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Hansen Clarke's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2012.

  • Hansen Clarke. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hansen Clarke. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hansen Clarke. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Hansen Clarke voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hansen Clarke. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hansen Clarke. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Hansen Clarke voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
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  • Hansen Clarke. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hansen Clarke. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Hansen Clarke in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
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  • Hansen Clarke. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
No Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
Yes Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.In order to balance the budget,

Yes do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
No do you support reducing Medicare spending?
Yes Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?
I support allowing President Bush's misguided tax giveaways for the wealthiest 1% to expire.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Yes Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yes Do you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
No Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Yes Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
No Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Yes Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Yes Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
No Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Yes Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
No Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Yes Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Yes Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
I would keep the option of using a military component as a last resort to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
No Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

SpendingIndicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decrease a) Agriculture
Slightly Increase b) Arts
Greatly Decrease c) Defense
Greatly Increase d) Education
Maintain Status e) Environment
Slightly Increase f) Homeland Security
Maintain Status g) International aid
Slightly Increase h) Medical Research
Maintain Status i) Scientific Research
Maintain Status j) Space exploration
Maintain Status k) United Nations
Slightly Increase l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Slightly Decrease a) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status b) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Status d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increase e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decrease f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increase h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increase i) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status j) Payroll taxes
I support applying the "Buffet Rule" to ensure that millionaires pay their fair share while reducing taxes on working people and small businesses.
I have three core priorities: passing bipartisan legislation to return approximately $10 billion in federal tax dollars to be reinvested in the job creation in our region, passing the Save Our Neighborhoods act to give struggling homeowners a chance to remain in their homes, and passing our Student Loan Forgiveness Act--which now has more than a million supporters in a national petition--to give Americans the purchasing power they need to jumpstart the economy. We can cover these costs by: accelerating our withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq, closing corporate tax loopholes, and letting President Bush's tax cuts for the 1% expire.

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