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Gary C. Peters

Gary Peters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Gary C. Peters
Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 14, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Colleen; 3 Children: Gary Jr., Madeleine, Alana
Birth Date: 12/01/1958
Birth Place: Pontiac, MI
Home City: Bloomfield Township, MI
Religion: Episcopalian
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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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Peters. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Gary Peters voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Gary Peters in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Gary Peters voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Gary Peters Statement on Oakland County Judge Upholding Planned Parenthood's Right to Build Facility in Auburn Hills. 11 January 2012. "As a longtime supporter of women's health, I am very pleased with Circuit Judge James Alexander's decision which allows Planned Parenthood to move forward with building a facility in Auburn Hills. In 2010, Planned Parenthood found that 5,400 Oakland County women a year go to Planned Parenthood facilities in other counties because there isn't one in Oakland County. This facility will provide necessary care for thousands of women who need and deserve a local health care provider focused on women's health. Family planning services for low-income women have been proven to be effective in preventing millions of unplanned pregnancies and abortions over the past 40 years, and this issue should be common ground for all Americans who want to see the need for abortion reduced." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Proud Democratic Fighter for Michigan. 03 October 2012. "Gary Peters will always stand with organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide low income women with necessary health care, preventative screenings and access to contraception. Peters has always voted to protect a woman's right to choose and he's earned a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America." (www.petersforcongress.com)
  • Gary Peters, Abortion Coverage. 4 May 2011. "The people in Michigan are clear: Our number one priority is jobs. And yet the Republican majority here in Washington is once again ignoring the economy and pushing a bill that raises taxes and attacks women's health care choices. Current law already prohibits Federal funds from covering abortion services, and it has for 30 years. Now Republicans want to stop private insurers from offering coverage, and they want to ban women from purchasing a comprehensive health care plan with their own money." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Gary Peters in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Gary Peters voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Peters. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. 8 July 2011. "I was disappointed by the President's announcement last month that we would be withdrawing only 10,000 troops this year and 23,000 by next summer, and that is why I supported an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that would have accelerated that withdrawal. The amendment I supported, offered by my colleague, Representative Garamendi, would have reduced funding for combat operations while allowing for a reserve force of 25,000 troops to protect American personnel, carry out anti-terrorism operations, and assist with the training of Afghanistan's security forces." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Foreign Affairs and Veterans. 03 October 2012. "President Obama took bold and decisive action to kill Osama bin Laden and thanks to America's Navy SEALS, he no longer poses a threat to America. After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, I believe that we must make it a priority to move up the timeline to end our combat mission by the end of 2013, a year earlier than previously announced. The brave men and women of America's armed forces have done everything we've asked of them, now it's time to bring them home." (peters.house.gov)
  • Gary Peters. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Gary Peters voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. As Afghanistan War reaches its 10th Anniversary on Friday, Rep. Gary Peters Again Calls for Our Troops to Come Home. 6 October 2011. "For 10 long years, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and National Guard as well as their families have made tremendous sacrifices for America, but it is time for our troops to come home," said Rep. Gary Peters. "President Obama's bold decision to send the SEALS to kill Osama bin Laden has given America a long awaited victory in the war on terror, but we cannot afford more lives lost or more money spent on this conflict. Today I am again calling for the President to develop a plan in consultation with military leaders that will allow for combat troops to be safely withdrawn within one year. On this anniversary, I hope everyone will join me in thanking our service members and their families for all that they have given during the last decade." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Issue Position: Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Fighting Terrorism. 26 January 2012. "Peters supports plans to accelerate the expansion of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police so that Afghan forces can secure Afghanistan rather than our own American troops. We must have a strategy that responsibly ends America's involvement in Afghanistan, but that does not allow the nation to become a safe haven for terrorism as it was before September 11th." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Peters. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Gary Peters voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Gary Peters voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jonathan Oosting. Mlive.com. With deficit debate ongoing, Democrats visit Warren supplier, praise F-35 fighter jet program. 18 August 2011. "I think we all agree we need to deal with the deficit," said Peters. "There are sigificant issues we face as a country. But as we are making those decisions, we've also got to realize that nothing is more important to America and the American people than to make sure that we have the security to stand up and defend our borders." (www.mlive.com)
  • Jonathan Weisman. The Wall Street Journal: Voters Back Tough Steps to Reduce Budget Deficit. 16 August 2010. "Folks want to cut the deficit, but they say, 'Don't touch my Social Security. Don't touch my Medicare. Don't cut defense spending, and don't raise my taxes,"' said Rep. Gary C. Peters (D, Mich.), another member of the House budget-cutting task force. "This is going to take courage." (online.wsj.com)
  • Gary Peters. Letter to Leon E. Panetta, Secretary of Defense. 27 March 2012. "As the Department ensures our nation's security, while adjusting to budgetary realities, it is imperative that we value and appreciate the remarkable work done by our civilian personnel." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 16 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Budget and Tax Cuts. 3 October 2012. "I have cosponsored and strongly support legislation to implement the "Buffett Rule," which would ensure that those Americans fortunate enough to make over $1 million a year pay at least a 30% tax rate. Millionaires and billionaires shouldn't be able to game our tax system and pay lower rates than working families - we need to level the playing field for all Americans." (peters.house.gov)
  • Gary Peters. U.S. Rep Peters Marks Tax Day with a Call for Tax Fairness. 17 April 2012. "Today millions of hardworking Michiganders are doing their part by paying their taxes, and now it's time for Congress to do its part," said U.S. Rep. Gary Peters. "There is no reason why someone making $1 million or more per year should pay a lower tax rate than a teacher or an auto worker, and that's why President Obama proposed the Buffett Rule. It's disappointing that Senate Republicans put billionaires first by blocking debate on the Buffett Rule, but I'm committed to working with President Obama to finally achieve tax fairness that puts working Americans first." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Gary Peters a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Gary Peters voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Peters. Issue Position: Economy and Job Creation. 1 January 2011. "That means we must: cut taxes for small businesses and middle class families, get loans to small businesses flowing again, invest in new hi-tech industries, preserve and modernize our auto industry and create fair trade policies that allow Michigan workers and businesses to compete and succeed in the global economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Compromise Tax-cut Deal Necessary To Protect Middle Class, Unemployed. 7 October 2010. "The tax-cut deal announced yesterday by the President is consistent with what I have said a final tax package should do, which is protect middle class families from a tax increase, extend unemployment benefits to those who are out of work, and provide incentives for businesses to create jobs. It also is a hopeful sign that it will be possible for Democrats and Republicans to work together to find bipartisan solutions." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Peters Introduces Bipartisan Business Tax Relief Legislation. 15 March 2010. "This is an incredibly efficient and common sense way to spur job creation," said Congressman Gary Peters. "Companies are sitting on these tax credits but under current law cannot use them until future years. This bill will allow them to use the tax credits they've accrued to create jobs now when we need them most." (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

  • Gary Peters. Making Education a Priority. 03 October 2012. "To help our students succeed, we need to make sure our schools have the resources they need. I voted for the Recovery Act because it made critical investments in school assistance programs such as IDEA, Title 1 and Head Start. There's still a lot of work to do, but we have an obligation to give our next generation the brightest future possible." (peters.house.gov)
  • Gary Peters. Issue Position: Education. 27 January 2012. "In Congress, I believe we must make a national commitment to preK-12 education. We must fully fund early childhood education programs, equip our classrooms with cutting edge technology, strengthen science and technology curriculums, demand higher standards, reduce class size and make sure that we have the best trained, most qualified teachers in the world. And, we must also never neglect the unique needs of children in our special education programs. Too often, the makers of education policy in Washington are out of touch with the changing job market, the needs of our children and the increasing demands placed on our teachers. As an experienced educator and policy maker, I look forward to shaking up the status quo in Congress." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Peters. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Gary Peters voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Gary Peters voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Gary Peters voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Gary Peters voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Gary Peters in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Gary Peters in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Gary Peters voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Gary Peters in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Peters. Congressman Peters Will Vote For Health Care Reform. 19 March 2010. "Following the release of final health care legislation yesterday afternoon, Congressman Peters released the following statement today regarding his decision to vote in favor of the health care reform bill scheduled for a House vote on Sunday: "What's been most important to me and the thousands of Oakland County residents I've spoken to is that health care reform lowers costs for small businesses, seniors and middle class families, protects working people from losing their coverage and reduces the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Gary Peters voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Congressman Peters Will Vote For Health Care Reform. 19 March 2010. "The vast majority of Americans believe that health care reform is needed. I agree, and after thoroughly reviewing the details of the proposal, I believe it will be far better than the status quo that allows skyrocketing costs to cripple families and small businesses and causes even people with serious illness to lose their care." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Health Care. 04 October 2012. "When it mattered most and the stakes were at their highest, Gary Peters stood with President Obama to pass the Affordable Care Act despite immense Tea Party pressure and warnings from political consultants that it would cost him his seat. Now, two years later, Gary Peters continues to stand by his vote because it was the right thing to do for Michigan families and the numbers speak for themselves." (www.petersforcongress.com)
No 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

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Gary Peters voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. U.S. Rep. Peters Applauds New Citizenship and Immigration Services Proposal to Keep Families Together by Cutting Red Tape. 11 January 2012. "We need to ensure that our immigration enforcement policies do everything possible to prevent breaking up families and leaving them with uncertainly during tough times, so I am pleased to see that the Obama Administration is taking steps to cut through the red tape and address this issue," said Rep. Gary Peters. "By implementing this limited, common sense processing change, we can help families that want to play by the rules stay together. While we still need to pass comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, the administration's proposed Family Unity Waiver rule is a step in the right direction that could help thousands of American families, many of them in the Greater Detroit Area." (votesmart.org)
  • Cecil Angel. Detroit Free Press. Mom can stay in U.S. while deportation case is reviewed. 10 January 2012. "I'm very concerned about immigration enforcement policies that break up families, so my office worked to secure a review of her case and her deportation has been canceled while the case is under review," Peters said." (www.freep.com)
  • Gary Peters. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We write to you today with two requests that will further the enforcement of this important mandate [¦] We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group [¦] Additionally, we ask that the working group include a member experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood in the working group's case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings as well as its review of new cases placed in removal proceedings. The vulnerability of LGBT immigrants -- the historical stigmatization of whom both within and outside the U.S. is well-documented -- makes knowledgeable review a necessity. The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Gary Peters supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Gary Peters voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "Ensuring "consistency" in federal treatment of marital status cannot justify treating this class of married citizens as unmarried for all federal purposes. There have been non-trivial differences in state marriage laws throughout our Nation's history, and the federal government has proven capable of handling those differences. It is not credible to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married lesbian and gay couples. Married same-sex and different-sex couples are similarly situated with regard to federal marriage-based benefits, and the Constitution requires Congress to treat them with equal regard." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Denying recognition to couples already married under state law does not further an interest in 'procreation and responsible child-rearing.' DOMA does not prevent same-sex couples from marrying and an estimated 132,000 couples have now done so, with many of these couples raising children together. There is no logical connection between the denial of federal recognition to these same-sex couples, who already are married, and the marital or parenting behavior of different-sex couples. It is irrational to claim that Congress needs to or should harm these families in order to benefit others, particularly as those families receive federal recognition regardless of DOMA [¦] Congress has no legitimate federal interest that is rationally served by treating married gay and lesbian couples as unmarried for all federal purposes. Section 3 is unconstitutional and should be struck down." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Peters. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. 8 July 2011. "While our troops remain in harm's way, we have an obligation to ensure that they have the equipment, training, and support they need. However, I plan to continue to press for a plan that will quickly and responsibly bring more of our troops home from Afghanistan so that we can focus our resources on protecting our Nation and targeting the terrorists who threaten our security." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Peters. Peters Calls for Protection of Social Security. 15 July 2008. "Social Security is a sacred trust that we must work together to protect for future generations," said Gary Peters, a former financial manager and fifth-generation Oakland County resident. "The recent uncertainty in the stock market is further evidence of why President Bush and Congressman Knollenberg's plan to privatize Social Security would be a disaster. Social Security is even more important when times are tough, and in Congress, I will fight to ensure that the benefits remain available for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Peters. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 1 January 2011. "In addition to pension and Wall Street reform, we also must strengthen the integrity of Social Security. This is why I oppose the GOP plan to privatize Social Security. I strongly support securing social security's long-term stability and solvency. The Republican plan to create private accounts in Social Security would have been disastrous, causing many seniors to see drastic losses as a result of the recent financial crisis." (votesmart.org)

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