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2020

Budget

1. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Yes

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Yes

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

2. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Yes

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- No

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

Trade

Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- No

Defense

Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Yes

Ohio Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
- Yes

Guns

1. Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- Unknown Position

2. Other or expanded principles
- 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.

Health Care

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
- No

3. Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
- Yes

Social Security

1. Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
- No

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Economy

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

4. Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

5. Do you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
- Yes

6. Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
- Yes

Immigration

1. 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

2. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
- Yes

3. Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

National Security

1. Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Yes

2. Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
- Yes

3. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Administrative Priorities

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.
- No Answer

Environment

1. Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

3. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Capital Punishment

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- No Answer

2. Other or expanded principles
- Our legal system needs major reform that reduces repeat offenders and rehabilitates offenders while protecting citizens.

Energy

1. Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Marriage

1. Do you support same-sex marriage?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

2. Other or expanded principles
- 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.

Afghanistan

1. Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
- Yes

2. Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
- Yes

3. Other or expanded principles
- I support combat operations in Afghanistan and President Obama's timetable for withdrawal.

Spending and Taxes

Spending

Indicate 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.

1. Agriculture
- Maintain Status

2. Arts
- Maintain Status

3. Defense
- Slightly Decrease

4. Education
- Greatly Increase

5. Environment
- Slightly Increase

6. Homeland Security
- Maintain Status

7. International aid
- Maintain Status

8. Medical Research
- Greatly Increase

9. Scientific Research
- Greatly Increase

10. Space exploration
- Maintain Status

11. United Nations
- Maintain Status

12. Welfare
- Maintain Status

13. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

Taxes

Indicate 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.

1. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

2. Capital gains taxes
- Greatly Increase

3. Corporate taxes
- Slightly Decrease

4. Excise taxes (alcohol)
- Maintain Status

5. Excise taxes (cigarettes)
- Maintain Status

6. Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
- Maintain Status

7. Income taxes (low-income families)
- Slightly Decrease

8. Income taxes (middle-income families)
- Slightly Decrease

9. Income taxes (high-income families)
- Greatly Increase

10. Inheritance taxes
- No Answer

11. Payroll taxes
- No Answer

Budget

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

1. do you support reducing defense spending?
- Yes

2. do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

3. do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
- No

4. do you support reducing Medicare spending?
- No

5. Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?
- Yes

6. Other or expanded principles
- 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.

Articles

Letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper - Spanberger Urges Pentagon to Protect U.S. Servicemembers Stationed Abroad Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar. 19, 2020

Dear Secretary Esper, We write with ongoing concern over the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, we write to ask what preparations have been taken to limit exposure to, and provide treatment of COVID-19 for U.S. servicemembers stationed in countries throughout the world. While the Department of Defense recently announced restrictions on domestic travel for U.S. servicemembers, a recent report indicated that the actual number of servicemembers infected is likely undercounted. Officials have attributed this to the fact that many servicemembers tend to be of younger age, and in good physical health, thus allowing them to potentially become carriers of COVID-19 without exhibiting the types of symptoms that would require testing. With more than one million U.S. military personnel stationed abroad, servicemembers remain at risk to exposure to COVID-19. While this poses a significant challenge, it is essential that action be taken to provide as clear an assessment as possible of how many servicemembers are at greatest risk. In two of the countries hardest hit by the spread of COVID-19, the United States maintains a substantial military presence. In South Korea, where there are nearly 28,000 troops stationed, there have been more than 8,000 cases. In Italy, which has seen the most cases of infections outside of China with over 10,000, more than 4,000 U.S. troops are stationed on 3 military bases, and is also the location of one of the few reported servicemembers to test positive. What is particularly troubling are the dangers faced by U.S. forces serving in Afghanistan. It was recently revealed that there is "no availability of testing" for U.S. forces stationed in Afghanistan. In addition to the dangers that servicemembers deployed to Afghanistan face on a daily basis, many of the nearly 13,000 forces deployed in Afghanistan are deployed near Iran, which accounts for the third most reported cases of COVID-19 with nearly 13,000. It remains unclear what is being done to prepare for the possibility of a spike in COVID-19 cases among U.S. forces in Afghanistan. This is unacceptable given the sacrifice servicemembers have already made during the nearly 19 year war in Afghanistan. While we understand that this crisis continues to evolve rapidly, it is essential that the proper actions be taken to address the danger posed to U.S. forces. This includes minimizing exposure of our nation's servicemembers, ensuring that testing is available to those who may experience symptoms, and that rapidly and efficiently providing the proper treatment to those who become infected. To that end, we demand that the Department of Defense provide a detailed report on what contingencies are already in place, what actions are planned moving forward, and what resources are needed to properly meet the needs of our brave men and women in uniform. This report should also address the following questions: How many servicemembers stationed abroad, including in Afghanistan, have requested a COVID-19 test, and how many have already been tested? What is the protocol for individual servicemembers that feel ill while stationed abroad? For those deployed to Afghanistan, what is the protocol for those that fell ill or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19? We thank you for your attention to this critical matter, and for your continued support for U.S. servicemembers.

Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Congressman Panetta Calls on Education Secretary Devos to Protect Students from Financial Impacts of COVID-19

Mar. 18, 2020

Dear Secretary DeVos: As the Department of Education continues to monitor the impact of the coronavirus on schools across the country, we respectfully request that you consider the ways in which we can mitigate the potential financial burden placed on students at higher education institutions due to the coronavirus. The coronavirus has quickly spread across the United States, with thousands of confirmed cases in every state in the country. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, college campuses across the nation are bringing students back from study abroad programs, canceling educational programming, and moving to online classes. Most recently, some schools have required their students to move out of their on-campus housing for the duration of their spring classes and relocate to other homes. While we recognize the utmost importance of keeping our students safe at higher education institutions, we are also aware of the financial burdens created by some of these safety measures. For example, some students have shared that they are unable to afford travel back to their permanent homes. In the hopes of addressing concerns such as these, we request that you work to identify how students may be reimbursed for any educational expenditures related to the coronavirus. As many students have already taken out loans to pay for their educational expenses, we encourage you to provide further clarification on the details of the student loan debt interest relief that was announced by President Trump and work with lenders, education institutions, and the students to ensure students are not left paying for educational benefits that they did not receive. We also request the department work with higher education institutions in order to guarantee reimbursements for housing expenses if students are forced to relocate to their permanent homes. Furthermore, it is critical that students are reimbursed for study abroad programs and tuition costs if their programs and semesters are cut short. It is critical that we protect our students' health, but we must also ensure the financial impacts of any protective measures do not fall on students. We thank you for your diligence in ensuring that the Department of Education has kept school and university administrators informed and prepared to address the coronavirus. We ask that you join us in safeguarding our students' health while also protecting their access to an affordable education.

Release: Reps. Ryan, Khanna Propose Cash Infusion Between $1,000-$6,000 to Help Working Class Americans During Covid-19 Crisis

Mar. 13, 2020

Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) proposed legislation to establish an emergency Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would provide a check between $1,000 and $6,000 to every American who earned less than $65,000 last year. More than three-quarters of American workers would qualify for this tax relief. Americans most likely to be impacted by the public health crisis -- including hourly workers, independent contractors, and gig workers -- would get a much-needed emergency boost during this economic downturn. The lawmakers' proposal would send checks to 200 million Americans within three weeks of the legislation's passage, followed by additional monthly payments for the rest of the year. Congressmen Ro Khanna and Tim Ryan urge leadership to consider their proposal for the third package of COVID-19 response legislation in the coming weeks. "In order to alleviate the economic fallout of the Coronavirus, we must ensure hard-working Americans have money in their pockets and are able to pay their bills," said Rep. Ro Khanna. "We must soften the blow for workers as large gatherings and events are canceled and hours are cut. A payroll tax cut is not sufficient. This plan is about providing real, urgently needed relief to middle and working-class families. If we can afford to pump $1.5 trillion into lending markets, then we can afford this solution to help every American. I am proud to work with Rep. Ryan to make this proposal a reality." "Nearly half of working Americans don't have the cash to cover a $400 emergency," said Rep. Tim Ryan. "As more folks are staying in and taking necessary steps to avoid spread of the coronavirus, more Americans will struggle to cover basic needs like rent, groceries, and medicines. We can't have Americans choosing between losing a paycheck or a job and taking the necessary precautions to keep their families safe. This measure will minimize the economic fallout for hard-working Americans so we can all focus on getting our country healthy again." "We've been in a health crisis, and now we're also on the brink of an economic crisis," said Natalie Foster, co-chair of Economic Security Project. "The Fed just responded swiftly to shore up the banks, and we now must respond as swiftly to shore up American families, especially the working poor. We've developed a plan to give emergency money to the people who need it, and who will spend it, using a proven tool in the tax code."

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