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Jim Renacci's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Jim Renacci has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a person of faith, I believe Life is our Creator’s most precious gift and that we must protect the sanctity of life—from the moment of conception on." http://jimrenacci.com/right-to-life/ (jimrenacci.com)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a person of faith, I believe Life is our Creator’s most precious gift and that we must protect the sanctity of life—from the moment of conception on." http://jimrenacci.com/right-to-life/ (jimrenacci.com)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (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

  • Rated 77% by National Tax Limitation Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 77% by National Tax Limitation Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I could not be more proud to have fought for and helped craft the 2017 tax reform legislation that will deliver badly needed tax relief to middle income families and American businesses. That sweeping tax cut legislation reduced personal taxes on over 80 percent of Americans and has already allowed business across the country to expand and thrive." http://jimrenacci.com/the-economy/ (jimrenacci.com)
  • "I could not be more proud to have fought for and helped craft the 2017 tax reform legislation that will deliver badly needed tax relief to middle income families and American businesses. That sweeping tax cut legislation reduced personal taxes on over 80 percent of Americans and has already allowed business across the country to expand and thrive." http://jimrenacci.com/the-economy/ (jimrenacci.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 6% by Peace Action West https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Peace Action West https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "One of my most important responsibilities is to ensure that our Armed Forces have the resources they need in order to protect our national security, both at home and abroad." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1008795/issue-position-defense-national-security/?search=defense%20spending#.WsUsF2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "One of my most important responsibilities is to ensure that our Armed Forces have the resources they need in order to protect our national security, both at home and abroad." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1008795/issue-position-defense-national-security/?search=defense%20spending#.WsUsF2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 77% by National Tax Limitation Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 77% by National Tax Limitation Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62172/120678/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WsUtRmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62172/120678/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WsUtRmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Where possible, I will advocate for getting as much education power and money currently in Washington back to the states and school districts so they can make decisions on curriculum, testing, and teacher evaluations without interference or mandates from bureaucrats in Washington." http://jimrenacci.com/education/ (jimrenacci.com)
  • "Where possible, I will advocate for getting as much education power and money currently in Washington back to the states and school districts so they can make decisions on curriculum, testing, and teacher evaluations without interference or mandates from bureaucrats in Washington." http://jimrenacci.com/education/ (jimrenacci.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 3% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Federal overreach not only restrains small businesses and stifles the entrepreneurial spirit, but also restricts states from growing an economy best suited for their unique needs. I will continue to support an all of the above energy strategy that strengthens Ohio job creation and economic growth, protects consumers from higher energy prices, and maintains the role of states to develop environmental policies that reflect the best interests of local citizens" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1026400/renacci-final-epa-ozone-regulations-will-harm-ohios-economy/?search=emission#.WsUsz2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Federal overreach not only restrains small businesses and stifles the entrepreneurial spirit, but also restricts states from growing an economy best suited for their unique needs. I will continue to support an all of the above energy strategy that strengthens Ohio job creation and economic growth, protects consumers from higher energy prices, and maintains the role of states to develop environmental policies that reflect the best interests of local citizens" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1026400/renacci-final-epa-ozone-regulations-will-harm-ohios-economy/?search=emission#.WsUsz2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Federal overreach not only restrains small businesses and stifles the entrepreneurial spirit, but also restricts states from growing an economy best suited for their unique needs. I will continue to support an all of the above energy strategy that strengthens Ohio job creation and economic growth, protects consumers from higher energy prices, and maintains the role of states to develop environmental policies that reflect the best interests of local citizens" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1026400/renacci-final-epa-ozone-regulations-will-harm-ohios-economy/?search=emission#.WsUsz2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Association of Manufacturers https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Federal overreach not only restrains small businesses and stifles the entrepreneurial spirit, but also restricts states from growing an economy best suited for their unique needs. I will continue to support an all of the above energy strategy that strengthens Ohio job creation and economic growth, protects consumers from higher energy prices, and maintains the role of states to develop environmental policies that reflect the best interests of local citizens" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1026400/renacci-final-epa-ozone-regulations-will-harm-ohios-economy/?search=emission#.WsUsz2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Association of Manufacturers https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will always fight for your right to bear arms and protect yourself, your family and your community." http://jimrenacci.com/2nd-amendment/ (jimrenacci.com)
  • "I will always fight for your right to bear arms and protect yourself, your family and your community." http://jimrenacci.com/2nd-amendment/ (jimrenacci.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Renacci, who has voted more than 30 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1026460/medina-gazette-renacci-says-obamacare-hurting-business/?search=obamacare#.WsUvVGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As your Senator, I will do everything I can to ensure we replace Obamacare with a patient-centric, market-based system driven by competition and defined by choice, affordability and access to quality care." http://jimrenacci.com/end-obamacare/ (jimrenacci.com)
  • "Renacci, who has voted more than 30 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1026460/medina-gazette-renacci-says-obamacare-hurting-business/?search=obamacare#.WsUvVGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As your Senator, I will do everything I can to ensure we replace Obamacare with a patient-centric, market-based system driven by competition and defined by choice, affordability and access to quality care." http://jimrenacci.com/end-obamacare/ (jimrenacci.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will work with our President to advance construction of a wall and additional security measures on the Southern Border to stop the flow of drugs, human trafficking and additional threats to our nation’s security." http://jimrenacci.com/illegal-immigration/ (jimrenacci.com)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will work with our President to advance construction of a wall and additional security measures on the Southern Border to stop the flow of drugs, human trafficking and additional threats to our nation’s security." http://jimrenacci.com/illegal-immigration/ (jimrenacci.com)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (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

  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly oppose so called "sanctuary cities", which seek to undermine and nullify federal immigration laws and pose a clear and present danger to the vitality and safety of communities across the country." http://jimrenacci.com/illegal-immigration/ (jimrenacci.com)
  • "I strongly oppose so called "sanctuary cities", which seek to undermine and nullify federal immigration laws and pose a clear and present danger to the vitality and safety of communities across the country." http://jimrenacci.com/illegal-immigration/ (jimrenacci.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci#.WsUqtWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In addition, we spoke about our country's shared interest in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/973814/preventing-a-nuclear-iran/?search=nuclear#.WsUt12dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition, we spoke about our country's shared interest in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/973814/preventing-a-nuclear-iran/?search=nuclear#.WsUt12dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

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Ohio 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?
Noc) 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?
Yese) 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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) 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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
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?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

To the extent that I support privatizing elements of Social Security, I support allowing workers to privately invest a portion of their payroll taxes

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?
d) 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?
f) 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?
Nod) 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?
b) 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

I strongly support school voucher programs.

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?
Yesd) 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?
f) 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

I support tax credits for private sector investment in alternative energy.

NoInferred Answer a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Jim Renacci. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Gun Issues: e) Other or expanded principles: "Any restrictions on the possession of firearms must meet constitutional "strict scrutiny", it is a fundamental right."
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

Any restrictions on the possession of firearms must meet Constitutional "Strict Scrutiny"; it is a fundamental right.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
b) 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?
e) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support health care reform targeted at decreasing costs through increased competition and tort reform.

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?
c) 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?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Noh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) 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?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
d) 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.

(1) It's imperative that we eliminate Washington's reckless deficit spending and implement pro-growth policies that will foster job creation and reverse the rapid economic decline we've witnessed since our current Congressman we elected. In Washington I will support, low tax, small government, free market policies that will restore the stability...to the marketplace that we badly need in order to restore jobs...and...balance the federal budget.
(2) In addition to fighting for lower taxes and less spending, I will fight against the Obama Administration's reckless energy, labor and health care policies that threaten to take a wrecking ball to...the American economy.

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