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John Sarbanes' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 3, Democratic
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John Sarbanes 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/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720#.VhLmGnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Consistent with Roe v. Wade, our society must stand firm in its support of a woman's right to choose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/223975/issue-position-pro-choice#.VaW8XXUVhHw (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

  • "The Bush Administration's cynical tax cuts have divided the nation into the lucky and the left-out. It is time for a return to 'we-first' policy and escape the grip of Bush's 'me-first' politics." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/223979/#.VZLM6PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "There does not have to be a budget deficit if our leaders would have the courage to repeal the Bush Administration's irresponsible tax cuts." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/66575/john-sarbanes/#.VZLMbPlViko (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ('Stimulus Bill')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/23644#.VZK4jflViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2847 "Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ('Senate Jobs Bill')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/28969#.VZK81vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "If we are unable to reach such an agreement in the coming weeks, it will still be necessary to increase the debt ceiling. It is the only option to avoid a severe disruption of our economic recovery and ensure that the United States Government continues paying its bills on time and in full." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/616485/sarbanes-standard-paying-our-bills-as-a-nation#.VaW9dXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We can get our economy moving again by literally rebuilding America – schools, parks, roads and public transportation are in desperate need of repair. We can spark a resurgence in manufacturing – we can "make it in America" once more – if we rebuild here at home and invest in innovation and technology." http://www.johnsarbanes.com/issues (www.johnsarbanes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Recovery Act cut taxes for 95 percent of working families and provided significant relief to small businesses that were hit hard by the recession." https://sarbanes.house.gov/media-center/enewsletters/sarbanes-standar-tax-day-edition (sarbanes.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "As we continue to push for comprehensive campaign finance reform in Congress, we look forward to working with you on a critical rule change that will preserve the true societal value of 501(c)(4) groups and at the same time protect the American taxpayer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/874287/letter-to-daniel-werfel-acting-commissioner-internal-revenue-service-regulate-tax-exempt-groups#.VaW-OnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZKzuvlViko (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

  • "Congressman Sarbanes is also committed to investing in our energy infrastructure to relieve the congestion on our electrical grid and to create new energy generation capacity from renewable sources. Clean, renewable energy will help grow our economy, creating new jobs, saving billions of dollars in energy costs and reducing the detrimental impact of greenhouse gas emissions." https://sarbanes.house.gov/issues/jobs-and-the-economy (sarbanes.house.gov)
  • "In coastal areas, industrialized cities and on small island nations – and even in local communities across Maryland’s Third Congressional District – we’re already beginning to see the pernicious impacts of climate change. For this reason, we must commit ourselves to policies that help our nation reduce carbon emissions, become more energy efficient, and transition to a clean-energy economy." https://sarbanes.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/sarbanes-statement-on-pope-francis-encyclical (sarbanes.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In coastal areas, industrialized cities and on small island nations – and even in local communities across Maryland’s Third Congressional District – we’re already beginning to see the pernicious impacts of climate change. For this reason, we must commit ourselves to policies that help our nation reduce carbon emissions, become more energy efficient, and transition to a clean-energy economy." https://sarbanes.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/sarbanes-statement-on-pope-francis-encyclical (sarbanes.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VZK5PPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66575/john-sarbanes/37#.VaZi5nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66575/john-sarbanes/37#.VaZi5nUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On March 23, 2010, I was proud to join my colleagues in Congress and President Obama to advance groundbreaking legislation designed to make high-quality health care more affordable and accessible to millions of Americans. Five years later, I'm just as proud to say that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has greatly improved our nation's health care system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969456/sarbanes-statement-on-five-year-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.VaZjrnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181#.VZK6SvlViko (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

  • Rated 100% by National Council of La Raza http://votesmart.org/interest-group/956/rating/7579 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VZK65_lViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66575/john-sarbanes/76#.VaZkgHUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Today the Supreme Court made history by ruling that same-sex couples will now have their marriages recognized in every state. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made as a nation on this important issue. Our founders wrote that all people are created equal and now every American is able to marry the person they love." http://www.johnsarbanes.com/media/news/rep-sarbanes-talks-politics-and-policy (www.johnsarbanes.com)
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 believe the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is real and that the United States and the international community have a deep stake in addressing it. I recognize that humanitarian and international security issues necessitate efforts to combat this terrorist group's advance and ultimately to degrade and destroy it. That's why I support a strategy that would build a broad and diverse coalition of international partners to protect the US and its allies and meet the ISIL threat. While the US military can be used to stem the tide of violence, it is up to Iraqis and their Arab partners to create and ensure a long-term strategy for a safe and secure region." http://data.baltimoresun.com/voter-guide-2016/congress/congress.html?id=District3&race=congress (data.baltimoresun.com)
  • "I voted to provide the President with the authority to begin training and equipping Syrian rebels, provided that they have been properly vetted as moderate and reliable. I know how difficult that vetting may be, but believe it is worth the effort given how serious the ISIL threat has become." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/932241/newsletter-sarbanes-standard-the-situation-in-iraq-and-syria (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

  • "Any attempt to divert Social Security contributions to private accounts is simply wrong." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/223974/issue-position-social-security#.VaZlrnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "At a time when older Americans are less secure in their retirement and less able to afford quality health services, now is not the time to cut their benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/624286/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-protect-medicare-medicaid-and-social-security#.VaZl6XUViko (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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