Representative Joyce Beatty's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 3, Democratic
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Joyce Beatty 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "Great day in Chicago @emilyslist regional meeting with hundreds of pro-choice supporters. #newvoice" (
  • “I am a big advocate of a person’s right to choose. I really don’t think it is government’s role.” (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (

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  • “I want to see the tax cuts expire for those who are in the upper income level. When we look at where we are today with the economy and the need for jobs, we need to protect those who are the working-class folks.” (
  • “Same proposal, different cover. I cannot possibly imagine how this regressive tax structure that it contains is a way to lead to shared American prosperity.” (

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  • Cosponsored H.R.920 “Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015” (

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  • “Our CBC budget would provide $230 billion for our nation's infrastructure--providing an immediate investment to help modernize our roads, bridges, and tunnels, as well as providing dollars to build new and improve existing commuter and public transportation systems. We cannot delay or rely on short term funding patches that seem to become the norm in this Republican led Congress.” (
  • "In 2014, Rep. Beatty brought then-Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donavan to the District to announce a $300 million project to revitalize the Near East Side, led by $30 million in federal funds." (
  • “I would be remiss if I went to Washington and did not look at how we could improve central Ohio by not bringing federal dollars back. “ (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” (

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" (
  • “Same proposal, different cover. I cannot possibly imagine how this regressive tax structure that it contains is a way to lead to shared American prosperity.” (

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

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  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (
  • "We should focus on developing domestically produced energy as we transition away from energy sources that cause irreparable climate change and fail to create meaningful American jobs." (

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

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  • Rated 100% by Environment America (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 “Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions” (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2218 “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013” (

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  • Signed a letter stating “Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system.” (
  • “I support the Second Amendment, but I don't think that our forefathers meant for us to do what we are doing today. […] So I proudly join you as we ask all of our colleagues to come together and do what's right: sensible gun laws, background checks, closing the loopholes.” (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (

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  • “Today's ruling from the Supreme Court is a victory for the landmark healthcare law and for 161,000 Ohioans who are able to afford health insurance because of income-based insurance support allowed under the Affordable Care Act.” (
  • “I support the president’s health-care plan.” (

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

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  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • “I join others across the nation today in recognizing the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down Ohio's marriage ban--and ruling in favor of marriage equality nationwide! This is a historic day for the LGBT community and their families. Now same-sex couples have all the rights, recognitions, and security that marriage confers.” (
  • “LGBT activists and allies have been working for equal rights to federal benefits. The Supreme Court's resolution on the Proposition 8 matter was a victory for California's LGBT community.” (

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  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • “I don’t support cutting Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.” (
  • “Joyce Beatty understands that some of the issues facing Social Security will be long-term challenges and should not be met with short term crisis management. Raising the age limit on Social Security is not the answer. It is time to put partisan politics of Washington aside and work together to address these challenges allowing the government to keep its commitment to our older Americans and people with disabilities.” (
  • Signed a letter stating “Given the state of popular opinion and the impending retirement savings crisis facing this nation, we respectfully urge you to include proposals to expand Social Security benefits for millions of Americans to your policy brief at the upcoming Conference.” (


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Ohio State Legislative Election 2000 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
h) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Estate taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreasei) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yeso) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Ohio taxpayers?
Yesp) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noq) Do you support amending the Ohio Constitution to prohibit cities and villages from imposing income taxes on people who work in one town and live in another?
r) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
d) Support the use of the death penalty in Ohio.
Xe) Support a moratorium on the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
l) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xm) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xn) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xp) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
q) Lower the minimum age for sending convicted juvenile offenders to the Department of Youth Services.
r) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xf) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
i) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xj) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
k) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xl) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xm) Support a moratorium on student proficiency testing.
Xn) Amend the Ohio Constitution to make the State Board of Education an elected board.
Xo) Reduce the reliance on local property taxes to fund schools by increasing state taxes.
Xp) Reduce the reliance on local property taxes to fund schools by using existing state funds.
q) Eliminate unfunded state mandates on public schools.
r) Fund all existing state mandates on public schools.
s) Require students to pass the fourth-grade reading test before being promoted.
t) Other

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other

Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Support funding for recycling programs in Ohio.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Provide funds for farmland preservation.
Xi) Increase funds for protecting open space.
Xj) Increase funds for cleaning up abandoned industrial sites.
k) Establish growth boundaries around urban areas.
l) Other
m) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

Yesa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Ohio Governors?
Nob) Do you support the current limit on terms for Ohio State Senators and Representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yesa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Yesd) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedg) Do you support voting on-line?
h) Do you support on-line voter registration?
i) Do you support placing limits on the amount of money that can be collected in state civil lawsuits?
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Require the safe storage of guns.
Xj) Require gun dealers to offer trigger locks to anyone who purchases a gun.
Xk) Provide funds for gun-safety training in public schools.
l) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xd) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Xa) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xb) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xe) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xf) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
Xg) Support Ohio joining a multi-state lottery.
h) Other
Undecidedi) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Ohio?
Yesj) Should Ohio include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Yesk) Should Ohio recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Undecidedl) Should Ohio restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

a) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xk) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

My active legislative platform will be:
Increase healthcare awareness, education and prevention
-Funding may include utilizing Tobacco Dollars for prescription assistance, minority health initiatives and children's healthcare needs.
Work toward developing adequate educational funding and implementation of reformation of the Fourth Grade Proficiency Test
-Coordinate school curricula with the proficiency test
-Efffective ways to assist in adequately funding Ohio public schools may include state funding, tobacco settlement, and possibly tax increases other than property.

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