defense of Marriage Act are Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Dan Boren (D-Okla.). The bill has a total of 30 sponsors from both parties. 'The ideal institution for raising children is family; it is moms and dads,' said Jordan yesterday at a Capitol Hill rally, where he was flanked by clergy members and other supporters. 'We saw what happened in Iowa. We saw what happened in New Hampshire. And when the D.C. Council did this, this is the national city, this is the national capital of the greatest country in the world, and this is a fight worth getting into, defending that key institution.'" (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Jim Jordan. Chairman Jordan Comments on President Obama's Endorsement of the Defense of Marriage Act. 9 May 2012. "President Obama claimed today that while he personally supports same-sex marriage, he also believes every state should be able to make its own decision on this issue. In other words, he claims to agree with the Defense of Marriage Act even though his own Justice Department refuses to defend the law in court. His hypocrisy on this issue evidently knows no bounds. North Carolina's vote yesterday means 32 states have voted to maintain the traditional definition of marriage. I agree with them that marriage should remain what it has always been." (rsc.jordan.house.gov)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jim Jordan voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jim Jordan voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Pro-Life and Family Issues. 1 January 2011. "Additionally, I am committed to defending the sanctity of marriage and the family. Our families are the foundation of our country, and America is strongest when our nation's families are sound. I oppose all attempts to redefine marriage, and I support the right of parents to supervise what their children learn and how they are educated." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Urges Renewal of Terrorist Surveillance Bill. 25 January 2008. "'The threat posed by foreign terrorists doesn't end next week, and neither should our ability to track terrorist communications,' Jordan said. Congress passed a six-month extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in August. The extension sets forth legal requirements and court oversight for conducting surveillance against foreign terror suspects communicating with people inside the United States. Jordan said that Democrats have delayed consideration of a long-term solution ever since the temporary measure was passed. Now, some FISA authorities are set to expire in a matter of days, which could lead to a dangerous gap in intelligence gathering." (jordan.house.gov)
  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Defense. 1 January 2011. "A strong national defense is vital to the long term security and stability of our nation. We must continue to invest in cutting edge technologies that will preserve our military superiority and act as a deterrent against rogue states that would do us and our allies harm. Continuing our fight against international terrorism is also vital to long term security and stability." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Jordan Column: Congress's To-Do List for July. 27 June 2008. "After months of stalling, the House finally passed an updated version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is critical in tracking phone calls from known or suspected foreign terrorists to points inside this country. It was ill-advised for Congress to allow this important law to expire in the first place, as the threat of terrorism does not 'expire' at the whim of Congress. Its passage is a step in the right direction of providing our intelligence community with the tools it needs most to effectively protect our homeland." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. U.S. Troop Readiness, Veteran's Health, And Iraq Accountability Act. 26 April 2008. "This is bad public policy, it is bad military strategy, and it cuts the very legs out from under the soldiers who have so bravely fought the battles to keep America safe. The road to this day has been long, sometimes difficult, but largely successful. If we remain committed to leading the fight to keep the American people safe from terrorism, then we owe it to our military commanders to help them finish their job without arbitrary and capricious intervention from politicians." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Jim Jordan. The Washington Examiner: Conservatives' Budget Will Stop Borrowing From Our Children. 27 March 2012. "Our budget also looks beyond the short term to address the entitlement elephant in the federal budget. We repeal Obamacare in its entirety and introduce greater choice and competition to fight the rising cost of health care. In Medicare and Social Security, on which many Americans rely, this proposal makes absolutely no changes for people 55 and older. But to preserve these programs for the young, the RSC believes that Medicare should transition to a solvent "premium-support" system as proposed by the House Budget Committee last week. Like Ryan's, our plan provides Medicare enrollees a greater menu of choices -- including staying with the current system. By harnessing the power of competition among private insurance plans and improving the quality of care, we put Medicare on the path to long-term solvency. Additionally, we strengthen Social Security by gradually realigning eligibility with Americans' increasing longevity." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jim Jordan supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Jordan. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2011. "I am fully committed to preserving Social Security benefits for current retirees, as well as those who are approaching retirement age. Social Security is a sacred promise to Americans, and Congress can protect it if we act in a fiscally responsible way. Also, in seeking solutions to ensure benefits for future generations, I would oppose risky "quick-fix" financial moves some favor that I believe would further undermine Social Security. Instead, I want to instill greater fiscally accountability for all federal spending while examining practical means of giving younger individuals more control over how the money they contribute to Social Security is spent." (votesmart.org)

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