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Questions

1. LATE-TERM ABORTION. Congress should pass legislation that prohibits late-term abortions except to protect a woman from death or serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment.

2. CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS. Congress should pass legislation that ensures protections for religious and moral beliefs in the provision or purchase of health coverage.

3. NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS. The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act should continue the longstanding policy of providing educational benefits to students and teachers in private and religious schools on a basis equitable to those received by public school students and teachers.

4. IMMIGRATION. Congress should pass comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform providing a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the U.S., while preserving family unity and restoring due process protections to enforcement policies.

5. POVERTY. Congress should reduce future unsustainable deficits in a manner that protects poor and vulnerable people by adequately funding programs that address hunger and joblessness, and that help people rise above poverty.

Candidate Survey 2014: Congress

Party
Last Name
District
16 records found
David Banach, R, HR
District: 2

1. Answer: A
1. Comment: None

2. Answer: A
2. Comment: Religious groups should not have to sacrifice their beliefs. It is a protected right under the Constitution.

3. Answer: A
3. Comment: We need to make sure there are always other alternatives to public schooling. Just because they are private doesn't mean that the students who attend should be treated any differently than those in a public school.

4. Answer: A
4. Comment: We will not be able to deport 12 million illegal immigrants, and this country has a history of providing amnesty to them. We must reform immigration laws to make it easier, and faster, to become a U.S. Citizen. But we should also focus on securing our borders to protect against illegal immigration. An open border is a security risk to the citizens of this country.

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: It is sad to say that poverty will never be extinguished, but government must utilize its resources so that those less fortunate never go a day without food or shelter. American citizens should always be the priority of government.
Dan Bongino, R, HR
District: 6

1. Answer: A
1. Comment: None

2. Answer: A
2. Comment: None

3. Answer: A
3. Comment: None

4. Answer: D
4. Comment: None

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: As long as these programs provide the tools for an individual path to prosperity.
Chris Chaffee, R, HR
District: 5

1. Answer: A
1. Comment: None

2. Answer: A
2. Comment: None

3. Answer: A
3. Comment: None

4. Answer: A
4. Comment: legalization first than move towards citizenship but must enforce the boarder

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: None
Elijah Cummings, D, HR
District: 7

1. Answer: D
1. Comment: AS WRITTEN, THE STATEMENT EXCEEDS CURRENT 1ST AMENDMENT LIMITATIONS.

2. Answer: D
2. Comment: DISAGREE. EXCEPT AS TO CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, MOSQUES.

3. Answer: D
3. Comment: AS WRITTEN, THE STATEMENT EXCEEDS CURRENT 1ST AMENDMENT LIMITATIONS.

4. Answer: A
4. Comment: None

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: None
John K. Delaney, D, HR
District: 6

1. Answer: Did not respond to the survey
1. Comment: None

2. Answer:
2. Comment: None

3. Answer:
3. Comment: None

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4. Comment: None

5. Answer:
5. Comment: None
Donna F. Edwards, D, HR
District: 4

1. Answer: Did not respond to the survey
1. Comment: None

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2. Comment: None

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3. Comment: None

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4. Comment: None

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5. Comment: None
Andy Harris, R, HR
District: 1

1. Answer: A
1. Comment: I support banning late-term abortions.

2. Answer: A
2. Comment: I have been a strong advocate for the protection of religious liberties in the United States.

3. Answer: A
3. Comment: None

4. Answer:
4. Comment: As the son of immigrants, I understand the value immigrants bring to our nation. The President must take action to secure our borders before any change in immigration policies can be considered.

5. Answer:
5. Comment: The War on Poverty has failed and Congress must take actions to implement new policies that will help those less fortunate to achieve the American Dream.
Steny H. Hoyer, D, HR
District: 5

1. Answer: Did not respond to the survey
1. Comment: None

2. Answer:
2. Comment: None

3. Answer:
3. Comment: None

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4. Comment: None

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5. Comment: None
Nancy Hoyt, R, HR
District: 4

1. Answer: D
1. Comment: The question, as stated, doesn’t account for the ending of a pregnancy to save the life of the distressed fetus. Medical management of third trimester pregnancy can be complex. Both the lives of mother and fetus must be considered with decisions made by physician and mother, not the Government.

2. Answer: A
2. Comment: Congress should repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which does not ensure the protections for religious and moral beliefs in the provision or purchase of health coverage.

3. Answer: D
3. Comment: I support equal education opportunity for all and standards set through local State and County jurisdictions, not the Federal Government. I do not support the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act a.k.a. the Common Core curricula because it promotes political agenda over the educational needs of students

4. Answer: A
4. Comment: I support immigration reform but not as one huge comprehensive legislative package. Each issue should be separately addressed and written so that the Bill’s merits can be read within one hour. Identify the underlying causes of undocumented immigration, determine appropriate remedies, and enact measures that support and protect all people.

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: I support decreasing taxes and lifting Government mandates that hinder Small Businesses that have the proven track record for creating jobs, stopping wasteful Government spending, and improving administrative oversight of social programs that would ensure that monies go to the truly needy and not the greedy.
Charles A. Long, R, HR
District: 3

1. Answer: A
1. Comment: If it is determined that the baby cannot live outside the mother, such as tri-somy18, then an abortion could be performed if two doctors familiar with the case agree.

2. Answer: A
2. Comment: The Affordable Health Care Act needs some serious revision. People can claim religious exemptions when such exemptions are not warranted.

3. Answer: A
3. Comment: There is a lot of room for improvement of this provision ( this issue involves very complex matters of separation of church and state, vouchers are one of many options available.); careful accounting and enforcement is necessary.

4. Answer: D
4. Comment: Citizens of countries from Panama to Alaska over 16 years old should be issued work permits, but driver's licenses in their countries, allowed to work in the North American Continent, pay taxes where they work, but vote, by absentee ballot if necessary, in the country of which they are citizens.

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" has not worked.
C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D, HR
District: 2

1. Answer: Did not respond to the survey
1. Comment: None

2. Answer:
2. Comment: None

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3. Comment: None

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4. Comment: None

5. Answer:
5. Comment: None
John Sarbanes, D, HR
District: 3

1. Answer: Did not respond to the survey
1. Comment: None

2. Answer:
2. Comment: None

3. Answer:
3. Comment: None

4. Answer:
4. Comment: None

5. Answer:
5. Comment: None
Bill Tilghman, D, HR
District: 1

1. Answer: D
1. Comment: It is the job of the Church to teach people that abortion is unacceptable. It is not the job of government to intrude into these decisions. If you bring government into these areas sooner or later government will want to pass a law that the Church strongly opposes. Then what?

2. Answer: A
2. Comment: Religious institutions, acting as such, should be able to apply their moral beliefs to health coverage issues. Religions institutions acting in the public sphere, e.g. as large employers where religious affiliation is not required or expected, should follow the rules everyone else follows.

3. Answer: A
3. Comment: Pound for pound Catholic parochial education is a bargain and I will support it energetically.

4. Answer: A
4. Comment: We need to provide a path to citizenship. We must do so via a step-by-step immigration reform process which builds consensus as the process moves along. We have to have confidence that gradual steps taken over time will get us to our goal faster than a single jump which moves too fast and gives rise to unintended backlash.

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: Wherever possible government should invest in people to get them educated, back on their feet when needed and able to become productive members of society.
Chris Van Hollen, D, HR
District: 8

1. Answer:
1. Comment: I support a woman’s right to choose in a manner consistent with the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. I do believe we can prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce the number of abortions. We can increase assistance to pregnant women and options for adoption, and provide information about family planning.

2. Answer:
2. Comment: I support existing conscience protections for doctors and providers and agree with Carol Keehan and the Catholic Health Association, who were pleased that the Administration’s compromise contraception proposal would not require them to pay for contraceptive coverage. Under the proposal, insurance companies, not employers, are required to cover the costs.

3. Answer: A
3. Comment: Since 1965, our K-12 education policy has allowed for equitable services for students at private schools, wherein private and religious schools can elect to receive certain support services for students. I have supported the continuation of that policy.

4. Answer: A
4. Comment: None

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: None
Corrogan R. Vaughn, R, HR
District: 7

1. Answer: A
1. Comment: Agree partially -- abortion is always and everywhere intrinsically wrong (see: John Paul II).

2. Answer: A
2. Comment: Agree partially -- this is already part of the Bill of Rights (1st Amendment); therefore, any such legislation would be reinforcement of that right. In that light, I would agree with enactment of reinforcing legislation.

3. Answer: A
3. Comment: No additional comment

4. Answer: A
4. Comment: Agree partially -- any such legislation must include at least the following: 1. Securing the border -- first. 2. Screening of every such person -- in the interest of national security -- to determine whether he/she has broken any other federal or State laws while in the U.S., and/or whether he/she poses a threat to citizens, properrty, or country. 3. Provision for moving first to legal status, then subsequent opportunity to earn citizenship status.

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: No additional comment
Dave Wallace, R, HR
District: 8

1. Answer: A
1. Comment: We must work to create a society of life and understand how precious it is. That takes parents committed to these principles. And the church plays a critical role in that development in each person , and in each Family, and in our culture. Government should not inflict the IRS over churches and Church doctrine.

2. Answer: A
2. Comment: Government interference in Faith- based purchase of insurance and practices of faith for every individual, private business, and especially churches must be protected, as it is an encroachment that must not be tolerated. The first amendment protection must be enforced.

3. Answer: A
3. Comment: The Roman Catholic education I received has been invaluable to me and countless other students. Further, it is time tax credits be available to every parent who exercises their right to send their child to a school of their choice.

4. Answer:
4. Comment: Latin America is a great place. We must never assume we are superior to our brothers in Latin America. America is now seeing an unprecedented influx of undocumented persons. As has been documented, many are here with false documentation. But worse the children are being abused and raped by their couriers, and even ransomed. We saw murder of these children in Baltimore as retribution. We must engage with Latin America, and the reasons for immigration. Liberty must spread throughout LA for all God's children. Human dignity, liberty must overspread our entire Western Hemisphere. I will focus on this as my greatest foreign policy mission. I visited Venezuela in June to determine the underlying causes. And I found a nation that is spreading criminality throughout.

5. Answer: A
5. Comment: Today our country spends over a trillion dollars on means-tested welfare programs. Work is a critical part of Gods desire for man. We have too many mandates on the use of these funds by states, they would be more efficiently and effectively on the state level without the regulations being afixed. We should block grant funds to states, allowing the state all flexibility, minus one, that within each family an able-bodied person or persons get a job or training for a job. Paramount, all programs must promote self-worth and Human dignity, self-reliance.

Key

Candidate information abreviation meaning listed below.

R = Republican
D = Democrat

HR = House of Representatives

A = Agree
D = Disagree

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