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Don Payne, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 10, Democratic
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Don Payne, Jr. 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, 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

  • "Empowering women and girls to determine the number and timing of their pregnancies directly impacts their well-being and the health of their communities." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood (
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

  • "Tea Party extremists want you to believe that the whole system is inches from collapse. In reality, the system will be safe for decades if Congress insists that the wealthy to pay their fair share." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Instead of immediately incarcerating those who commit drug-related crimes, more efforts should be devoted to rehabilitation." (
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.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "[...] I think many are now saying that economic stimulus did not work. That's like an automobile that has a reckless driver and does not take all safety precautions and wrecks the car. We have a whole new team. We have a new driver. We have someone who has thought things out clearly. And I voted against the first bailout because it was a lot of pie in the sky, giving money to Wall Street, the people who had created the problem in the first place." (
  • "President Obama's stimulus bill kept us out of a depression, but we're still in a jobs crisis. I'll fight for more stimulus spending until people are back to work and family economies are more stable." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In an effort to protect New Jersey's middle class from massive tax increases, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) led a bi-partisan letter to Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to ensure that any deal to avert drastic spending cuts and tax increases at the end of the year also include a mechanism to raise the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) eligibility floor." (
  • "Undermining Economic Security and Stifling Economic Growth: […] Under the Ryan Republican budget, the wealthiest citizens would receive a tax cut, while middle class families would see a $2,000 tax increase." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Ending No Child Left Behind and Fighting for School Funding: George W. Bush created No Child Left Behind as a program that punished public schools when they didn't meet unrealistic expectations. Its obsession with testing has had a negative impact on curricula in terrorized schools that are forced to teach to the test. While some kinds of assessment are necessary, we need more holistic approaches. I'll fight to get federal funds to public schools, and to end No Child Left Behind." (
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" (
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

  • "My bill, the Green Jobs Act, is part of that plan and will expand access to capital for small businesses to create good-paying jobs in low-income communities." (
  • "This legislation will expand access to capital for green small businesses to create good-paying jobs in low-income communities, where people continue to struggle the most. […] To turn the tide, we have to continue to out-innovate the rest of the world, but to do that, we have to create jobs for American workers that keep up with emerging industries. My bill does just that." (
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" (
  • "I strongly support President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon emissions and shift our nation toward renewable energy." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is about doing what's right by our families, protecting our children, and reducing the gun violence that persists in the streets of my district every single day. If Congress has the power to prevent some of this senseless violence, then we have a moral obligation to do so." (
  • "Our laws should keep guns out of the wrong hands, not make it easier for dangerous individuals to get weapons […] Our constituents deserve a vote on background checks, they deserve a vote on banning individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns, and we're not going to stop fighting until we get a meaningful vote." (
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I staunchly oppose any attempt to repeal Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act is essential to eliminating the health disparities in New Jersey, it ensures that women are no longer discriminated against and charged more simply because of their gender, and it provides critical access to preventative care like life-saving cancer screenings." (
  • "The Affordable Care Act is working for New Jersey families." (
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

  • "Over 11 million undocumented workers live in our communities. They go to our schools, and they work among us every day. It is time for Congress to provide these 11 million people their chance to come out of the shadows without the specter of deportation hanging over their heads." (
  • Rated 94% by the National Council of La Raza (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a brief stating "It is clear that DOMA does not rationally serve and, in fact, undermines, Congress's legitimate interests in the welfare of American families." (
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "Today we celebrate equality in New Jersey as the court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the state is long overdue." (
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, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (


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 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. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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