Betty Sutton's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Betty Sutton
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Doug Corwon
Birth Date: 07/31/1963
Birth Place: Barberton, OH
Home City: Copley, OH
Religion: Methodist
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Betty Sutton refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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

  • 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 Betty Sutton a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Betty Sutton in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Issue Position: Standing Up for Women. 25 January 2012. "As both a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and the US House of Representatives Betty has fought against efforts to undermine a woman's right to choose. Betty was honored to receive the 'Champions of Choice Leadership Award' in recognition for her commitment to the preservation of women's reproductive rights and the freedom to make personal decisions for themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "This bill, at its core, is an attack on women, especially poor women. Its extreme provisions will jeopardize a woman's access to lifesaving care. It is outrageous that this Republican majority continues to focus on protecting subsidies for Big Oil, tax cuts for billionaires, and targeting women and their access to health care. Instead of working to help create jobs and empower women to improve their lives, the Republican majority is, instead, trying to pass this bill to allow hospitals to refuse to provide critical, lifesaving care. That means women in rural areas who may only have access to one hospital could be left to die." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Betty Sutton in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Betty Sutton in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty Sutton. Rep. Sutton Issues Statement Following Afghanistan Troop Announcement. 22 June 2011. "While I agree with President Obama on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan starting this year, the number of troops withdrawn needs to be increased and the timeline accelerated. As we approach the 10 year anniversary of September 11, 2001, we can look back on the great progress made by our brave men and women in uniform, some of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. We have killed Osama Bin Laden and denied Al Qaeda a critical base of operations. Now the time has come to honor those troops by bringing them home. As we remain grateful to and honor our troops, the time has come to appropriately transfer responsibility for the development and security of Afghanistan to the Afghani people and focus on revitalizing our economy and creating much-needed jobs here at home." (sutton.house.gov)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Providing For Consideration Of Conference Report On H.R. 2346, Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009. 16 June 2009. "I rise today in support of the rule and the underlying bill. But as we prepare to send the war supplemental to President Obama, I would be remiss not to express the deep concerns I have about the bill not including an exit strategy for military operations in Afghanistan. And while I support the supplemental, I am also strongly supporting Representative McGovern's bill to require an exit strategy from Afghanistan. Fairness requires it. Our brave soldiers need to know that we have a plan and that we're looking out for them." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. A Message From Betty Sutton Regarding The Future Of U.S. Involvement In Afghanistan. 12 November 2009. "My decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan hinges upon whether or not increasing the number is vital to our core goal of national security. As I make this important decision, I am taking into account the recommendations of the Administration and our military, the concerns of my constituents and the interests of our service members. [¦] Others argue that a military solution is not the answer and that the U.S. should no longer expend our blood and resources on this war in a country where we are not wanted. I am of the belief that we should not ask our brave troops and their families to continue to sacrifice without a clear, defined mission with achievable results. To date, that mission has not been set forth." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty Sutton. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Betty Sutton voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Letter To Chairman Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee. 9 February 2011. "Similarly, maintaining a safe, secure and reliable nuclear deterrent is a national security priority. The Secretary of Defense stated in 1903, 'The United States must make must needed improvements to rebuild our aging nuclear infrastructure, both facilities and personnel' and the Administration committed $84 billion to modernize the nation's nuclear weapons complex and perform warhead life extension programs. In support of these plans, the House and Senate Armed Services Committee authorized $7 billion in FY11 for NNSA Weapons Activites, a considerable increase in spending from the FY08 level and the continuing Appropriations Act for FY11 allowed NNSA to spend at its proposed FY11 level." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Betty Sutton voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty Sutton. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "Dear Madam Speaker, we oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. MSNBC "The Rachel Maddow Show" “ Transcript. 6 December 2011. "Yes. I think that the idea of extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy is, as you put it, a nonstarter. It's time that those who have done well in America do well by America. And they just frankly haven't been paying a fair share, as has been pointed out not only by you for months on this show, years, perhaps, but also by the president so brilliantly today." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty Sutton. Sutton Fights for Economic Package to Benefit Taxpayers. 29 September 2008. "The stimulus bill would provide critical funding for infrastructure, renewable energy development and other initiatives to spur job and economic growth in our country. The plan would help American families and cost less than a tenth of the price tag for the bailout Bush is seeking for Wall Street. But astonishingly, President Bush has indicated he won't support the stimulus measure." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Rep. Sutton Votes to Save and Create Jobs, Spur Hiring and Rebuild our Crumbling Infrastructure. 4 March 2010. "Today, with support from Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH), the House passed H.R. 2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. This legislation will save and create jobs, spur hiring and help rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. The HIRE Act, which passed the House by a 217-201 margin, is fully paid for, increases the bond subsidy for cash-strapped states, and continues requirements ensuring that a portion of the highway and transit funding goes to minority-owned businesses. Passage of the bill remains subject to a full vote of the Senate, as well as a signature by President Obama." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Press Conference With Freshman House Democrats - Federal Bailout Legislation. 3 October 2008. "Today, after improvements aimed at the middle class, which were included in this bill, and based on commitments made from Senator Barack Obama and Congressional leadership that an economic stimulus package will be a top priority, I am announcing that I'm going to vote yes for this bill. [¦] And today I have commitments from Senator Barack Obama that enacting, as I said, a stimulus plan to rebuild our nation's infrastructure, spur economic growth and create jobs to directly benefit the American people and our communities, will be a top priority for him. [¦] I can tell you, though, that as we move forward, we have to continue to keep the pressure on to move for that job stimulus package, to make sure that the economic recovery strategy that we pursue - not just in this moment, but in the days ahead, are aimed squarely at restoring our middle class and strengthening our communities." (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 Betty Sutton a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Betty Sutton voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Betty Sutton voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Sutton Votes for Economic Recovery and Jobs Creation. 26 September 2008. "We need a long-term stimulus to invest in our nation's infrastructure and to help create jobs. This stimulus package will create that long-term investment that I have been calling for. This 'jobs' stimulus package will provide $12.8 billion to start rebuilding our highway infrastructure and reducing traffic congestion." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Sutton Comments on Passage of Economic Stimulus Package. 7 February 2008. "Today, Congresswoman Betty Sutton voted in support of the amended economic stimulus bill, the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act, H.R. 5140, which passed in the House by a vote of 380-34.The bill will now be sent to the President for his signature. 'I am pleased that we are able to send the President a bipartisan agreement on an economic stimulus package that will help many families in Ohio's 13th Congressional District. This tax relief for working families is vital for them to help make ends meet during these difficult times," said Sutton. 'I also strongly support the incentives to help our businesses grow and make new investments in our communities.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty Sutton. Rep. Sutton Votes to Create Jobs, Strengthen Small Businesses. 17 June 2010. "Earlier this week, Rep. Sutton voted in favor of the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act, H.R. 5486, which will offer tax incentives to help America's small businesses grow by spurring immediate investments in them. [¦] Together, these reforms will lower the capital gains taxes on small business investments, and increase tax deductions to help entrepreneurs to recover more start-up expenses. 'Ohio's small businesses will continue to be the engine of our economic recovery. Small businesses have created two-thirds of the new jobs over the last 15 years, and these measures will give small businesses the capital they need to put Ohioans back to work and drive job creation and innovation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Sutton Supports Economic Rescue Plan After Securing Assurances for Jobs Stimulus Plan. 3 October 2008. "Representative Sutton announced that she will vote for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. Today's package includes stronger provisions for middle-class families and communities, including critical tax relief for families and tax credits to help small businesses and to spur innovation and growth in the renewable energy sector. [¦] 'Though I think it is necessary to pass this bill to free up credit to help our small businesses and ordinary Americans, it is only the first step to an economic revitalization that must work for the American people.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Sutton Statement on House Passage of Modified Energy Bill. 18 December 2007. "Twice this year, I voted for a 15 percent renewable electricity standard (RES), key efficiency and consumer tax provisions and the repeal of unnecessary subsidies for oil companies. It is disheartening that opposition by Senate Republicans and a veto threat by the President forced these very important provisions to be dropped. However, I believe we should not abandon these goals and I am urging Congressional leadership to continue to pursue an increase in RES and to pass renewable energy and efficiency tax incentives to help achieve our energy independence. I am proud that the House has demonstrated it's commitment to changing course on energy policy with this bill that contains groundbreaking measures such as an increase in the efficiency of our vehicles and the investment in 'green jobs' in Ohio and across this nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. "There is a vast potential for American manufacturing to revitalize our economy through renewable energy tax credits. For example, there are 204 tons of steel in a single wind turbine, and tax incentives for wind energy can immediately start up our idling American steel factories. Recently, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it was announced that certain renewable energy tax credits allowed American companies to use tax credits to import manufactured goods. [¦] As you continue to draft renewable energy tax legislation, we urge you to take all efforts to ensure that the tax credits create American jobs and put American manufacturing back to work." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty Sutton. Jobs. 2 November 2011. "Absolutely. Ohio is in need, and I think it's important that we look at not just the cost that we're experiencing today from the failure to put people to work doing this work that needs to be done in our schools, building our Nation's infrastructure, which needs serious attention, according to all of the estimates and all of the surveys out there. The fact of the matter is, it's important to look at the long-term effects, too. Because those schools, if we fail to invest in education, whether it's in the physical facilities or education in general--which is another place that some of our colleagues across the aisle want to cut back." (votesmart.org)

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  • Betty Sutton. Congresswoman Sutton Votes for Energy Independence. 17 September 2008. "The Comprehensive Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act will open the Outer Continental Shelf, which has been under a Congressional moratorium since 1982, the very year John McCain was first elected to Congress. However, this is only one of the many provisions in this comprehensive energy bill. [¦] This comprehensive legislation expands drilling in Alaska, but bans the export of this oil so it will be available for the American people. And our bill will temporarily release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which will increase the supply of oil to immediately lower prices at the pump." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 6515, Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act of 2008. 17 July 2008. "The truth is that the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, also known as the NPR, is home to 20 million acres that could produce 10.6 billion barrels of oil. This area, Mr. Speaker, has been set aside for oil and gas exploration since the 1920s, but not a single oil company is producing there. Mr. Speaker, the cry by those on the other side of the aisle and Big Oil, that the problem is that the oil companies don't have access to drill, is false. And it is an effort to deflect the American people from holding the two oilmen in the White House accountable, as well as their friends, for an energy policy that has given Big Oil record profits, and the American people $4 a gallon gas. Mr. Speaker, the American people deserve to know why we need to open up ANWR when we have this huge, untapped resource right next to the existing oil infrastructure in Alaska known as the NPR." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 6604, Commodity Markets Transparency and Accountability Act of 2008. 18 September 2008. "Earlier this week, we took steps to pass a comprehensive energy bill that's going to lower prices for consumers, protect taxpayers, expand responsible offshore domestic drilling, expand renewable sources of energy, increase our security by freeing America from the grip of foreign oil, and require Big Oil to pay what it owes to America's taxpayers. And we're going to create good-paying jobs as we move forward on this forward-thinking energy policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Sutton Calls on Oil Companies to Stop Playing Games with the American People. 19 June 2008. "Time and time again, President Bush and John McCain have sided with their friends in the oil industry, NOT with the American people. And now they are joining with big oil to try to peddle the idea that they are looking out for consumers when calling for greater access to drill. But the American people know better. The oil companies have plenty of opportunity to drill if they so desire. They could drill on the 68 million acres they already have leased and could produce nearly 4.8 million barrels of oil each day, doubling US production. But they aren't drilling on these 68 million acres. Instead they refuse, while simultaneously complaining that they want to drill, and all the while, they continue to reap record profits as gas prices go through the roof." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Betty Sutton voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Betty Sutton voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty Sutton. Representative Sutton's Fleet Modernization Amendment Overwhelmingly Supported and Added to House Climate Change Bill. 19 May 2009. "Just this morning, President Obama announced a national fuel efficiency policy that charts a new course aimed at increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas pollution for all new cars and trucks sold in the United States. I strongly support this new policy and will continue to work with my colleagues in the House and the Administration to foster a nationwide clean energy economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Consumer Assistance To Recycle And Save Act. 9 June 2009. "I rise today on behalf of the environment, as we turn the corner to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve fuel economy, and to help reduce our reliance on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Betty Sutton voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Betty Sutton in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Betty Sutton in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Sutton: "Energy Bill Vital for the Future of our Families in Ohio and Across the Nation". 6 December 2007. "This energy bill includes a long-overdue increase in CAFE standards and improves vehicle efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, the first increase of this kind since 1975. This significant increase in vehicle emission standards will save American families between $700 and $1,000 per year at the pump, and reduce oil consumption by 1.1 million gallons per day by 2020, which is one-half of what we currently import from the Persian Gulf. This bill will provide our domestic auto manufacturers with the tools and incentives they need to produce the vehicles of tomorrow here in the United States, keeping jobs at home, and allowing us to all move forward together." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 5019, Home Star Energy Retrofit Act Of 2010. 6 May 201. "Home Star will also help millions of families lower energy bills. Improving energy efficiency is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways for homeowners to reduce energy waste. And Home Star will improve our environment, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and enhance our national security. Energy efficiency improvements will create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions." (votesmart.org)

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  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Betty Sutton a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Betty Sutton in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Betty Sutton in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Sutton Urges Department of Interior to Maintain Reasonable Firearms Regulations for National Parks. 30 April 2008. "Today the Department of Interior issued a proposed rule to overturn the current regulation governing firearms in national parks. If adopted, the rule would permit visitors who hold concealed handgun licenses to possess loaded and concealed firearms in national parks. The current regulation permits firearms to be possessed or transported in national parks if they are unloaded and stored. [¦] 'There is no good reason to overturn a regulation that has served the American people and our valued natural resources so well. Retaining the current regulation will ensure the safety of the public.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Issue Position: Opportunity for Ohio's Children. 25 January 2012. "In 1995, she voted for a bill which required school districts to expel for one year any student who brought a gun to school. (Senate Bill 38, 120th Ohio General Assembly; House Bill 64, 121st Ohio General Assembly). During her second term in the House, Sutton co-sponsored legislation to ensure that abused and neglected children receive proper care from public service agencies. She also co-sponsored House Bill 256, which made it a felony to sell a child, and helped to push through a bill which prohibited dangerous weapons from being given to minors as prizes. (House Bills 200, 256, 274, and 506, 121st Ohio General Assembly)." (votesmart.org)

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  • Betty Sutton. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Important First Step: Health Reform Legislation Introduced In House. 20 July 2009. "We have known about the need for health care reform for decades. We must fulfill the commitments we made to deliver what the American people decisively voted for last November - access to affordable, quality health insurance. It is time to convert our talk into action." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Rep. Sutton Praises Free Preventive Care Benefits from Health Care Reform. 14 July 2010. "Today, Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) applauded the new regulations issued by the Obama Administration to help make prevention affordable by requiring new health plans to cover recommended preventive services at no cost to the patient. The regulations, based on provisions in the Affordable Care Act, will keep Americans healthier and help save money over the long term by increasing access to preventive care. 'We know that many Ohioans don't get the preventive care they need because of the cost and their health suffers because of it. Seven in ten deaths in America result from chronic and often preventable diseases - this is unacceptable. Under the Affordable Care Act, free preventive care now will keep many Ohioans healthier and save money in the long run.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Sutton Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform Law. 28 June 2012. "The Supreme Court has spoken, and we need to move forward. It is past time for members from both parties to move on to the major economic problems facing our country -- creating jobs and helping small businesses grow. While there is still more work to do to lower health care costs for all Americans, Congress needs to get its priorities straight; we will never get ahead unless the focus is on creating jobs and getting our economy back on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Betty Sutton voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. New Patient's Bill of Rights Puts Northeast Ohio Families and Small Businesses First. 22 June 2010. "Today, Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) hailed the new Affordable Care Act Patient's Bill of Rights as a landmark expansion of consumer protections that put Northeast Ohio's families and small businesses first when it comes to their health coverage and care. 'Health reform is about standing up for families and small businesses and putting Ohioans - not insurance companies or bureaucrats - in charge of their health care. With today's announcement of a new Patient's Bill of Rights, we are going even further to protect Americans from the abuses of the health care industry.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Health Care. 27 October 2009. "Mr. Speaker, what we're seeing here is, we are on the brink of passing health care reform in this country. Why are we doing that? We're doing this for my constituents and constituents across the country. We're doing it for the grandparents who I saw on Sunday, whose 12-year-old granddaughter, a life full of promise, is awaiting a transplant, but she might not be able to get that transplant. They have optimistic signs that she would be fine, but she might not get that because her health insurance is about to reach its cap." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, the American people have been waiting for this day, a day that we will finally pass a health care bill that will work for and with them, that will provide them with access to more affordable quality care, care that they can count on. Mr. Speaker, they have been waiting for us to put an end to the egregious discriminatory practices of insurance companies who deny coverage based on preexisting conditions and place caps on coverage to prevent people from accessing the care they need just when they need it the most. [¦] Yes, Mr. Speaker, the American people have been waiting, and today we act for a health care system that will work for and with them." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Rep. Sutton Votes For Historic Health Care And Education Affordability Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 21 March 2010. "Tonight, with support from Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH), the House passed H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010. [¦] 'I support this legislation because it will put a stop to the discriminatory practices by insurance companies that deny care based on pre-existing conditions and impose outrageous premium increases on American families. I support this legislation because it will cap out-of- pocket expenses that insurance companies impose on our constituents forcing many into bankruptcy when they or their children are stricken by illness or injury. I support this legislation because it is a vote to stop insurance companies from inflicting lifetime caps on people who have paid for insurance, only to find that it was not there for them when they needed it most. I support this legislation, because it will strengthen the solvency of Medicare, lower drug costs and close the donut hole for our seniors, and has the support of the AARP.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Betty Sutton. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Betty Sutton voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Betty Sutton. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Betty Sutton voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Betty Sutton voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Congresswoman Sutton Stands with Obama on Marriage Equality. 10 May 2012. "Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) released the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage: 'Future generations will look back on the actions taken today to end discrimination in all of its forms as a watershed moment. Every American deserves a chance at the American Dream, with no exception. The President's actions today represent progress in fulfilling our nation's commitment to equality for all Americans.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Betty Sutton. United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act. 7 November 2007. "Mr. Speaker, we could develop a new model that addresses these issues and puts American workers and businesses in a position to compete on a level playing field and truly raises the standard of living for those in other nations, but, unfortunately, the Peru FTA fails to do this. It locks in problems with food safety, procurement, Social Security privatization, among others. And most importantly, we know very clearly it will not be enforced." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Betty Sutton supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Betty Sutton. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "Dear President Obama: 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Issue Position: Standing Up for Seniors. 30 January 2012. "Social Security and Medicare are covenants between the government and Americas seniors who have dedicated their lives to building our communities and our nation. It is a commitment we are obligated to honor. While we must address the long-term financing of Social Security and Medicare, privatization is not the answer. Betty is committed to a bipartisan, responsible approach to ensure the long-term stability of Social Security and Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable. We are united as Democrats in saying that it's time to stand up to the Republican hostage-taking. We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty Sutton Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "As recovery efforts subside and unacceptably high unemployment continues to devastate our communities, we are pleased that the debt ceiling negotiations seem to be considering jobs as well as how to responsibly reduce spending. However, we remain gravely concerned that yet another, unacceptable cut to Social Security's revenue stream appears to be on the table. Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)

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