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Al Green's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 9, Democratic
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Al Green 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

  • Signed a letter stating "Family planning programs are a sound economic investment that help women help themselves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/650670/letter-to-president-obama#.VZK2G3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
No 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 can really help low to moderate income families by giving them a tax credit, which can either reduce their tax liability or increase their tax refund. In turn, families can use their refundable credit to not only purchase food, clothing and shelter, but to also meet their healthcare and educational needs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/492834/congressman-al-green-helps-taxpayers-file-for-earned-income-tax-credit#.VZK3DXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 360 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
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.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, our nation is laying a new foundation for economic growth with a special emphasis on sectors that will be decisive in the near future, such as education, clean energy, transportation and infrastructure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485249/congressman-al-green-praises-the-effects-of-the-recovery-act-in-the-houston-area#.VZK623UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Very simply, we support transportation an infastructure investment because our economy needs a national system to safely move people and deliver goods from place to place." http://hultgren.house.gov/sites/hultgren.house.gov/files/2015-02-11_Letter_Long_Term_Highway_Trust_Fund_Solution.pdf (hultgren.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 360 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • "A key component of sustained economic growth is the extension of the current tax rates for middle class Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/769195/the-impending-fiscal-cliff-negotiations-and-the-extension-of-tax-cuts-for-the-middle-class#.VZK42XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our public school systems are inundated with issues, from the lack of resources to adequate professional support for our educators. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to address the concerns of educators and administrators and to increase the level of funding so that our deserving children will not suffer as a result of a constrained fiscal budget." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853586/issue-position-education#.V9hgRXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761081/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=xl#.VZK9h3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbFLOHV3k1M (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

  • Signed a letter stating "As you continue to draft renewable energy tax legislation, we urge you to take all efforts to ensure that the tax credits create American jobs and put American manufacturing back to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/513655/letter-to-sander-levin-chairman-committee-on-ways-and-means-and-david-camp-ranking-member-of-the-ways-and-means-committee-provisions-in-renewable-energy-tax-legislation#.VbFN4XV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "The budget also continues support for the goal of achieving energy independence by investing in American-made renewable energy, which will create new green collar jobs, as well as by increasing funding for new green technology and energy efficiency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/450264/congressman-al-green-votes-to-pass-budget-that-will-get-americas-economy-back-on-track#.VZK6RXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "The United States cannot stand on the side lines. It must take urgent and decisive enforcement action to secure a level playing field for fair competition for green technology manufacturers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566542/letter-to-the-president#.VZK-YXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VbFQBXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I was proud to cast a vote for the Affordable Care Act designed to end unfair discrimination based on gender, preexisting conditions, employment status, and age when obtaining health insurance. It is my sincere hope that today's ruling will enable the U.S. to continue making progress towards providing comprehensive and affordable healthcare for all Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712752/congressman-al-greens-statement-on-the-supreme-courts-ruling-on-the-affordable-care-act#.VZLAoHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Health care now is affordable by working people, and we want every working person to know that they can get help to get health care. And even if you're not working, you can still get help to get your health care." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960329/chroncom-houston-leaders-make-enrollment-push-before-obamacare-deadline#.VZLAJXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I support providing a path to citizenship for law-abiding persons who are willing to die in service to our great country; who have lived in, and called this country "home,' since they were children, and for whom we as a nation are willing to allow to make such a supreme sacrifice. I thank Senator Durbin for holding a hearing to make the DREAM Act a reality." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/621106/grijalva-joined-by-broad-cross-section-of-members-of-congress-in-praising-yesterdays-first-ever-senate-hearing-on-the-dream-act#.VZK8xHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support reforms that would include permanent legal status for those who are living here, working hard, and paying taxes, reduce the backlog in family-based immigration, and decrease delays in business-based immigration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374636/issue-position-immigration#.VZLBbnUVhHx (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/49680/al-green/76#.VbFetHV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "They limit marriage rights and the right to remain married when crossing state lines. They impose countless burdens and indignities on an identifi able and disfavored class—gay and lesbian couples and their children. And they serve no legitimate governmental objective." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "By replicating the success of Securing the Cities in more places like Houston, we can bolster law enforcement capabilities to combat potential terrorist activity and protect our communities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/479876/congressman-al-green-votes-to-approve-legislation-to-secure-urban-areas-against-terrorist-threats#.VZLDKXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "If you wish to examine violent extremism, we ask that you do so by examining violence motivated by extremist beliefs in all its forms. Singling out one religious group and blaming the actions of individuals on an entire community is not only unfair, it is unwise – and it will not make our country any safer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/594573/letter-to-pete-king-us-representative-house-homeland-security-committee-chairman-homegrown-terrorism#.VZLC3HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • "It is clear that there is a long-term challenge to Social Security […] We cannot afford to permanently privatize a system that over 33 million seniors rely on and that is predicted to be solvent for another 50 years." http://algreen.house.gov/issue/social-security (algreen.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566228/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-social-security#.VbFjHnV3k1M (votesmart.org)

Key

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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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