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Peter DeFazio's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OR) - District 4, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 4
Peter DeFazio 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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.WocrOWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.WocrOWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We, the undersigned members of Congress, urge you to reject a policy agenda that would harm women, starting with your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1155983/letter-to-hon-donald-trump-president-elect-affordable-care-act-and-planned-parenthood/?search=women#.WocsVme3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "It's impossible to balance the budget with a massive increase in defense spending and massive tax cuts for the wealthy--that is, without slashing funding from programs that working Americans depend upon." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190151/defazio-introduces-balanced-budget-amendment/?search=defense%20spending#.WoctMWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Americans for Democratic Action https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.Wocw-me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Cutting taxes for the wealthy at the expense of these programs is incomprehensible." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1216009/statement-from-rep-peter-defazio-on-hr-1-republican-tax-plan/?search=tax%20increase#.WocwKGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 94% by Peace Action West https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.WocyAme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It's impossible to balance the budget with a massive increase in defense spending and massive tax cuts for the wealthy--that is, without slashing funding from programs that working Americans depend upon." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190151/defazio-introduces-balanced-budget-amendment/?search=defense%20spending#.WoctMWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Endored by End Citizens United https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.Wq_MvGe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.Woc0Z2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Unfortunately, the SEC has thus far failed to act to promote transparency in the amount of shareholder money public companies are spending to influence elections and government policy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1032494/letter-to-the-hon-mary-jo-white-chair-securities-and-exchange-commission-sec-action-on-corporate-political-spending-disclosure/?search=citizens%20united#.WocyhGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If we pass this Republican proposal to continue the current anemic levels of funding until next May, that is not going to bring the States the certainty they need. It is not going to bring the industry the robust investment they need. It is not going to get us the jobs we need." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/907996/highway-and-transportation-funding-act-of-2014/?search=stimulus#.Woc1cWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats have offered common sense proposals that would invest $1 trillion in the Nation's crumbling roads, bridges, transit systems, ports, harbors, and airports and put millions of people to work." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1224930/house-democrats-unveil-a-better-deal-to-rebuild-america/?search=road#.Woc2zme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It also cuts taxes for large corporations and wealthy passive real estate and other investors, once again highlighting a dubious claim that cutting corporate taxes benefits workers in the form of more jobs and increased wages. In reality, previous corporate cuts have only led to stock buyback, dividends, and executive bonuses." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1216009/statement-from-rep-peter-defazio-on-hr-1-republican-tax-plan/?search=tax%20increase#.WocvLWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "DeFazio is committed to promoting the development of renewable energy, helping reduce emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, and putting an end to our reliance on foreign oil." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1009187/issue-position-natural-resources/?search=renewable#.Wq_KO2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.Woc8i2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by League of Conservation Voters https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.Woc8i2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.Woc-xGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This bipartisan bill will encourage the growth of the electric truck industry and the creation of good-paying American jobs, while promoting a transition to cleaner trucks that emit less greenhouse gases." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1212451/representatives-smucker-desaulnier-defazio-and-davis-announce-bipartisan-legislation-to-establish-parity-for-electric-vehicle-technology/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.Woc_Tme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "DeFazio is committed to promoting the development of renewable energy, helping reduce emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, and putting an end to our reliance on foreign oil." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1009187/issue-position-natural-resources/?search=renewable#.Wq_KO2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.WodAHGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 21% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.WodAHGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Instead of continuing with the status quo, let’s allow the research community to investigate evidence-based solutions that could help prevent gun violence while still protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1212086/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-and-the-hon-nancy-pelosi-minority-leader-not-to-restrict-gun-violence-research-in-appropriations-package/?search=gun#.WodAxWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "We, the undersigned members of Congress, urge you to reject a policy agenda that would harm women, starting with your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1155983/letter-to-hon-donald-trump-president-elect-affordable-care-act-and-planned-parenthood/?search=women#.WocsVme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: " You have also stated in the past that, 'The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode' and recently said that 'Obamacare is dead.' We strongly disagree." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1161923/letter-to-president-trump-cost-sharing-reduction-payments/?search=obamacare#.WodCjme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The President’s budget guts funding for critical programs that working families rely on and instead spends $1.6 billion on a completely useless wall between the U.S. and Mexico." https://www.facebook.com/RepPeterDeFazio/posts/10155337910684812 (www.facebook.com)
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

  • Signed a letter stating: "We respectfully request that the Portland Field Office refrain from targeting DACA recipients and their families, and avoid conducting massive and untargeted deportation raids."https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1198123/letter-to-elizabeth-godfrey-deputy-field-office-director-of-ice-enforcement-and-removal-operations-do-not-deport-our-dreamers/?search=dreamers#.WodGY2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Civil Liberties Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.WodIOGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We urge you to respond to Texas's threat to your executive authority by directing the Attorney General to use all legal options to defend DACA and ensure that nearly one million DREAMers continue to contribute to our nation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1186357/letter-to-president-donald-j-trump-defense-of-daca-program/?search=dreamers#.WodHyme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The legalization of marijuana in a number of States means more focus needs to be placed on the potential transportation safety impacts of marijuana use as it becomes more prevalent in the United States." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1225818/defazio-releases-report-showing-serious-gaps-in-dots-drug-and-alcohol-testing-program/?search=marijuana#.Wq_K22e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.WodIOGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 75% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.WodI2We3wfJ (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

  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.Wq_MvGe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.Wq_MvGe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by J Street PAC https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27037/peter-defazio#.Wq_MvGe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly oppose the NDAA's authorization of spending for wars that are not congressionally approved. The President has sent troops to Iraq, Syria and elsewhere without seeking an Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF), a violation of the War Powers Act." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200980/personal-explanation/?search=syria#.Wq_OZGe3wfI (votesmart.org)

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Oregon 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-choiceInferred Answer a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. f) Abortion Issues other or expanded principles: "I support a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions among a full range of options."
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 5 April 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions among a full range of options.

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
Maintain Statusb) Arts
c) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Greatly Decrease3) National missile defense
Greatly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
k) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

c) eliminate cold war era programs like the F-22, Star Wars, new attack submarines, new nuclear weapons, and improve funding for basics for the troops.

k) slightly to greatly decrease

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 Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories

d) Eliminate corporate tax loopholes and lower rates. I support a minuscule speculator tax on high frequency, non-productive trading, and on speculative derivatives products.

NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

3) I voted to limit the exemption from taxation to estates of $7 million or less- establish progressive tax rates on estates above $7 million

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
b) 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?
e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

b) I don't support unnecessary regulation of the private sector, however, I don't subscribe to the Bush Administration's markets know best, deregulation at all cost philosophy. I voted against deregulation of the financial services industry which led to the savings and loan bailout, ENRON, and the 2008 Wall Street bust.

e) I have repeatedly voted against congressional pay raises and have refused to accept those pay raises while the government is deficit spending. Instead, I have linked my pay to Social Security COLA's and turned back the rest to fund community college scholarships for dislocated workers in southwestern Oregon.

Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) 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
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 497 to HR 2181. 105th Congress. An amendment to add a new section which provides that in further consideration of death sentence recommendations, life imprisonment shall be imposed instead, if the court has any doubt that a defendent actually committed the offense. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 25 February 1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. f) Crime Issues other or expanded principles: "a) I am not unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for certain crimes."
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 70 percent in 2005-2006." (votesmart.org)
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?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

a) I am not unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for certain crimes.

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?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) 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

Reform No Child Left Behind; fully fund any new mandates on public schools; fund a minimum of 40% of IDEA; give new teachers in rural, inner city, or poor districts an annual reduction in federal student loan debt. I personally fund scholarships at 5 community colleges in Southwest Oregon from congressional pay raises. By the end of 2010, I will have contributed almost $320,000 of salary toward 197 scholarships and debt reduction.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) 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?
e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
g) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

Protect remaining old growth on federal lands - provide a predictable and sustainable timber supply through restoration forests and thinning of second growth.

e) I am supporting legislation that would dramatically strengthen the federal leasing to guarantee taxpayers a better return on oil and gas located on federal lands. The legislation would also impose tougher safety standards, in particular safety standards for off-shore drilling and deep water drilling, and strict liability standards.

(g) I do not support development of nuclear reactors with federal funds or subsidies.

YesInferred Answer a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 4296. 103rd Congress. To make unlawful the transfer or possession of assault weapons. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 5 May 1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 1025. 103rd Congress. To provide for a waiting period before the purchase of a handgun, and for the establishment of a national instant criminal background check system to be contacted by firearms dealers before the transfer of any firearm. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 10 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns;" "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. e) Gun Issues other or expanded principles: "I believe the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law abiding citizens to own guns for sport and personal protection. I believe it is within the purview of the individual states to set reasonable restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns. I voted against the assault weapons ban because a weapons specific ban is not the answer to keeping prohibited persons from illegally obtaining firearms. Instead, I voted for a nationwide point of purchase instant criminal background check system."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 50 percent from 1991 to 2003." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Peter DeFazio a grade of D." (votesmart.org)
b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law abiding citizens to own guns for sport and personal protection. I believe it is within the purview of the individual states to set reasonable restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns. I voted against the assault weapons ban because a weapons specific ban is not the answer to keeping prohibited persons from illegally obtaining firearms. Instead, I voted for a nationwide point of purchase instant criminal background check system.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Noc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
d) 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

Currently, insurance companies can do collude to fix prices, limit competition, and deny benefits to protect their obscene profits. I introduced and successfully passed legislation to repeal the insurance company anti-trust exemption in the House passed health care reform legislation. Unfortunately, the Senate stripped it out. Earlier this year, my language to repeal the anti-trust exemption was passed as free standing legislation by a vote of 406-19.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 43 percent in 2007-2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. e) Immigration Issues other or expanded principles: "In 2005, I voted for a border security bill that put enforcement first by imposing significant penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants; requiring employers to verify the legal status of workers with federal officials rather than just glancing at documents presented; making it easier to deport immigrants caught at the border; and improving technology to secure the border. I am opposed to blanket amnesty proposals that would treat every immigrant the same, irrespective of how long they've been here. I have voted for increased resources for border patrol agents to enforce immigration laws."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 46 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

In 2005, I voted for a border security bill that put enforcement first by imposing significant penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants; requiring employers to verify the legal status of workers with federal officials rather than just glancing at documents presented; making it easier to deport immigrants caught at the border; and improving technology to secure the border. I am opposed to blanket amnesty proposals that would treat every immigrant the same, irrespective of how long they've been here. I have voted for increased resources for border patrol agents to enforce immigration laws.

NoInferred Answer a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of Peace Action West 73 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "d) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?" 2f) International Aid, International Policy, and Trade Issues other or expanded principles: "I supported the invasion of Afghanistan and was concerned about the removal of troops from Afghanistan to Iraq. The greatest threat to our security was and still is from Al Qaeda, not Iraqi domestic insurgents. If our military commanders say they need more military resources in Afghanistan, we should give them what they need."
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. j) International Policy Issues other or expanded principles: "I supported the initial invasion of Afghanistan. But after eight years there is no meaningful government, police or security force in place, and there is corruption throughout the government. We need a new strategy. The U.S. can handle any terrorist forces with a smaller troop presence and should let the Afghans work out the intra-tribal conflicts that they've been carrying on over for 600 years. I have urged the President to move toward a less expensive, less troop intensive strategy that would bring about a better result."
  • Pope, Charles. 2009. The Oregonian (Portland, OR). Obama fails to convince most lawmakers from Oregon. 1 December 2009. "I am opposed to an escalation of troops in Afghanistan. Sending 34,000 more troops into Afghanistan might have worked in 2002 or 2003, but after 5 years of neglect under the Bush Administration, more troops in the Pashtun dominated south will not achieve the desired results. It's time for a new regional strategy that recognizes the reality that Afghanistan has never, and will never, be centrally governed. We need to divide the Taliban radicals from their tribal allies, interdict the Pakistani border and continue to push Pakistan to eliminate terrorist safe havens." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
e) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) 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?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

I supported the initial invasion of Afghanistan. But after eight years there is no meaningful government, police or security force in place, and there is corruption throughout the government. We need a new strategy.

The U.S. can handle any terrorist forces with a smaller troop presence and should let the Afghans work out the intra-tribal conflicts that they've been carrying on over for 600 years. I have urged the President to move toward a less expensive, less troop intensive strategy that would bring about a better result.

e) I only support non-military aid to countries for security interest purposes.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations
  • Peter DeFazio. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. A Parody of Congress. 17 July 2006. "There are a few real things that we could deal with that the American people are concerned about. Maybe high gas prices. No, those things are not on the agenda. We have the faux agenda for Congress, which is designed purely for either entertainment purposes or for political purposes. Well, what are we doing? We are taking up an amendment to ban the threat of gay marriage. Now, let's see. The Senate didn't pass it. That means it is not going forward. But, nonetheless, the House is going to use valuable time to vote on banning the threat of gay marriage even though we know that the constitutional amendment cannot move forward because the Senate has already disapproved this venture." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. e) Social Issues other or expanded principles: "I oppose a federal constitutional amendment that preempts states rights and imposes a federal definition of marriage."
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

I oppose a federal constitutional amendment that preempts states rights and imposes a federal definition of marriage.

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) As Chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee I will work to:

* increase investments in America's transportation and other critical infrastructure to create jobs, stimulate the economy, and improve our long-term economic viability,

* strengthen Buy America provisions to help revitalize our manufacturing industry

2) We need a new trade policy. I voted against NAFTA and every other trade policy since being in office. These polices have resulted in the exporting of our industrial manufacturing base overseas chasing after the cheapest labor and costing us millions of jobs here at home.

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