Representative Marcia Fudge's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 11, Democratic
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Marcia Fudge has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Ohio Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
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YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
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NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
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YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
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YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
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The second question is very broad and difficult to answer with a simple yes or no. The use of U.S. military force against hostile governments to prevent them from possessing a nuclear weapon would depend on the totality of the circumstances, including but not limited to the status of and timeline for nuclear capability, the type of military force contemplated, as well as the likelihood of success and the impact on and cooperation of regional and/or global U.S. allies.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
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Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

l) Since "welfare" is often viewed as a general category with many specific components, it's difficult to answer the question with the kind of specificity requested. Many of those components are mutually exclusive. If more specific information is given or relevant components identified, e.g., SNAP, WIC, free and reduced lunch, cash benefits, health care, energy use and housing subsidies, etc., the response to the funding level support may change.

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Slightly Decreased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasej) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

b) Maintaining the status of corporate taxes is dependent upon my support for reducing corporate loopholes and deductions.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My top three priorities will be education, health and wellness, and economic development and opportunities.

Although I believe funding levels for education, including retooling of adults for 21st century jobs, and health and wellness should be slightly increased, savings realized from reallocation of funds by decreasing funding levels of other spending categories should be more than adequate to meet the needs. Public/Private partnerships help reduce the need for public funding. Investment in infrastructure and economic development would create jobs, and increase commerce, the viability of communities and their tax bases to realize short, mid and long term return on investments.

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