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Issue Statements

1. EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS.  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 that provide scholarships for K-12 students to attend nonpublic schools.

2. POVERTY. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and other similar initiatives provide funding for millions of poor Americans who cannot afford to adequately feed themselves or their families. Congress should oppose attempts to reduce funding for these initiatives as a means of trimming budget deficits.

3. HEALTHCARE.  Congress should reject structural changes to Medicaid, such as a per-capita cap or other provisions, which would leave millions of people that rely on Medicaid, including many children, at risk of losing access to health care. Any modification to the Medicaid system as part of health care reform should prioritize improvement and affordable access to quality care over cost savings.

4. CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS. Congress should pass legislation, such as the Conscience Protection Act, to strengthen the enforcement of existing conscience protection laws by establishing a private right of action allowing providers who are discriminated against because of their refusal to perform, refer for or pay for abortions to defend their rights in court.  

5. 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.


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Candidate Survey 2018: Congress

Every election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys the state’s candidates for U.S. Congress about their positions regarding issues of interest to Catholics. The responses of the Democratic and Republican primary candidates are below. The candidates were asked to either “Agree” or “Disagree” with a list of issue statements (see left side of this page). "Did Not Respond" to a statement means the candidate did not choose a position on that issue. Candidates were also given the opportunity to provide a brief statement at the end of the survey on why Maryland Catholics should vote for them. 

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District
Office
party
Last Name
18 records found
Ben Cardin (D) (*)
US Senate
District:

1. Educational Options: Did Not Respond
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections: X
5. Immigration:

Comments:

Q1: There currently is a tax deduction for this purpose. Q6: In the Senate, I fight for issues of concern to Marylanders. I believe health care is a human right. I believe opioid addiction and abuse is a public health crisis and must be treated like other diseases. I am dedicated to ensuring protections against any form of discrimination. I will fight to protect our clean air and clean water. We share a common bond in wanting to lift up our community so everyone has an opportunity to succeed.

Tony Campbell (R)
US Senate
District:

1. Educational Options:
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections:
5. Immigration: X

Comments:

As an educator, and a charter school board member, I support school choice. Common Core and other national mandates on curricula must end. I am Pro-Life because I believe every life matters. I will work to lower taxes, to ensure sound fiscal management and to push for a balanced budget. Our veterans should not have to rely on a broken VA Health System to get the care they need. I will sponsor legislation to allow every veteran to get free medical care at any hospital of their choice.

Jesse Colvin (D)
US House of Representatives
District: 1

1. Educational Options: Did Not Respond
2. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
3. Access to Healthcare: Did Not Respond
4. Conscience Protections: Did Not Respond
5. Immigration: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Andy Harris (R) (*)
US House of Representatives
District: 1

1. Educational Options:
2. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
3. Access to Healthcare: Did Not Respond
4. Conscience Protections:
5. Immigration: Did Not Respond

Comments:

I have always been a strong supporter of pro-life and pro-family positions as a State Senator and in the US House of Representatives. I was the Co-Chair of the Pro-Life Caucus in both. I was the lead sponsor on legislation that would prohibit human cloning, legislation that would stop taxpayer funding of abortions, and legislation that would stop physician-assisted suicide in the District of Columbia. I strongly support crisis pregnancy centers, and oppose same-sex marriage.

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D) (*)
US House of Representatives
District: 2

1. Educational Options: X
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections: X
5. Immigration:

Comments:

I share many of the same priorities as the Catholic Church. I got into politics because I want to help people and now, more than ever, Washington needs champions for the poor and underserved. We must strengthen Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and ensure all Americans can access affordable healthcare. I am fighting to preserve tax benefits for charitable giving and ensure programs like Catholic Charities, Head Start and Meals on Wheels get the resources they need.

Liz Matory (R)
US House of Representatives
District: 2

1. Educational Options:
2. Poverty Assistance: X
3. Access to Healthcare: X
4. Conscience Protections:
5. Immigration: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Dutch deserves a stronger GOP challenger. I am a Catholic, under-40 Black woman of Filipino descent, JD/MBA, small biz owner, former Dem. I am Pro-Life. I am anti-Sanctuary now that I know the truth. Only woman in this race. Please get me through the primary.

John Sarbanes (D) (*)
US House of Representatives
District: 3

1. Educational Options: Did Not Respond
2. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
3. Access to Healthcare: Did Not Respond
4. Conscience Protections: Did Not Respond
5. Immigration: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Charles Anthony (R)
US House of Representatives
District: 3

1. Educational Options:
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections:
5. Immigration:

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Anthony G. Brown (D) (*)
US House of Representatives
District: 4

1. Educational Options: Did Not Respond
2. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
3. Access to Healthcare: Did Not Respond
4. Conscience Protections: Did Not Respond
5. Immigration: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

George McDermott (R)
US House of Representatives
District: 4

1. Educational Options:
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections: X
5. Immigration:

Comments:

I am a principal man who believes that the 10 Commandments is the foundation of all laws both in the United States around the world the international human rights convention should be ratified by the US and we must protect our citizens from abuse of process by our elected and appointed judicial officers who have become destructive to and upon their own means protecting corporate America over the rights and liberties of our citizens.

Steny H. Hoyer (D) (*)
US House of Representatives
District: 5

1. Educational Options: Did Not Respond
2. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
3. Access to Healthcare: Did Not Respond
4. Conscience Protections: Did Not Respond
5. Immigration: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

William A. Devine, III (R)
US House of Representatives
District: 5

1. Educational Options:
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections:
5. Immigration:

Comments:

Did Not Respond

David Trone (D)
US House of Representatives
District: 6

1. Educational Options: Did Not Respond
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections: X
5. Immigration:

Comments:

In Regards to Question 1: charitable contributions are tax deductible under federal law, and I support keeping it that way. On my values: In business, I have always prioritized service to others, and in Congress, I will do the same. My wife and I have given and raise money for many worthy causes including medical research, addiction treatment, services for people with autism, women's shelters, the performing arts, education, and immigration legal services through CLINIC.

Amie Hoeber (R)
US House of Representatives
District: 6

1. Educational Options:
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections:
5. Immigration: X

Comments:

My experience uniquely qualifies me and I am committed to representing the entire district. I believe in bipartisan solutions and, as one who has not held office before, I am not encumbered by partisan baggage. I am committed to working with all faiths to foster tolerance. When elected, I will work with the Catholic Conference to help them to achieve their stated goals. While we may not always agree, the Conference will always have a seat at the table.

Elijah Cummings (D) (*)
US House of Representatives
District: 7

1. Educational Options: X
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections: X
5. Immigration:

Comments:

I am asking for the support of all people of conscience. Q1, Since the Congress is not fully funding K-12 special education, I cannot support this proposed tax credit. Q4 – The concerns of those proposing the Conscience Protection Act are being addressed by the Executive Branch under existing law.

Richmond Davis (R)
US House of Representatives
District: 7

1. Educational Options:
2. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
3. Access to Healthcare: X
4. Conscience Protections:
5. Immigration: X

Comments:

I am a firm believer in limited government and lower taxes which are the best omterests pf all Americans regardless of religious faith. I am staunchly pro-life.

Jamie Raskin (D) (*)
US House of Representatives
District: 8

1. Educational Options: X
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections: X
5. Immigration:

Comments:

As a State Senator, I helped lead the fight to abolish the death penalty in Maryland, to abolish mandatory minimum sentences, to expand the Earned IncomeTax Credit and health care coverage, and to increase the minimum wage. My door is always open to my friends in the Catholic community on all matters and all issues. I love Dorothy Day and the Berrigan brothers, and I helped in the successful fight to reverse the forced resignation of Father Pat Conroy as Chaplain of the House.

John Walsh (R)
US House of Representatives
District: 8

1. Educational Options:
2. Poverty Assistance:
3. Access to Healthcare:
4. Conscience Protections:
5. Immigration:

Comments:

I'm running to try to add some "common sense and decency" to Congress. I am not an ideologue; I'm a middle of the road conservative who believes we have a responsibility to take care of everyone and to work together with other officials to that objective. I am not accepting any financial support from special interests nor am I aligned with any special interests. If elected, I am committed to listening, acting accordingly and providing the absolute best possible service to all constituents.

Key

Candidate information abreviation meaning listed below.

R = Republican
D = Democrat

(*) = Incumbent

✔ = Agree
X = Disagree