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Tom Marino's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 10, Republican
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Tom Marino has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, 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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • “I am Pro-Life. Our children, both born and those yet to be born, are a gift and their Right-to-Life is our Responsibility.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506661/issue-position-right-to-life#.Vafd7nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • “I am Pro-Life. Our children, both born and those yet to be born, are a gift and their Right-to-Life is our Responsibility.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506661/issue-position-right-to-life#.Vafd7nUViko (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "This week, the House of Representatives continued to fulfill its promise to all American taxpayers and small businesses by passing legislation that will prevent a massive tax increase, protect at least 700,000 jobs, and set the stage for enactment of comprehensive tax reform that will lower individual and business rates and eliminate loopholes. Corporations in this country currently have the highest tax rate in the world at 39.2%. We must keep taxes low and continue our efforts to reform the tax code to boost the economy and create jobs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734001/marino-acts-to-stop-the-tax-hike/?search=taxes#.VafznnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating, "I, Thomas Marino, pledge to the taxpayers of the 10th district of the state of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
  • "This week, the House of Representatives continued to fulfill its promise to all American taxpayers and small businesses by passing legislation that will prevent a massive tax increase, protect at least 700,000 jobs, and set the stage for enactment of comprehensive tax reform that will lower individual and business rates and eliminate loopholes. Corporations in this country currently have the highest tax rate in the world at 39.2%. We must keep taxes low and continue our efforts to reform the tax code to boost the economy and create jobs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734001/marino-acts-to-stop-the-tax-hike/?search=taxes#.VafznnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating, "I, Thomas Marino, pledge to the taxpayers of the 10th district of the state of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is much more to be done and I will continue to stand up for the values of my constituents and bring accountability to Washington by putting an end to wasteful spending, balancing the budget and keeping taxes low." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/631013/marino-1st-step-toward-government-that-lives-within-its-means/?search=taxes#.VafxEXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “Government does not create jobs - business does. We should make it easy to start a business and create family sustaining jobs. I will support lowering taxes on job creators, reducing burdensome regulations, and eliminating red tape.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506644/issue-position-jobs/?search=taxes#.VafwlXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • "There is much more to be done and I will continue to stand up for the values of my constituents and bring accountability to Washington by putting an end to wasteful spending, balancing the budget and keeping taxes low." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/631013/marino-1st-step-toward-government-that-lives-within-its-means/?search=taxes#.VafxEXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “We've heard about the `shovel-ready' jobs but we still have an unemployment rate of almost 10 percent All of that money for infrastructure, for new roads and bridges, isn't going to do us any good if we aren't making any products to carry across those roads. We need to start making products again and we need the types of jobs that industry brings.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/585638/state-of-the-union-response/?search=Stimulus#.VjoqsmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Government does not create jobs - business does. We should make it easy to start a business and create family sustaining jobs. I will support lowering taxes on job creators, reducing burdensome regulations, and eliminating red tape.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506644/issue-position-jobs/?search=taxes#.VafwlXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “We've heard about the `shovel-ready' jobs but we still have an unemployment rate of almost 10 percent All of that money for infrastructure, for new roads and bridges, isn't going to do us any good if we aren't making any products to carry across those roads. We need to start making products again and we need the types of jobs that industry brings.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/585638/state-of-the-union-response/?search=Stimulus#.VjoqsmwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I am holding in my hand here the names, the numbers, the dates, and the details of 220 bills that the House passed--220 bills. Some of it was with support from a handful of Democrats who saw that this is good legislation, that it will create jobs, it will keep taxes low. It does away with job-crushing regulation. It lets the private sector do what it does best. It allows the hardworking taxpayers to have a level playing field.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/861662/the-state-of-our-congress/?search=taxes#.Vafv7HV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “Government does not create jobs - business does. We should make it easy to start a business and create family sustaining jobs. I will support lowering taxes on job creators, reducing burdensome regulations, and eliminating red tape.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506644/issue-position-jobs/?search=taxes#.VafwlXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “I am holding in my hand here the names, the numbers, the dates, and the details of 220 bills that the House passed--220 bills. Some of it was with support from a handful of Democrats who saw that this is good legislation, that it will create jobs, it will keep taxes low. It does away with job-crushing regulation. It lets the private sector do what it does best. It allows the hardworking taxpayers to have a level playing field.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/861662/the-state-of-our-congress/?search=taxes#.Vafv7HV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “Government does not create jobs - business does. We should make it easy to start a business and create family sustaining jobs. I will support lowering taxes on job creators, reducing burdensome regulations, and eliminating red tape.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506644/issue-position-jobs/?search=taxes#.VafwlXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Consider the deplorable condition of the economy -- $15.2 trillion national debt, a record-high deficit, and an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent -- and it would seem that saying 'no' to the Keystone XL Pipeline is not only foolish and insensitive, but clearly un-American.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/667575/killing-keystone-xl-pipeline-un-american/?search=Keystone#.VagD3XV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “[…] today I rise in support of the Keystone XL pipeline and urge passage of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/787398/keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=Keystone#.VagBjXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “Consider the deplorable condition of the economy -- $15.2 trillion national debt, a record-high deficit, and an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent -- and it would seem that saying 'no' to the Keystone XL Pipeline is not only foolish and insensitive, but clearly un-American.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/667575/killing-keystone-xl-pipeline-un-american/?search=Keystone#.VagD3XV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “[…] today I rise in support of the Keystone XL pipeline and urge passage of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/787398/keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=Keystone#.VagBjXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I am encouraged to join so many of my colleagues in this bipartisan effort to ensure we have smart regulations that energize job creation and stimulate more economic growth; especially in our rural communities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971556/marino-joins-bipartisan-bill-to-halt-epa-overreach/?search=regulation#.VagIwnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • "We can stop burning every type of fossil fuel that we have. We can stop burning coal and oil and gas and wood and anything else we can torch, but if China, Pakistan and India do not burn fossil fuels anywhere near as efficiently as we do, us not burning those fuels is not going to have a significant impact on the environment; that's been clearly established." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/935060/the-daily-review-congressional-candidates-discuss-global-warming-and-abortion/?search=solar#.VagGPnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/119478/tom-marino/37#.V3weXnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Second Amendment guarantees the right of an individual to keep and bear arms. I support, and the Supreme Court has affirmed, this undeniable right.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506656/issue-position-right-to-bear-arms#.VagJC3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • "Tom is a member of the National Rifle Association and a strong supporter of gun rights and the Second Amendment.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/869683/issue-position-second-amendment/?search=gun#.VagJXHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, H.R. 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010. […] To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738364/obamacare-repeal-pledge/?search=obamacare#.VagLvHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “Obamacare will crumble under its own weight anyway; it is just a matter of time. However the American people cannot wait for an undefinable period of time before they feel the necessary relief and protection from it.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971555/one-way-or-another-obamacare-will-be-replaced/?search=obamacare#.VagMJXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 “Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150#.V3we9XVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Tom believes that marriage is between man and woman. He supports the Defense of Marriage Act, a law enacted by President Clinton that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman and makes it clear that no state is forced to recognize a homosexual marriage sanctioned by another state.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/869682/issue-position-marriage/?search=marriage#.VagQl3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/119478/tom-marino/76#.V3wpJXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, 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

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Our seniors have worked hard and made a positive difference in our communities throughout their lives. In return, they deserve peace of mind during their retirement. Medicare and Social Security must be fixed and kept solvent for the benefit of our nation and our seniors.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/544589/blog-supporting-seniors/?search=Social%20Security#.V3woIHVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
1) Intelligence operations
2) Military hardware
3) National missile defense
4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
6) Research and development of new weapons
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland security
g) International aid
h) Medical research
i) Scientific research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) 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.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesInferred Answer 3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations
  • Tom Marino signed American Family Business Institute: Death Tax Repeal Pledge. (www.nodeathtax.org)
4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoInferred Answer 5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations
  • The Daily Review: Congressional candidates answer Review questionnaire. 13 May 2010. "The national debt is a serious issue and needs to be addressed. We need to stop excessive government spending and borrowing. The only way to get out of debt is to stop spending like drunken sailors and begin supporting policies which will grow the economy. The combination of less spending and more economic growth is the only responsible way to reduce the national debt." (www.allbusiness.com)
  • Tom Marino. Former DA, Marino, announces run for Congress in 10 th District. 27 January 2010. "There are four areas we have to just attack immediately and bring this under control. Washington has to stop this ridiculous spending, this is just mind boggling. We've got to continue tax cuts, because you know something, the president can't create jobs, the senators can't create jobs, the congressmen can't create jobs. You know who can create jobs? You people, with tax cuts with money back in your pockets expanding your farms, expanding your small businesses." (www.timesleader.com)
  • Tom Marino. Issue Position: Jobs. "Government does not create jobs - business does. We should make it easy to start a business and create family sustaining jobs. I will support lowering taxes on job creators, reducing burdensome regulations, and eliminating red tape." (votesmart.org)
6) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Nob) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Nod) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Nod) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Noc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
g) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
h) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
b) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
c) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
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.
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