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Daniel Lipinski's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 3, Democratic
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Daniel Lipinski 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, Project 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 100% by Illinois Citizens for Life (
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the Protect Life Act, a bill which will apply the decades-old Hyde amendment policy prohibiting taxpayer funding of elective abortion to the Affordable Care Act." (
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

  • "At the same time, I do not believe that increasing taxes on anyone is appropriate at this moment given the fragile economy. Raising taxes now could reduce private-sector spending and investment, putting the brakes on growth at a time when we cannot afford to do anything that could slow job creation." (
  • "When asked if he favors extending the Bush-era tax credits for all, including those making more than $250,000 a year, Lipinski said he believes we need to prevent a tax increase on the middle class, but that extending the tax cuts for the highest earners should be considered in the context of the need to reduce the deficit." (
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, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is no doubt that we must cut spending, reduce the national debt, and restore fiscal discipline […] That is one reason why I did not vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, the $1 trillion health care bill, or the $862 billion stimulus bill." (
  • Rated 9% by Americans for Prosperity (
  • "Having brought home $126 million in the last federal transportation bill, he is fighting to pass a new transportation bill now to put people to work rebuilding our crumbling and inadequate transportation infrastructure." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Extending the tax cuts and lowering the payroll tax will put more money into the pockets of the people who need it most, and enable them to use it as they see fit, helping to promote growth and job creation." (
  • "Had the House voted with the Senate as I did today to extend tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000, we could have put those American families at ease by ensuring that their income taxes will not go up next year [¦] The bottom line is this: if we extend all the tax cuts and rescind the sequester cuts without concern for breaking the promise we made to reduce the debt in last year's Budget Control Act, how much longer will investors trust Congress's commitment to debt reduction and continue to lend the U.S. money at low interest rates? " (
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Reform of our STEM education system will require coordination on multiple fronts across many diverse stakeholders. In addition to several federal agencies, there are state and local governments, school districts, universities, non-profits, businesses, community organizations, teachers, students, and - if a child is fortunate - their parents. I don't doubt that some high-level planning and coordination will be helpful - including in the movement toward common core standards in which almost all states are now engaged." (
  • "That is why I agree with the overall goals of the administration’s bold approach, including its focus on teacher accountability and student outcomes, and why I support vouchers and performance pay. While I do have some concerns about the implementation of Race to the Top, most of the President’s goals are common sense [...]" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "I support the Keystone XL pipeline […]" (
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

  • Signed a letter stating "We write today as members of the Congressional Steel Caucus to urge you to include provisions in renewable energy tax legislation to ensure the full utilization of American components, including iron, steel, and manufactured goods." (
  • "Congressman Lipinski believes America must reduce its dependence on foreign oil, curb emissions that harm the environment and public health, enact policies that lower the high price of energy, and encourage innovation that leads the way toward the green economy of tomorrow and creates jobs. He has worked diligently to protect residents of the Third District from polluters and to ensure the continued health of local natural resources." (
  • Rated 86% by Environment America (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Lipinski believes America must reduce its dependence on foreign oil, curb emissions that harm the environment and public health, enact policies that lower the high price of energy, and encourage innovation that leads the way toward the green economy of tomorrow and creates jobs." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" (
  • Signed a letter stating "One of the three pillars of the Climate Action Plan is to lead international efforts to address global climate change. As a nation that has contributed more than a quarter of all global carbon pollution, it is our responsibility to lead. As a nation already feeling the effects and costs of climate change, it is also in our national interest to do so." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence (
  • "I believe that there are some commonsense answers that do not infringe on the Second Amendment. The bipartisan legislation I am supporting would improve upon the existing system of background checks, establishing a first line of defense against guns falling into the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill, but respecting the rights of law-abiding Americans." (
  • "I support the Dem sit-in. No reason why #Congress can’t vote to improve #backgroundchecks, keep guns out of terrorist hands. #NoBillNoBreak" (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "I have not supported and I do not support the repeal of the ACA, but some commonsense changes need to be made." (
  • "I voted against the ACA in 2010, but, ever since it passed, I have been calling on Congress to put the people of this country ahead of partisan politics, put aside hopeless repeal efforts, and work together to fix this well-intentioned, but flawed law." (
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "But we must also accept that once we implement the necessary security measures, it is not possible to remove all unlawful immigrants from our country and it is not in the best interest of our nation to try to do so." (
  • "[…] we must not grant amnesty to anyone who is here illegally. While we recognize that most immigrants who are in our country today are hard working people who came to build a better life, we should not give any advantage in seeking citizenship to those who are residing here illegally." (
  • "In the years since amnesty was granted to illegal immigrants in 1986, illegal immigration has soared, and there are now an estimated 12 million people living illegally in our country. A policy that fails to learn from this history is doomed to repeat it. We need to defend American workers, not force them to compete in a race to the bottom with people who have violated our laws." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act would help preserve the most basic rights of all Americans: the right to religious liberty and the rights of conscience. The idea that individuals, churches and institutions could be penalized for not endorsing a practice in opposition to their core beliefs goes against the fundamental principles espoused by our founding fathers." (
  • "[…] I have always opposed government recognition of gay marriages and continue to do so […]" (
  • The Hill "Nine Democrats who voted in 2011 to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal benefits to gay couples haven't publicly changed their positions: Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Sanford Bishop (Ga.), Henry Cuellar (Texas), Gene Green (Texas), Dan Lipinski (Ill.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Nick Rahall (W.Va.)." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I agree that ISIL presents a serious threat to the U.S. and its allies in the region, and that we must continue to confront them and work to end their inhuman conduct." (
  • "I support the Administration's decision to begin air strikes against ISIL, although I believe that congressional approval should be sought if this campaign is to continue." (
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

  • Rated 92% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "We must help grow American jobs, improve our transportation system, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, fix our broken healthcare system, honor our veterans, and put our fiscal house in order." (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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