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Bill Foster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 11, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 11
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "Instead of legislation to create jobs, fix our broken immigration system or extend unemployment insurance, House Republicans are once again wasting time by attempting to limit a woman's right to choose," said Foster. "None of us can presume to know what complications may arise during a pregnancy, or all the circumstances surrounding a personal, medical decision to continue or to end a pregnancy. This is an inherently private decision that must be made by a woman and her doctor, not the government, and the United States Supreme Court has long recognized as much." (
  • "[?] I believe that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare." (
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The policies that President Obama outlined tonight - making college more affordable, investing in middle-class families, improving working standards, and closing tax loopholes used by the wealthy - return to the principles of the Greatest Generation that led to the strongest economic growth our nation has ever seen." (
  • Progress Illinois "We are asking those who make over $1 million to at least pay the same rate middle-class families pay, not continue to make the mistakes Congresswoman Biggert made by exploding the deficit and loading our children with debt to finance their tax giveaways," (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is no doubt that the stimulus has had a huge effect in halting and beginning to roll back the nationwide economic calamity that we were facing one year ago." (
  • Signed a letter stating "Very simply, we support transportation and infastructure investment because our economy needs a national system to safely move people and deliver goods from place to place." (
  • Rated 13% by Club for Growth (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The package is a combination of tax cuts and targeted spending specifically designed to save and create jobs and put money in the pockets of consumers. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also promotes long term economic stability and growth, a key to restoring consumer confidence in our economy." (
  • "Foster also spoke about the return-on-investment from to tax cuts for middle class families compared to tax cuts for the wealthy. If you give a dollar to a middle class family, they will spend it in the local economy and spur growth, or they will use it to make a high return investment, such as paying for their children's college." (
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Race to the Top is a promising initiative because it represents a significant new investment in education, injects more accountability into the system, and specifically focuses on underperforming schools. In relying on a wide variety of measurements and data--instead of an over-reliance on test scores-- it offers a way of actually evaluating what works and understanding what areas need improvement." (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "I am not opposed, in principle, to the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, and I look forward to the completion of the ordinary regulatory approval process for this project. However, I voted against this legislation because it would give the Keystone XL pipeline an unnecessary exemption from the environmental permitting processes, at a time when even the pipeline route is uncertain." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Environment America (
  • "For economic, national security, and environmental reasons we must begin to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and begin to increase renewable fuel options. To that end, I think we should continue to promote wind, solar, and geothermal options, and reduce subsidies to big oil companies." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Environment America (
  • "On Earth Day, I recognize that global warming is a problem we must solve together, and my co-sponsorship of the Carbon Neutrality Act is a small and important part of that solution." (
  • "Cap & Trade: Although many mechanisms can provide a market price for carbon emissions, Bill Foster prefers a market-based, cap & trade system to promote a reduction in CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions in the US." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence (
  • "I support common-sense measures like universal background checks to prevent guns from falling into the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • WTTW "Those who would repeal the bill have yet to explain how they would cover the millions of people who were uninsured before this bill passed - including the forty thousand who die every year because of a lack of health insurance." (
  • "Bill Foster believes that it is long overdue for all Americans to have guaranteed access to a basic level of health care at a reasonable cost. Most developed and many developing countries around the world already have systems for universal health care that have been in place for many years." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" (
  • "Under DACA, certain young immigrants brought to the country by their parents may apply for deferred action -- a temporary form of relief from deportation for a period of two years, subject to renewal -- and for work authorization." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This is an important moment for civil rights in Illinois. I am very pleased that Illinois has joined 15 other states in allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Everyone -- no matter who they are, where they came from, or who they love -- deserves equal rights under the law. Now it's time to take action at the federal level by fully repealing DOMA and recognizing gay and lesbian marriage nationwide." (
  • "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman but that gay couples should be able to receive all of the rights and benefits of marriage in the form of civil unions." (
  • "[...] I am pleased to see that the Supreme Court has upheld the ideals of our Constitution and struck down DOMA. While this is truly a historic day for members of the LGBT community across the country, we must continue to do everything possible to ensure equal rights for all of our citizens." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The trade-off is between the U.S. taking a strong military position of leadership in every area of the world where we might see something we don't like and the acknowledgment that we have finite military resources. Sometimes it may not be worth putting the lives of our soldiers at risk. There are clear examples where we got it wrong, like the poorly planned invasion and the after-game in Iraq." (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We cannot risk the future of Social Security on privatization schemes; instead, we must strengthen its long-term financial foundation." (
  • "After 13 years in Congress with a record of supporting the privatization of Social Security and Medicare, it's clear that Congresswoman Biggert's agenda is one that puts Wall Street above the middle class." (


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