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Bennie Thompson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MS) - District 2, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (MS) - District 2

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Issue Positions

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  • Signed a letter stating: "Birth control is health care, plain and simple." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • "Main take away from #AYearOfTrump? The only major bill passed by the GOP is a #GOPTaxScam that raises taxes on the middle class in order to hand massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest 1%." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 5% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Mississippi's Second Congressional District currently has a total of 128,304 beneficiaries that receive Social Security of which 18,182 are children. Privatization is a proposal that takes the hard earned money of hard-working people and puts that money into risky private stock accounts. Such uncertainty takes the security out of this social program and places in jeopardy the livelihood of these 128,304 citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm looking forward to voting for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act this week. This bill bans chokeholds, stops no-knock warrants, ends the qualified immunity doctrine, combats racial profiling, mandates data collection, and establishes new standards for policing." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am very pleased that Raytheon is growing its relationship with the State of Mississippi by building its T-100 training aircraft in Meridian. Mississippi's talent base is as skilled and prepared for high-tech manufacturing jobs as any in the nation and this is further proof of that," Thompson said." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "I appreciate the Administration's investment in Mississippi and their interest in our constituency. These funds will prove instrumental to improvements to infrastructure and safety on rural roads, as well as increasing job growth and boosting our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Main take away from #AYearOfTrump? The only major bill passed by the GOP is a #GOPTaxScam that raises taxes on the middle class in order to hand massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest 1%." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 5% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "The GOP spent all their time, energy & votes on tax breaks for corporations & the wealthiest. Now, they are too weak to pass children’s health, protect DREAMers, or pass a budget." (twitter.com)
  • "Therefore, I will support this legislation when it comes to the House. This legislation will make a large investment in hospitals, health systems, and state and local governments; implement unemployment insurance benefits; give relief for small businesses; and provide emergency education funding and eliminated income tax on student loan repayment assistance by an employer. I will continue working tirelessly to make sure families and workers are protected." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "While Congressman Thompson supports the ideal of high standards for measuring students and teachers, he believes it is imperative that public school districts receive the necessary funding that would provide innovative and educational tools to teachers, parents and students in their efforts to close the achievement gaps and raise achievement for all children." (votesmart.org)
  • "To create the next generation of clean energy jobs, make our nation more secure and reduce the pollution that causes global warming, Congressman Thompson and Congressional Democrats are committed to investing in our nation's clean energy future. By investing in renewable sources of energy and funding research on the next clean technology breakthroughs, Democrats are fighting to not only increase our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, but create jobs right here in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are deeply concerned about the White House's attempt to regulate CO2 emissions from existing power plants without appropriate factual analysis. We believe Mississippi has been treated unfairly and disproportionately under the Clean Power Plan compared to the vast majority of states." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write in strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, which would replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a far weaker rule that poses direct threats to both human health and the environment and undermine U.S. efforts to combat climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 86% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "But, again, for us to try to stretch the margin, that that is a Second Amendment right to bear arms, it is not any arm. Again, it is a killing machine. And if anybody has ever had an opportunity to fire one, which I have, it is not accurate at all; but it will spray a lot of bullets out and will do some killing, like we just saw in Florida and a lot of other places." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have joined my Democratic colleagues in a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. We must occupy the floor until there is action on gun violence. Shame on the Republicans for their inaction and refusal to protect American lives." (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "With the people of the Second District in mind, Congressman Thompson cast a vote against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "It was always a campaign fantasy that Mexico would pay for a wall along our nation's southwest border. Before even taking the oath of office, President-elect Trump is already signaling he will break a major campaign promise if he forces American taxpayers to pay for his wall. Unfortunately the Republican Majority is eager to help him and seems willing to ram funding for the Trump wall in must-pass government funding legislation, effectively holding the government hostage while surely adding billions to the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today’s reports from DHS show that with border apprehensions continuing to decline to a 45-year low, there is absolutely no need to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary border wall. The Administration can try to twist these numbers into whatever they please, but the fact remains that after unprecedented investments in border security over the last decade, the border has become harder to cross and fewer people are trying. Focusing massive, new government resources on a campaign promise would be a foolish and irresponsible exercise." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "I commend the President for taking this bold step to begin to bring change to our broken immigration system. This action, similar to those taken by previous presidents, is simply the right thing to do in the wake of inaction by Congress. It will help bring millions out of the shadows so they can more fully contribute to our Nation and our economy while allowing officials to focus limited resources on the small handful of individuals who pose a public safety or security threat." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Following thorough consideration, I have decided that I will support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action made with Iran. Although not perfect, the agreement will improve the security of our country and our allies and will curb Iran’s nuclear program for the long term." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are writing to urge that you do not withhold certification on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) absent credible evidence of a material breach by Iran. Some of us voted for, and some against, the nuclear agreement with Iran. Nonetheless, we are united in our belief that enforcing this agreement to the fullest extent will provide the United States with more leverage to stop a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program and push back on Iran's destabilizing activities." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a "quick" and "easy" military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Last night, President Trump told Americans everywhere his intent to deploy thousands of more U.S. troops to Afghanistan," Thompson said. "This is without a doubt, an act he certainly has not thought out. His careless effort to put American lives in danger will not aide in ending the war or bringing our troops home. Trump, yet again, is acting without a plan, causing the American people to suffer in the end." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, United States Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) released the following statement regarding his opposition to the trade legislation package considered by the House today. "As I did with NAFTA and CAFTA before it, today I opposed the Trade Act of 2015 and the underlying trade legislation package. "This trade package is merely a new deal with the same disastrous consequences for workers and rural communities." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 83% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
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-life a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yes b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yes c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yes d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
No e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) SpendingIndicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.2) 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.

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Maintain Status b) Arts
Maintain Status c) Defense
Slightly Increase 1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status 2) Military hardware
Maintain Status 3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase 4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status 5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status 6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase d) Education
Slightly Increase e) Environment
Greatly Increase f) Homeland security
Maintain Status g) International aid
Greatly Increase h) Medical research
Greatly Increase i) Scientific research
Slightly Decrease j) Space exploration
Maintain Status k) United Nations
Greatly Increase l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decrease e) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Status f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increase h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
No 3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes 4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
Yes 5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
No b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yes c) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yes d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yes e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yes b) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No c) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yes d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
No e) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
No f) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes b) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yes c) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yes d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yes e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yes b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
No c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
No d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yes e) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yes b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yes c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yes d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
No e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yes f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yes g) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
No c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yes d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yes b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yes c) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
No d) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yes e) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Yes b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yes c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yes d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yes b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yes c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yes d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yes e) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yes f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yes g) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yes h) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
No i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yes b) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yes c) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
No d) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Priorities for emphasis in my next term relate to economic development. I plan to concentrate on measures designed to strengthen the economy, provide economic incentives to stimulate growth in employment opportunities and to propose legislation designed to provide safety nets for employers, as well as employees. I envision accomplishing these priorities without the need for additional funds. Reevaluating current methodology and refocusing monies already budgeted for economic development should suffice.

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