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Don Payne, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 10, Democratic
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Don Payne, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Don Payne, Jr. 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.

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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Donald Payne Jr. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2012. "Tea Party extremists want you to believe that the whole system is inches from collapse. In reality, the system will be safe for decades if Congress insists that the wealthy to pay their fair share. I support raising or removing the "celing," above which the wealthy do not have to pay into Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2012. "Tea Party extremists want you to believe that the whole system is inches from collapse. In reality, the system will be safe for decades if Congress insists that the wealthy to pay their fair share. I support raising or removing the "celing," above which the wealthy do not have to pay into Social Security." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Donald Payne Jr. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Stimulus spending: President Obama's stimulus bill kept us out of a depression, but we're still in a jobs crisis. I'll fight for more stimulus spending until people are back to work and family economies are more stable." (votesmart.org)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Fox News Your World Transcript. 23 January 2009. "MR. CAVUTO: Now, fair and balanced, Democratic Congressman Donald Payne of New Jersey. He thinks the plan will create a lot of jobs. Congressman, if you can hear us, the concern is here there are no guarantees it will. It's a lot of money to spend without at least that minimum guarantee. REP. PAYNE: Well, I think that that's an illusion in the mind of that congressman. There's no question about the fact that there will be jobs. Ninety percent of the jobs created will be in the private sector. It's intended to save or create 3 (million) to 4 million jobs. If my colleague would actually read the material that has come forward, he would see what the plans are there. MR. CAVUTO: Well, he's not the only one, though, right? I mean, this is the deputy chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation. This guy has no ax to grind. He has no agenda. He's just saying, look, I can't guarantee that. And he's the one crunching the numbers. REP. PAYNE: Well, the failure of the past administration, I think many are now saying that economic stimulus did not work. That's like an automobile that has a reckless driver and does not take all safety precautions and wrecks the car. We have a whole new team. We have a new driver. We have someone who has thought things out clearly. And I voted against the first bailout because it was a lot of pie in the sky, giving money to Wall Street, the people who had created the problem in the first place." (votesmart.org)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Stimulus spending: President Obama's stimulus bill kept us out of a depression, but we're still in a jobs crisis. I'll fight for more stimulus spending until people are back to work and family economies are more stable." (votesmart.org)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Fox News Your World Transcript. 23 January 2009. "MR. CAVUTO: Now, fair and balanced, Democratic Congressman Donald Payne of New Jersey. He thinks the plan will create a lot of jobs. Congressman, if you can hear us, the concern is here there are no guarantees it will. It's a lot of money to spend without at least that minimum guarantee. REP. PAYNE: Well, I think that that's an illusion in the mind of that congressman. There's no question about the fact that there will be jobs. Ninety percent of the jobs created will be in the private sector. It's intended to save or create 3 (million) to 4 million jobs. If my colleague would actually read the material that has come forward, he would see what the plans are there. MR. CAVUTO: Well, he's not the only one, though, right? I mean, this is the deputy chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation. This guy has no ax to grind. He has no agenda. He's just saying, look, I can't guarantee that. And he's the one crunching the numbers. REP. PAYNE: Well, the failure of the past administration, I think many are now saying that economic stimulus did not work. That's like an automobile that has a reckless driver and does not take all safety precautions and wrecks the car. We have a whole new team. We have a new driver. We have someone who has thought things out clearly. And I voted against the first bailout because it was a lot of pie in the sky, giving money to Wall Street, the people who had created the problem in the first place." (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

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  • Donald Payne Jr. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I believe we need to make sure public schools get the funding they need and return the federal government's critical role in making college both accessible and affordable. I'll fight for for families, public schools, and our college students. Early Childhood Education: More and more studies are showing the importance of early childhood education. I have partnered with and supported countless pre-schools. If I'm elected I will work to expand federal support of early childhood education. Ending No Child Left Behind and Fighting for School Funding: George W. Bush created No Child Left Behind as a program that punished public schools when they didn't meet unrealistic expectations. Its obsession with testing has had a negative impact on curricula in terrorized schools that are forced to teach to the test. While some kinds of assessment are necessary, we need more holistic approaches. I'll fight to get federal funds to public schools, and to end No Child Left Behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I believe we need to make sure public schools get the funding they need and return the federal government's critical role in making college both accessible and affordable. I'll fight for for families, public schools, and our college students. Early Childhood Education: More and more studies are showing the importance of early childhood education. I have partnered with and supported countless pre-schools. If I'm elected I will work to expand federal support of early childhood education. Ending No Child Left Behind and Fighting for School Funding: George W. Bush created No Child Left Behind as a program that punished public schools when they didn't meet unrealistic expectations. Its obsession with testing has had a negative impact on curricula in terrorized schools that are forced to teach to the test. While some kinds of assessment are necessary, we need more holistic approaches. I'll fight to get federal funds to public schools, and to end No Child Left Behind." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Donald Payne Jr. HEALTH CARE AND WOMEN'S HEALTH ARE UNDER ATTACK. I'LL STAND STRONG FOR THEM. 1 January 2012. "Tea Party Republicans are out of control. Beholden to special interests, they are have targeted President Obama's modest Affordable Care Act, and now they've declared war on women, especially Planned Parenthood. I strongly support the president's first step towards common sense heath care reform. I'm a strong supporter of uhiversal heath care, and I will always fight for women's rights to choose safe, legal abortions and emergency contraception. Defending President Obama's Affordable Care Act: I support all parts of ACA, and I'll fight for them and for a public option. Supporting universal health care: I have seen too many people struggle with America's private health care and health insurance systems. It's time we caught up with the rest of the industrialized world and value our citizens enough to guarantee them basic medical care. I prefer single-payer. Standing strong against the Republicans' War on Women and Planned Parenthood: I am a proud husband and father of my daughter Yvonne (one of triplets). The War on Women is dangerous and insulting. I will never compromise on a woman's right to choose or on supporting emergency contraception. I will fight for Planned Parenthood and other women's health centers." (votesmart.org)
  • Donald Payne Jr. HEALTH CARE AND WOMEN'S HEALTH ARE UNDER ATTACK. I'LL STAND STRONG FOR THEM. 1 January 2012. "Tea Party Republicans are out of control. Beholden to special interests, they are have targeted President Obama's modest Affordable Care Act, and now they've declared war on women, especially Planned Parenthood. I strongly support the president's first step towards common sense heath care reform. I'm a strong supporter of uhiversal heath care, and I will always fight for women's rights to choose safe, legal abortions and emergency contraception. Defending President Obama's Affordable Care Act: I support all parts of ACA, and I'll fight for them and for a public option. Supporting universal health care: I have seen too many people struggle with America's private health care and health insurance systems. It's time we caught up with the rest of the industrialized world and value our citizens enough to guarantee them basic medical care. I prefer single-payer. Standing strong against the Republicans' War on Women and Planned Parenthood: I am a proud husband and father of my daughter Yvonne (one of triplets). The War on Women is dangerous and insulting. I will never compromise on a woman's right to choose or on supporting emergency contraception. I will fight for Planned Parenthood and other women's health centers." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Donald Payne Jr. NJ Today: Donald Payne Jr. Hopes to Take His Late Father's Congressional Seat. 10 May 2012. "I've been a supporter of gay rights in my municipal capacity [¦] but we're looking at [the issue]." (www.njtvonline.org)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Video: Where 10th District Candidates Stand On Same-Sex Marriage. 16 May 2012. "I'm proud to say that I stand here and say I support marriage equality." (www.youtube.com)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Video: Donald Payne Jr. Hopes To Take His Late Father's Congressional Seat. 10 May 2012. "Q: At this point you're not prepared to say that you would support same-sex marriage? Payne: Not at this point in time, but we are looking at it. But as I've said, I've been a supporter of equal rights for all people, and I don't see where that would be much of a problem moving forward." (youtu.be)
  • David Giambusso. The Star-Ledger: 10th District congressional candidates debate military spending, same-sex marriage, war on drugs. 24 May 2012. "Most candidates agreed that same-sex marriage rights should be protected on a federal level. "'Marriage equality is something that is important in this country,' Payne Jr. said. 'It is a discrimination question for me.'" (www.nj.com)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Video: Donald Payne Jr. Hopes To Take His Late Father's Congressional Seat. 10 May 2012. "Q: At this point you're not prepared to say that you would support same-sex marriage? Payne: Not at this point in time, but we are looking at it. But as I've said, I've been a supporter of equal rights for all people, and I don't see where that would be much of a problem moving forward." (youtu.be)
  • David Giambusso. The Star-Ledger: 10th District congressional candidates debate military spending, same-sex marriage, war on drugs. 24 May 2012. "Most candidates agreed that same-sex marriage rights should be protected on a federal level. "'Marriage equality is something that is important in this country,' Payne Jr. said. 'It is a discrimination question for me.'" (www.nj.com)
  • Donald Payne Jr. NJ Today: Donald Payne Jr. Hopes to Take His Late Father's Congressional Seat. 10 May 2012. "I've been a supporter of gay rights in my municipal capacity [¦] but we're looking at [the issue]." (www.njtvonline.org)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Video: Where 10th District Candidates Stand On Same-Sex Marriage. 16 May 2012. "I'm proud to say that I stand here and say I support marriage equality." (www.youtube.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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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  • Donald Payne Jr. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2012. "I WILL NEVER COMPROMISE ONE DIME ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. Extremist Republicans in Congress also have declared war on Seniors, using the Jobs Crisis and the down economy, both of which President Obama inherited for George W. Bush, as a ruse to pursue their long-planned goals to end both Social Secuity and Medicare and replace them with privatized coupons [¦] Strengthening Social Security: Tea Party extremists want you to believe that the whole system is inches from collapse. In reality, the system will be safe for decades if Congress insists that the wealthy to pay their fair share. I support raising or removing the "celing," above which the wealthy do not have to pay into Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Donald Payne Jr. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2012. "I WILL NEVER COMPROMISE ONE DIME ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. Extremist Republicans in Congress also have declared war on Seniors, using the Jobs Crisis and the down economy, both of which President Obama inherited for George W. Bush, as a ruse to pursue their long-planned goals to end both Social Secuity and Medicare and replace them with privatized coupons [¦] Strengthening Social Security: Tea Party extremists want you to believe that the whole system is inches from collapse. In reality, the system will be safe for decades if Congress insists that the wealthy to pay their fair share. I support raising or removing the "celing," above which the wealthy do not have to pay into Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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