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Joseph Cao's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Joseph Cao refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Anh Cao supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Anh Cao supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Anh Cao voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show. 14 August 2009. "But the questions I have is: how will this reform affect the economy, how will this reform affect the ability of the elderly to continue receiving benefits, how will this reform affect small businesses and, more importantly, how will this, will this reform have strong language against federal funding for abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. March For Life. 21 January 2010. "Abortion is an inhumane perversion in our society. As I have stated previously, it is a distorted emphasis on rights, to the disregard of individual responsibilities. When President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress last September, he said, ``under our plan, no Federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and Federal conscience laws will remain in place.'' (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. Cao Accepts Offer to Meet with Obama; Announces Public Health Care Town Halls. 12 August 2009. "Cao has publicly expressed reservations with the current proposal in the House of Representatives especially if it does not include strong language prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortion and if it cuts and redirects Medicare funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. Cao Votes Against Expanding Taxpayer Funded Abortions. 21 March 2010. "Tonight, Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao (LA-2) voted "no" on the Senate health care reform bill, warning the legislation could lead to the greatest expansion of federal funding of abortion in U.S. history. Cao opposed the Senate's health care reform bill, casting a "no" vote for the Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments to H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Cao, the sole Republican to vote in favor of the House health care reform bill (H.R. 3962), said tonight he could not in good conscience vote for the Senate version because the measure and a related presidential Executive Order announced earlier today are together and individually "insufficient to protect against expanded federal funding of abortion." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Anh Cao supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 47 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anh Cao. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Anh Cao voted NO on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. CNN "Newsroom" - Transcript. 8 November 2009. "But I believe that was also a right vote, to reject the stimulus, because my people would have been forced to pay more out of their pockets to fund the stimulus than receive in." (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. "Infrastructure "Our city should be rebuilt to realize its full potential as a hub of innovation, creativity, and economic growth." -- Congressman Joseph Cao * Improve roads and public bus / streetcar lines, while supporting the development of high-speed rail * Reduce blight and provide resources for redevelopment by local industry and small businesses * Upgrade the facilities at our port and rail stations, allowing New Orleans to tap into the national boom in shipping Incentives and Investments "Beyond merely promoting tourism in our region, we must fully recreate the economic environment of our district." -- Congressman Joseph Cao * Work to lower taxes, increase wages, and attract corporate investments * Integrate cooperative educational programs and opportunities into business environment * Utilize federal system to assist small businesses, highlight local products, and promote tourism nationally" (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. The Daily Beast: A Prized Republican On The Ropes. 16 September 2009. "Nonetheless, there's an undeniable tension between Cao's Republican loyalties and his district's Democratic leanings--which makes him an unpredictable vote. He backed an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, voted for new hate-crime legislation, and says he would have supported the Troubled Asset Relief Program had he been in office when it came to a vote. But he opposed Obama's signature legislation, the stimulus package, a vote that could come back to haunt him in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ahn Cao. Education. 8 September 2010. "'It is imperative that we change our tone and approach to education. We must provide accessible quality education to every child in the district, and make attending higher education the standard instead of the exception....We must build upon our recent successes in education reform, while working to better provide resources to our most underserved and at-risk children'....-Encourage and expand upon the successes of existing charter school initiatives -Support the establishment of community-based academic mentoring programs, targeting at-risk and high-need kids -Provide for competition among schools; rewarding meritorious instructors and allowing increased freedom to choose schools" (www.caoforcongress.com)
  • Ahn Cao. Issues: Education. 8 September 2010. "It is important that we utilize all available options, including charter schools and other alternative methods. The successes experienced by current reform efforts should be supported and expanded upon. I will continue working to ensure that our school system is fully funded and provided with all necessary resources. While there is no doubt that a rebuilt and revitalized school system can serve as the cornerstone of our district, but we must first change the tone of education within our community." (www.caoforcongress.com)
  • Ahn Cao. Cao Defends Obama's Right To Address School Children. 8 September 2009. "Cao said: The President's address to students this morning promoted students setting high standards, supporting our teachers and principals, and reforming our schools. He encouraged students to take advantage of educational opportunities for successful careers and the opportunities to achieve the American dream." (votesmart.org)
  • Ahn Cao. Issue Position: Education. "Raise Standards "It is imperative that we change our tone and approach to education. We must provide accessible quality education to every child in the district, and make attending higher education the standard instead of the exception." -- Congressman Joseph Cao * Guarantee that all students in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes have access to quality education * Rehabilitate and upgrade damaged or outdated educational facilities * Actively pursue the goal of 95% high school graduation, with the majority of graduates going on to higher education" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2007-2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Anh Cao supported the interests of Environment America 33 percent from 2007-2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Anh Cao voted NO on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Grace, Stephanie. 2010. The Times-Picayune: Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao shies away from partisan debate: Stephanie Grace. 2 September 2010. "On issues that don't meet that "core moral value" threshold, he said he'll always defer to his constituents. One example: Cao said that, if it were just him, he would have supported cap and trade legislation to reduce carbon emissions. Unlike some of his GOP colleagues in Louisiana, Cao says he agrees with the vast majority of scientists -- and Democrats -- that man-made climate change is real and demands an urgent response. But he said he opposed the bill because he believed his district couldn't afford it." (www.nola.com)
  • Anh Cao. Cao Votes To Preserve Jobs And Prevent Higher Energy Costs. 26 June 2009. "I am an environmentalist who believes that everyone has a duty to protect our natural resources. We need to address the issues of climate change, but H.R. 2454 does not provide adequate solutions. While there are provisions in the bill that address global warming and emissions control, the bill failed to adequately provide real solutions to climate change. If enacted, consumers will pay higher energy prices and industry will be forced to outsource jobs to countries. Small businesses in Orleans and Jefferson parishes will be hit particularly hard. During these difficult economic times, massive job losses and higher energy bills are the last thing struggling families need." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Anh Cao supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 56 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. GOPer Cao: Health vote may end career. 15 November 2009. "Rep. Anh 'Joseph' Cao acknowledged Wednesday that becoming the lone House Republican to vote in favor of health-care reform was a rookie move that could end his upstart political career. 'I am a novice,' said Mr. Cao, Louisiana Republican, who was elected in December 2008. 'But I have to do what my conscience tells me to do.' Mr. Cao repeatedly has said since last weekend that he supported the legislation only after he received the blessing of Catholic bishops and assurance from the White House that the bill limited federal funding for abortions, and because residents across his state -- particularly those in Orleans and Jefferson parishes -- either have no access to health care or cannot afford the cost. However, those explanations have not sat well with Republican Party leaders, including those concerned about the bill's estimated $1.2 trillion cost." (josephcao.house.gov)
  • Anh Cao. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Anh Cao voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. Health Care Reform And Abortion. 3 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, health care reform is an issue of paramount importance, and we must be deliberative in solving the main question, which is: How can we make our health care system affordable, accessible, and accountable? Unfortunately, the health care reform forum has not been used to address the problem of affordable health care, but to expand the controversial issue of abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. Issue Position: Healthcare Reform. "Louisiana's unique two-tier healthcare delivery system is no longer viable. We must continue to develop a market-driven model that utilizes the amazing human resources we have available throughout our state." (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. Health Care Reform. 20 March 2010. "Mr. CAO. Madam Speaker, I understand that we need health care reform. I have a younger brother who has a kidney disease that put him on dialysis at the young age of 30 and forced him to have a kidney transplant. I have a father who is also on dialysis and struggling to survive. I have a younger sister who has been fighting lupus for over a decade. I also saw how my sister struggled and fought the insurance companies for coverage. I understand the crushing costs of health care. I understand that we have to fight the insurance companies. But I also understand that abortion is wrong. Last week, I called my brother and apologized to him and told him that I cannot support the Senate health care bill. He told me that he understands, and I thank him for it." (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. "Local Solutions "Our state enjoys an abundance of human resources within the medical field, providing us with the unique opportunity to provide high-quality local solutions for the most prevalent of healthcare needs." -- Congressman Joseph Cao * Work to provide each citizen with a "medical home", centered upon preventative care. * Support community programs and educational campaigns related to healthy lifestyles. * Help to develop an electronic healthcare network, linking neighborhood clinics, primary care physicians, and emergency facilities. Patient-Centered Care "Care should be provided in a way that respects the needs of the patient; in a holistic manner that strengthens community ties and reaffirms our values as a society." -- Congressman Joseph Cao * Provide screenings, health education, and physical exams free of charge at community events * Support programs for all-inclusive alternatives to institutionalized care of the elderly * Ensure that adequate resources are provided for children in need and their families Access and Affordability "The most important objectives of healthcare reform are to expand access and increase affordability. All efforts should be aimed at achieving these foremost goals, providing relief to those most in need." -- Congressman Joseph Cao * Employ a statewide market-driven model, designed to better utilize local human resources * Pursue comprehensive tort law reform, lowering administrative costs and insurance premiums * Ensure that healthcare reform measures function locally in a way that benefits those most in need; expanding access and increasing affordability" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Anh Cao supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 50 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Krupa, Michelle. 2010. The Times-Picayune: Anh 'Joseph' Cao and Cedric Richmond debate 2nd District needs. 8 September 2010. "Responding to a question centered in the heated national debate about immigration policy, [?] Cao said the two-thirds support of all states needed to overturn the amendment "would be a very difficult task." He said he support's Obama's push to strengthen border security and "compassionately enable families who have been here access to legalization." (www.nola.com)
  • Ahn Cao. The Daily Beast: A Prized Republican On The Ropes. 8 September 2010. "'We have to be approachable to the average American family,' GOP Rep. Joseph Cao says of the Republican Party. 'Unfortunately, I don't believe our message has been that. It's been somewhat anti-immigrant, it's been oftentimes too pro-business and anti-family.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Anh Cao supported the interests of Peace Action West 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Anh Cao voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Anh Cao. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Anh Cao voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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