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John Delaney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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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 2016.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • Washington Post "Mr. Delaney is pro-choice." (
Yes 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

  • "We must also extend payroll tax cuts for working families and allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire." (
  • "I support implementing the Buffett Rule, which would ensure that no American with an income of over $1 million pays a lower tax rate than a middle class family." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing to urge the Subcommittee to maintain resources for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program and fund it at $250 million. This program has been critical for state and local law enforcement in combating drug abuse in our nation's communities." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Government has an important role to play in supporting private sector efforts to address this problem, but, in doing so, it must ensure that the benefits of its actions are shared among all Americans, including labor. Once these benefits are extended to everyone, we will be able to improve employment, reduce the gap between the rich and everyone else, and allow the middle class to flourish." (
  • "In May I introduced the first major component of my competitiveness agenda, the Partnership to Build America Act (H.R. 2084). My legislation would finance up to $750 billion in infrastructure investment at no cost to the taxpayer, instead bonds would be sold to the private sector." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "President Obama recently released a plan to reform the corporate tax code, including measures to lower the overall corporate rate from 35 to 28 and eliminating many of the loopholes. His proposal is a step in the right direction. We must raise the capital gains taxes paid on investments in large companies and at the same time lower capital gains for small business investment so that there is a strong incentive to invest in small companies, who create most of the new jobs." (
  • "Middle-class Americans shouldn't pay a higher share than the most fortunate, which is why I've long supported changes like the Buffett Rule. Problems with the capital gains and estate tax have been at the core of why our tax code has become distorted." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The federal government’s role in our elementary and secondary education system has never been more important. Our public education system provides for the economic mobility we think of as the American Dream. There are, however, improvements we must make to ensure that our students receive a high-quality education from high-quality teachers. We should work to incentivize current graduates to become teachers and ensure they receive the training to make them effective in the classroom. In addition, we have to hold our teachers and schools accountable for student performance, and make room for innovative approaches like those employed by magnet and charter schools." (
  • "I believe the Every Student Succeeds Act strikes the right balance between maintaining high levels of accountability, while moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach." (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "In my judgment, the president should reject Keystone and step up natural gas exports." (
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

  • "As the 113th Congress moves forward, I will continue to advocate for a comprehensive national energy policy that realizes the promise and potential of clean energy and energy independence." (
  • "Maryland’s solar energy industry is a perfect example of the job growth potential in clean energy" (
  • "With a skilled workforce and a growing green energy sector along the I-270 corridor, Maryland is well-positioned to be a part of our national alternative energy sector." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "According to Rep. Delaney, his bill – the Tax Pollution, Not Profits Act – places a tax on greenhouse gas emissions at $30 per metric ton of carbon dioxide or carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015 and increasing each subsequent year by 4 percent above inflation." (
  • "I have made climate change a legislative priority, filing legislation earlier this year to tackle carbon pollution." (
  • "A good place to start is for Congress to acknowledge the urgent demand for clean energy in the U.S. and encourage the goal of generating more than 50 percent of our electricity from clean and carbon-free sources by 2030." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This is not about taking guns away from law-abiding citizens and I believe that it is important to protect the Second Amendment. The President is proposing practical actions that will help law enforcement administer our existing laws, allow further research into the causes of violence, and provide grants to local authorities to help make our schools and streets safer. We also need to find ways to expand access to mental health care to ensure those who are suffering from mental illness receive proper care and treatment." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that quality, affordable health care should be a right for every American and not just a privilege for the few.The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was an important step towards accomplishing that goal." (
No 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

  • "Reform should secure our border and create a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants who are already here, pursuing the American Dream for their families. Second-class status for anyone, is not who we are as a country." (
  • "We must enact measures like the DREAM Act, which would have provided a conditional path to citizenship for qualified young people who complete a college degree or two years of military service." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "Today’s Supreme Court rulings are truly historic. Our nation’s march towards greater equality under the law has been frustratingly slow at times, but it has also been inexorable. Today we took another step in the journey that began in Philadelphia in 1776 and was fought for in places like Seneca Falls and Selma. Getting married was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I’m heartened to see that right extended to more Americans." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "You cannot just deal with this threat with airstrikes. You need some kind of broader strategy and capability on the ground. And so there's only two options to do that -- our troops or someone else's troops." (
No Inferred 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

  • "Social Security does not need to be privatized." (
  • "Social Security is a promise made to the American people, it's fundamental and essential. We need to protect and preserve Social Security for generations to come and that's the singular aim of this legislation, to guarantee Social Security keeps working for the next 75 years." (


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