Key

The meaning of the abbreviations in the survey are listed below:

Dem = Democrat
Rep = Republican

D = Disagree
A = Agree

 

Questions

1. ASSISTED SUICIDE. Congress should not pass legislation to allow physicians to legally prescribe a dose of lethal medication at the request of patients with a terminal illness.

2. CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS.  Congress should pass legislation forbidding governmental bodies to discriminate against individual and institutional health care providers that do not perform, refer for or pay for abortions, such as the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act.

3. EDUCATION.  Congress should enact legislation that supports the ability of low-income families to choose the education best suited to their children’s needs, such as tax credits for business donations to organizations providing scholarships for K-12 students to attend nonpublic schools or the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

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. JUSTICE REFORM. Congress should enact measures that decrease incarceration rates and recidivism by reducing mandatory minimums and investing in increased rehabilitative services and re-entry programs for offenders, such as the Sentencing Reform Act of 2105.

 

Candidate Survey 2016: Congress

Election Day: November 8

Early Voting: October 27-November 3

Every election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys the candidates about their positions on issues of interest to Catholics. You can use the tool below to research what candidates for the U.S. Congress may have responded on our issue statements.  Just click on the office you wish to search below, fill out the fields on the new page that opens up and hit "filter."

The candidates were asked to either “Agree” or “Disagree” with a list of issue statements (see left side of this page).  No response to a statement means the candidate did not choose a position on that issue.  They also had the opportunity to add a comment if they wished.

The Maryland Catholic Conference does not endorse or oppose any candidate, under any circumstance, and no inference of endorsement or opposition should be concluded as a result of the information provided here. 

Party
Type
Name
District
18 records found
Joe Werner
D, House of Representatives, District: 1

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
I feel I best represent the interest of maryland families and as a catholic understand Catholic interest. I have a good moral core and judgement .
Andy Harris
R, House of Representatives, District: 1

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: blank
5. Justice Reform: blank

Comments:
I am one of the pro-life leaders in the US House of Representatives. Because of my strong pro-life record, I was appointed by the Speaker of the House to be one of only eight Republicans and one of two physicians to sit on the Special Investigative Panel looking into the disturbing issues raises in the Planned Parenthood videos. I am also the lead sponsor of the bill banning human cloning, and of the amendment that prohibits federal funds to be used to pay for abortions by government-administered health insurance plans.
Pat McDonough
R, House of Representatives, District: 2

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: D
5. Justice Reform: D

Comments:
I am a Maryland State Delegate who has always supported your agenda and will continue to do so when I am elected to Congress. I have also discussed pro life issue's on my radio show and did commentary's on various television stations.
Mark Plaster
R, House of Representatives, District: 3

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: D
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
When I volunteered to go to Iraq with the Marines at the tender age of 50, I was asked a similar line of questions. Why? Especially why now? The answers are surprisingly similar. First, I have a deep love of my country and a desire to serve her. And second, I had a critical wartime skill, over 20 years of experience in emergency medicine/trauma. Today I am seeing, as many Marylanders have, that we desperately need legislators who had real world, outside the Washington bubble, life skills. Governor Larry Hogan set the precedent for my campaign. He, too, was not a politician, but rather a successful citizen businessman. Timing is everything, and 2016 is going to be a pivotal year, particularly as we deal with problems of national security, rebuilding the economy, especially small business, and finding sustainable solutions in healthcare. The people of Maryland are looking for real, practical answers from people with real, practical experiences. I’ve had successful careers in medicine, business, and the military. I am not looking for another career in politics. But I know, now more than ever, time is crucial and the risk to our nation is significant. I look at my grandchildren and realize that if I want them to be safe and to have the opportunities that I had, I need to step up and make sure that I do what I can to make that happen.
George E. McDermott
R, House of Representatives, District: 4

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
If I am fortunate enough to be nominated as your representative in Congress. I pledge to work to preserve our democracy with other honored members house of representatives, or to demand public servants in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of our government, state and federal adhere to the principles of the rule of law, which are codified in the 50 volumes of our Constitution and declaration of rights. We must fight to preserve the promise of our founding fathers for future generations. A vote for McDermott is a vote for honest services background@secretjustice.com and GeorgeMcDermott 2016.com
Mark Arness
R, House of Representatives, District: 5

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
As a practicing Catholic, third degree Knight of Columbus and family physician, I stand for traditional family values, Constitutional rights and am ardently pro-life! I took the Hippocratic oath to protect and preserve all human life, young and old, and will sponsor and vote for legislation to recognize that life begins at conception, nullifying Roe v. Wade, to protect all human life. As a doctor, I am keenly aware of the need for an abortion anti-discrimination act to protect doctors who do not perform these procedures from vilification, and cannot condone the practice of assisted suicide; who am I to judge when a person's life no longer has value? All life has value, even more precious at the end.
Amie Hoeber
R, House of Representatives, District: 6

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: D
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
Religious liberty is one pillar upon which America was founded. I believe that the federal government should not interfere in people's observance of tenets of their religious beliefs. If elected, I will protect the liberties of Maryland Catholics. For example, I support education tax credits for parents who send their children to private school. In contrast to my opponent, John Delaney, I oppose mandates on education and healthcare that can hurt Catholics.
Elijah Cummings
D, House of Representatives, District: 7

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: D
2. Conscience Protections: D
3. Education: D
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
I respectfully disagree with the rigid manner in which Questions 1,2&3 are posed. I am working for legislation that speaks to the center of people's lives - including a good education, health security, living wage jobs, a clean environment and human rights. I ask for my neighbors' continued support.
Corrogan R. Vaughn
R, House of Representatives, District: 7

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: D
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
My theme: “Putting People & Principles over Parties & Politics.” We are under-employed, over-regulated, over-taxed and overly in debt. We need statesmen who will move forward with proven policies and principles that work. I will be such a statesman leader and that’s why I am running. I will use the office to educate, expose, and eradicate the effects of bad laws and policies. I don’t plan to go along to get along.
Jamie Raskin
D, House of Representatives, District: 8

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: D
2. Conscience Protections: D
3. Education: D
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
I’ve been State Senator for a decade and constitutional law professor at AU for 25 years. I’ve led successful fights to increase the minimum wage, to repeal the death penalty and to restore former prisoners to the job market and the ballot box, and to protect our climate and natural resources. The Archbishop of Baltimore sent me a letter saluting my work on the death penalty and the Vatican sent me a photo of the Coliseum in Baltimore. In Congress, I would fight to increase the minimum wage, to revitalize the right to organize unions and collectively bargain, and to reverse the processes of climate change.
Dan Cox
R, House of Representatives, District: 8

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: D
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
I have vigorously defended the Catholic and Christian faith in court, in legislative testimony on behalf of the Catholic Conference and Alliance Defending Freedom, and in the halls of academia. As a Mount Saint Mary's University Political Science student, I worked very hard to study and advance policy in defense of life, and worked for my pro-life Congressman. As an attorney and member of non-denominational and Catholic alliance defense organizations, I have litigated in defense of life, liberty and the fundamental rights of conscience. I also worked hard to elect Andy Harris to Congress. As a former elected Town Council official, I know how to build bridges to advance just legislation that will preserve the public good while protecting the rights of all citizens and persons under the care of our laws. My position on the rule of law is to ensure a compassionate yet equal application of the law to preserve our individual liberty and freedom.
Chris Van Hollen
D, Senate

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: D
2. Conscience Protections: D
3. Education: D
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
Pope Francis's commitment to a more just and compassionate world has inspired us, and I am committed to action to confront our major challenges, from poverty and income inequality to climate change. I have plans to boost family incomes, invest in education, and protect Maryland’s environment. I’ve always worked to deliver results to those I represent, which is why Maryland Firefighters, UAW, and many others have endorsed me to do so for all of Maryland.
Kathy Szeliga
R, Senate

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: D
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
Kathy Szeliga is a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a small business owner, and a Marylander. In 2010, Kathy rolled up her sleeves and fixed Maryland from within, serving as a state delegate. Because of her hard work, Kathy was selected to serve as Minority Leader in the State House in 2015. If we want to get Congress working for us again and see real change in Washington, we need Kathy Szeliga.
C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger
D, House of Representatives, District: 2

1. Assisted Suicide Ban:
2. Conscience Protections:
3. Education:
4. Immigration:
5. Justice Reform:

Comments:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
John Sarbanes
D, House of Representatives, District: 3

1. Assisted Suicide Ban:
2. Conscience Protections:
3. Education:
4. Immigration:
5. Justice Reform:

Comments:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Anthony G. Brown
D, House of Representatives, District: 4

1. Assisted Suicide Ban:
2. Conscience Protections:
3. Education:
4. Immigration:
5. Justice Reform:

Comments:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Steny H. Hoyer
D, House of Representatives, District: 5

1. Assisted Suicide Ban:
2. Conscience Protections:
3. Education:
4. Immigration:
5. Justice Reform:

Comments:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
John K. Delaney
D, House of Representatives, District: 6

1. Assisted Suicide Ban:
2. Conscience Protections:
3. Education:
4. Immigration:
5. Justice Reform:

Comments:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE

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