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Cedric Richmond's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (LA) - District 2, Democratic
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Cedric Richmond 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-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 http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35384/cedric-richmond#.V64Dt3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35384/cedric-richmond#.V64Dt3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose any measure aimed at limiting women's access to healthcare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1117230/issue-position-fighting-for-womens-rights#.V64EP3VTQfI (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

  • "This budget begins to balance the scales that have been tilted for so long toward the wealthy at the expense of our working class families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947974/rep-richmond-responds-to-the-release-of-fy16-white-house-budget-proposal/?search=wealthy#.VYrzmnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I am sad to say, Mr. Chair, that the Republican budget says that we are a country without values and lacking a conscience. The Republican budget makes severe cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, education, job training, and transportation so that it can fund tax cuts to the wealthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/968495/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016/?search=wealthy#.VYrzCnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Ms. Baker says: I pay my taxes responsibly with the understanding that I must pay more than those who earn an income less than mine. Ms. Baker is clearly saying that she makes a little bit, and she understands that she pays more than the person who does not make what she makes and who is not as fortunate as she is […] She says she also expects and demands that those who earn more than she should do the same and that those who make more than Ms. Baker should also pay their fair share, hence the concept of a fair shared burden of taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/616224/the-peoples-house/?search=fair%20share#.V64FHXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, I am committed to advocating for more reasonable gun regulations and reforming our prison system to save taxpayers money and give ex-offenders, those who have paid their debt to society, a second chance." http://richmond.house.gov/issue/stamping-out-crime (richmond.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "I write to applaud the Administration’s decision to modify Justice Department policy to ensure that low-level non-violent drug offenders will no longer be charged with egregious and draconian mandatory minimum sentences." http://richmond.house.gov/press-release/richmond-lauds-holder%E2%80%99s-efforts-implement-prison-sentencing-reform (richmond.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The budget proposal also improves workforce development and job creation, specifically through access to high quality training programs and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947974/rep-richmond-responds-to-the-release-of-fy16-white-house-budget-proposal/?search=wealthy#.VYr2ZXUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Putting Workers Back on the Job While Rebuilding and Modernizing America […] The plan would invest at least $490 million in Louisiana that could support a minimum of approximately 6,400 local jobs and modernize our bridges, highways and roads." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/642855/richmond-people-want-jobs-not-politics/?search=bridge#.V64GTXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The president and Congressional Democrats recognize the importance of small-business incentives and assistance. Augmented funding in the economic stimulus package -- which a Democratic majority drove to enactment two years ago -- increased the SBA budget and, in effect, raised American support for small business to its highest level in a decade." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/592691/roll-call-richmond-protect-loans-to-increase-exports/?search=stimulus#.V64F4nVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.V64KSXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I will fight to establish a long-term energy policy to make the United States less dependent on foreign oil through aggressive research and development in alternative and/or renewable energy sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/380384/issue-position-energy-policy/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VYsLNXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, I am committed to advocating for more reasonable gun regulations and reforming our prison system to save taxpayers money and give ex-offenders, those who have paid their debt to society, a second chance." http://richmond.house.gov/issue/stamping-out-crime (richmond.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35384/cedric-richmond/37#.VYriM3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As you can see, we have come a long way and I am committed to fighting my Republican colleagues, whose single focus is to repeal all the work we have done. Together we will continue pressing forward to expand quality, affordable health care access for all Americans." http://richmond.house.gov/issue/advocating-comprehensive-health-care-reform (richmond.house.gov)
  • "In March 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act implementing measures that have prioritized health care like never before. These comprehensive reforms have empowered hardworking families to make sound choices concerning their health instead of accepting unjust terms dictated by insurance companies. I continue to fight on behalf of those individuals who aren’t looking for a handout but just a level playing field when it comes to health care." http://richmond.house.gov/issue/advocating-comprehensive-health-care-reform (richmond.house.gov)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A person's decision concerning who they commit their life to should be respected regardless of gender, race, or sexual preference. Our collective goal as Americans should be to strive to treat all people with decency and fairness." http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/04/on_the_hill_richmond_stand_on.html (www.nola.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? 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 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 98% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35384/cedric-richmond/53 (votesmart.org)

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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

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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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