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Tim Ryan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate (OH)


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Issue Positions

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  • "The Hyde Amendment is a tax on millions of Americans seeking abortion. It’s wrong and should be repealed. Access to abortion care shouldn’t be limited by your zip code, income, or health care provider. It is a RIGHT" (
  • "Tim believes that there are people of good conscience on both sides of the abortion issue, but that ultimately we must trust women, their families, and their doctors." (
  • "Women deserve to be able to make decisions about their own lives, bodies and futures, and today’s SCOTUS decision undercuts that sacred right,"" (
  • "You can be for raising taxes on the wealthiest people in the country, which I am." (
  • "This legislation is paid for by closing two tax loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans to avoid paying their fair share of taxes." (
  • "Tim has consistently voted against Republican plans to cut, privatize, and dismantle Social Security and Medicare." (
  • "Retired Americans have paid into these earned benefits their whole working lives, and Tim believes we owe it to them to protect that promise and preserve Social Security and Medicare for future generations." (
  • "This isn't a partisan issue. Eliminating barriers to the right to vote, guaranteeing clean and fair elections, taking money out of politics, and ending government corruption are critical to any functioning democracy." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "Bans chokeholds & no-knock warrants Requires officers to de-escalate & only use deadly force as a last resort Makes it easier to investigate & prosecute police misconduct Reinvests in our communities Makes lynching a federal crime". (
  • "We can’t solve a 400-year legacy of systemic racism with one bill. But the #JusticeInPolicing Act takes concrete steps to hold police accountable and make our communities safer right now." (
  • "I am proud to use my position on the Defense Appropriations Committee to craft this important legislation that gives our Armed Forces the resources and funding they need to serve and protect the United States of America and positively impacts our community -- including potential opportunities for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Youngstown State University and America Makes. This legislation provides a well-deserved and hard-earned 2.1 percent pay increase for our men and women in uniform. Further, I am pleased we are fully funding the European Reassurance Initiative where the Ohio National Guard has deployed," said Congressman Ryan." (
  • "I am proud to vote in favor of this legislation which will have a direct and positive impact in our community -- including opportunities for YSU, America Makes and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. This legislation reflects our commitment to the men and women who selflessly serve our nation in the Armed Forces by giving them the tools and training they need to protect our nation and benefits they so deeply deserve," said Congressman Ryan." (
  • "Tim believes that now is the time to invest in America -- in our roads and bridges, in our energy grid and rural broadband. These projects not only create jobs in the short-term, they spur economic growth by making it easier for businesses to create jobs and export their products." (
  • "American businesses and labor groups across the United States have come together and in a united voice called on Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill. Everyone agrees that our country has serious infrastructure needs and without action the American people and businesses will rapidly feel the negative economic impact." (
  • "While I am in agreement that we must simplify the insanely complex U.S. tax code and believe we need to reduce our corporate tax rate so our country can be more competitive in the global market, it can't be done in a way that passes along the expenses to the middle class, which is already squeezed." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6074 - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. (
  • "That’s why I'm fighting to provide student loan relief, increase unemployment benefits, expand support for small businesses, and give every American $2,000/month until this crisis is over. Now is the time to double-down. #COVID19". (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6800 - Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "Tim supports common-sense charter school accountability legislation and voted for education reform measures that empower states and school districts to close the achievement gap for disadvantaged students." (
  • "To curb our dependence, I strongly believe that the United States must reduce its consumption of fossil fuels and move towards an energy future in which solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable sources produce a greater percentage of our nation’s energy." (
  • "A national commitment to clean energy not only reduces our carbon footprint but also creates opportunities for new, good-paying jobs in communities across the country." (
  • "As President, that begins by rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. While Republicans are busy rejecting science and rolling back protections already put into place, every other country around the world is making real strategic investments in carbon emission reduction and clean energy technology." (
  • "The high levels of pollution we see today directly affect the health of millions of Americans; estimates show that this proposal will prevent 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 asthma attacks. There is no reason not to act now and work to prevent these harmful public health conditions from occurring."" (
  • "We've got to keep the heat on Trump and McConnell to pass comprehensive gun reform. We can't back down. The House passed #HR8 and #HR1112 back in February. It's time for the Senate to do the same." (
  • "This is what action looks like. #HR8 passed with bipartisan support. It's time we #EndGunViolence with common sense solutions." (
  • "Since Day 1, the Trump Administration has been taking deliberate action to sabotage our health care system. House Democrats are fighting back #ForThePeople to ensure every American has access to affordable and quality health care. #ProtectOurCare" (
  • "Nearly 5 million Ohioans and millions more across the country depend on pre-existing protections from the Affordable Care Act. This is why I won't stop fighting the Administration's efforts to undermine our health care and jeopardize the coverage of millions of Americans." (
  • "Republicans are pulling out all the stops to kill the Affordable Care Act and they have no plan to replace it. And they don’t care. Millions will lose health care coverage, including 50+ million with pre-existing conditions. We can't let that happen. We have to #ProtectOurCare." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "A wall across the entire southern border will not work. We need to invest in technology, bolster security at ports of entry, and identify weak points at the border. But taxpayers are not going to foot the bill for a vanity project that Trump promised Mexico would pay for." (
  • "$5.7 billion for an unnecessary, outdated wall is wasteful. We can put that money to integrate technology on our border, increase security at our ports of entry, and update existing structures. But taxpayers are not going to foot the bill for a vanity project." (
  • "We've got to be smart about border security, and a wall isn't the answer. We should be investing in technology, bolstering security at ports of entry, and fixing existing structures. #SOTU" (
  • "Proud to join my colleagues in passing the American Dream and Promise Act. This would provide DREAMers & TPS/DED recipients with a pathway to citizenship. They have built lives here: getting an education, raising families, contributing to our economy & enriching our communities." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We respectfully request that you continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and engage in a vigorous legal defense of DACA in light of the renewed threat of litigation." (
  • "The Iran Nuclear Agreement remains our best chance for lasting peace and nuclear nonproliferation in Iran." (
  • " I am convinced that this deal is the best way forward to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, ensuring the safety of Israel, and clearing the way for future interactions between the United States and Iran." (
  • "Not trying diplomacy puts us in a bad strategic position, moves us closer to military action and all but assures that, if necessary, we would be combating Iran with a very small coalition. I spent much of my career in Congress dealing with the mess that was created by the U.S. going alone into the Iraq war: the lives lost, the veteran suicide rate, and the trillions in national debt we accumulated and passed to our children. I do not want to make that mistake again. I want to try to make peace and only choose war as a last resort." (
  • "Since the start of the Iraq War in 2003, I've been fighting against this overly aggressive, neo-conservative foreign policy. Provoking a war with Iran would be irresponsible and reckless. This Administration should not go down this path." (
  • "Trade wars definitely =\= boon for hard working Americans." (
  • "I think that tariffs are a tactic that need to be utilized when China is cheating. And they do cheat. They cheat with intellectual property." (
  • "Pleased to see this news today. As I said from the beginning, these tariffs should have been targeting bad actors, like China and Russia, rather than our key allies. In March 5, 2018, I wrote to the President urging him for these exemptions --> " (
  • "China is cleaning our clock. We need to invest into the US and out compete them. Tariffs only get you headlines. Let’s build a new economy where we lead industries in new technologies and build the strongest middle class ever." (
  • "I’m tired of our farmers getting the short end of the Trump stick. We don’t need more Tariffs — we need an agricultural agenda that helps our farmers compete in the 21st century." (
  • "Looks like the Trump Slump is starting in Germany. Supply side economics + erratic trade policies = Trump Slump". (
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?
Women have the right to choose, and I do not support efforts to overturn the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision. I believe in measures that will reduce the number of abortions and support women while they are pregnant.
Yes Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
Yes Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
I support combat operations in Afghanistan and President Obama's timetable for withdrawal.

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?
No 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 measures that require all Americans to pay a fair share. I will not cut social spending while giving tax breaks to the super-rich and funding wars abroad. Balancing the budget must be a long-term priority.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Our legal system needs major reform that reduces repeat offenders and rehabilitates offenders while protecting citizens.
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?
Yes 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?
Yes 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?
Unknown Position Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
I support the 2nd amendment right to bear arms and responsible gun ownership. With that right comes a responsibility to make sure we keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
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?
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?
Yes Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
No Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
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?
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.

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Maintain Status b) Arts
Slightly Decrease c) Defense
Greatly Increase d) Education
Slightly Increase e) Environment
Maintain Status f) Homeland Security
Maintain Status g) International aid
Greatly Increase h) Medical Research
Greatly Increase i) Scientific Research
Maintain Status j) Space exploration
Maintain Status k) United Nations
Maintain Status l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Greatly Increase a) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decrease b) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Status d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Status e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decrease f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increase h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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