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John Yarmuth's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 3, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (KY) - District 3

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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 2018.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association (votesmart.org)
  • "After visiting dozens of schools, talking with students, parents, and teachers, and holding town hall events, I believe our country must reform the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) as soon as possible. We should replace the law's punitive structure with a positive system that provides the necessary resources and professional support to turn around struggling schools. We will not succeed if we continue to punish schools based on an often inaccurate one-time multiple choice test of a child's performance. Instead, we must develop a comprehensive system that evaluates the success of our children in many areas, while providing teachers with the resources and feedback to help students improve throughout the school year." (yarmuth.house.gov)
  • "We must develop a comprehensive system that evaluates the success of our children in many areas, while providing teachers with the resources and feedback to help students improve throughout the school year." (votesmart.org)
  • "As Albert Einstein once said, 'We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them.' Now is the time to change our thinking and focus on renewable sources of energy. That is why I have supported critical investments in biofuels, geothermal, solar, and other forms of alternative energy, as well as greater research and development in renewable energy sources, which is important to Ford, GE, UPS, and other Louisville businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Environment America (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe we have a moral obligation to protect our environment for current and future generations. We need to fight harder for cleaner air, cleaner water, and our natural resources. Our national lands are valuable resources, providing tremendous benefits for wildlife and recreation, and we must preserve our forests, lakes, rivers, and wildlife habitats. Scientific consensus indicates that global warming will have an increasing impact on our society and will contribute to droughts, floods, more extreme weather, and the erosion of our coastlines." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare')? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "Kentucky stands to lose more than nearly every other state if the Affordable Care Act is repealed." (twitter.com)
  • "On March 23, 2010, Congress approved and President Obama signed into law historic health care reform legislation: the Affordable Care Act. The law lowers costs, strengthens care, and -- once fully implemented -- will guarantee all Americans access to quality, affordable coverage while creating nearly 6 million new jobs in the health care sector. Under the law, no one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. More than 15 million Americans now have heatlh insurance, while more than 3 million young people have obtained insurance through their parents' plans. Hundreds of thousands of small businesses have used tax credits provided under the law to offer coverage for 2 million workers. And the law is saving seniors hundreds of dollars in prescription drug costs while offering free preventive services such as cancer screenings and routine vaccinations." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform (votesmart.org)
  • "The president just needs to get off of this absolute commitment to a physical barrier stretching hundreds and hundreds of miles." (www.facebook.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have long worked in the United States and established strong ties with our communities." (gutierrez.house.gov)
  • "For the better part of 2013, I worked with a bipartisan group of House Members to craft an immigration reform bill that promotes humane enforcement, provides a path to citizenship, secures our borders, and keeps families together. Comprehensive immigration reform ensures that every individual working and living here is paying taxes and contributing fully to society, which will benefit our economy and all families – the same way immigrants have driven our economy for the past 300 years. And by implementing a strong employer-verification system, comprehensive reform protects American workers and wages." (yarmuth.house.gov)
  • "Kicking out 800,000 DREAMers isn't just a complete moral failure, @POTUS. Terminating DACA also reduces GDP by $460.3 billion over a decade." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Americans for Safe Access (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter which says "The McClintock-Polis amendment prevents the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from prosecuting anyone for using, selling, or possessing marijuana in compliance with state laws - protecting the legal marijuana industry across the country from federal interference. The McClintock-Polis amendment has been offered three times." (polis.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I strongly support Israel's security and our Nation's commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by J Street PAC (votesmart.org)
  • "No escalation of military activity in Syria or the region can proceed without explicit congressional approval." (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-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
I believe efforts to have a more balanced budget must not come at the expense of seniors, the middle class, or our nation's most vulnerable. Instead of relying solely on indiscriminate cuts to investments critical to the American people - including Social Security and Medicare, education, infrastructure, veteran?s health care, and other key programs - we must take a more responsible approach that closes tax loopholes and asks the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
I believe any efforts to reform our tax code must focus on growing our economy and strengthening American families, while responsibly reducing our debt and deficits. Congressional Republicans just enacted massive tax cuts that overwhelming benefit the wealthy and large corporations at the expense of everyone else. These tax cuts have exploded our debt and deficits, and have done nothing to seriously address the challenges facing American families.
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
I support federal education standards that provide equal access to education for all students, which includes fully funding IDEA, providing Civil Rights protections, and advocating programs for low-income students. I believe we need to have a comprehensive system that evaluates the success of our children in many areas, while also providing teachers the resources and feedback to help students improve during the school year. There should be flexibility to allow a creative learning environment that truly provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in life.
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
I have visited the southern border and met with Border Patrol agents about this issue. They explained that a wall, fencing or other barrier is helpful for urban area crossings, where someone can disappear into the population in just seconds. They are not helpful in remote areas where border patrol has days to apprehend someone crossing the border before he or she reaches any populated area.
Yes Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
I do not believe this should be a federal matter. If there were a referendum on it in Kentucky, I would vote for legalization.
Unknown Position Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Unknown Position Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Diplomacy should always be exhausted before military force is even considered. I would only support the use of force if the possession of a nuclear weapon posed an imminent threat to the U.S. or our allies. There are numerous ongoing and complicated conflicts in the Middle East. Each requires an approach that responds to the unique circumstances of the conflict. We should partner with our allies to ensure that every effort is made to use diplomacy to resolve these conflicts. Ultimately, if the Administration wants to use military force, it must seek Congressional approval as required by law.
As the top Democrat on the Budget Committee, my priorities for the 116th Congress are protecting Social Security and Medicare, reducing prescription drug prices, and making a stronger commitment to education, job training, veterans? health care, infrastructure, and our economy. With a responsible and fair tax code, we can make these investments in our future while reducing debt and deficits. Additionally, I would continue my efforts to reform our campaign finance laws, fix our broken immigration system, and build on our previous successes to ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.

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