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Kurt Schrader

Kurt Schrader's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Kurt Schrader
Office: U.S. House (OR) - District 5, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Martha; 5 Children: Maren, Clare, Steven, Ryan, Travis
Birth Date: 10/19/1951
Birth Place: Bridgeport, CT
Home City: Canby, OR
Religion: Episcopal
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Kurt Schrader refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Kurt Schrader in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Kurt Schrader in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kurt Schrader. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "Congress and the American people have entrusted you with a great responsibility - ensuring the economic well-being of our nation and the creation of jobs. This is no simple task and will require both bold decisions and fair compromises. We understand that you will consider many options when it comes to reaching the benchmarks set by Congress. But too often, when it has come time to reduce spending, the most vulnerable - the working poor and the middle class - have been asked to bear most of the sacrifice. Fortunately, there are other alternatives. To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011," the bipartisan group of Members of Congress wrote. "With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there." Complete text of the letter and current signatories are below. "Congress must send a strong message that a token withdrawal is unacceptable," Congressman John Garamendi said. "Maintaining anywhere near 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, at a cost of $10 billion per month, is an ineffective strategy for fighting terrorism and an unjustified drain on our budget. Our brave troops have largely succeeded in driving out Al Qaeda from Afghanistan. Our troops in Afghanistan continue to fight valiantly, but they are now on the wrong mission." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. It Matters! 7 June 2011. "Last week I voted to accelerate the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. It's time to bring our brave warriors home to their families and spend that money creating jobs here at home. I have also introduced legislation to root out waste, fraud and abuse by defense contractors." (www.kurtschrader.com)
  • Kurt Schrader. Obama fails to convince most lawmakers from Oregon. 1 December 2009. "I appreciate President Obama's careful consideration as he came to this decision and his candor with the American people this evening. However, I have serious concerns about engaging in a military strategy that includes an increase of 30,000 additional troops deployed to Afghanistan. We have asked a lot of our troops over the past eight years and they have performed admirably and exceeded all expectations. I am concerned about the potential toll this could take on both our military personnel and our military readiness. I also have deep concerns about the Afghan government's commitment and ability to take over their own security and provide for the welfare of the Afghan people, as well as rooting out the corruption within their borders. In the end we should focus our efforts on pursuing al-Qaida instead of increasing our troop levels in Afghanistan." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Statement of War Supplemental Vote. 1 July 2010. "I conditioned my support for our efforts in Afghanistan a year ago on progress we have not seen. Afghanistan and the region are no more stable, there is only more corruption. Local tribes still have little allegiance to a weak central government. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to collude with the enemy. The United States needs an exit strategy. We cannot bear the burden for the Afghans alone. Enough is enough." (schrader.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kurt Schrader. Catastrophic Cuts. 11 March 2011. "I offered a proposal during the debate that would have cut our budget by about $22 billion. It is kind of a nice intermediate approach as I see it from where the Senate is and where our colleagues started. It also looks at the defense budget. I am a huge supporter of our warriors overseas and in this country. They do great things, whether it is a local disaster or a serious problem abroad. But we have to look at the contracting and the weapons procurement programs. Secretary Gates has been very, very clear that there is lots of room, lots and lots of room for improvement there." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Opposes Efforts to Privatize Medicare in Ryan Budget. 12 April 2011. "I have consistently opposed efforts to privatize vital programs like Medicare and Social Security. We have to work together to address our long-term fiscal problems but I will not compromise the livelihoods of Oregon seniors. We need to have a serious conversation about our fiscal situation: including real defense spending reductions, tax reform for working class Americans, and protecting our entitlement programs from the massive cuts that will occur if we do nothing." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Solving our Fiscal Problems. 25 October 2011. "A lot of people say let's just cut defense or get rid of the Department of Education. I'm not sure that I agree with all of those ideas out there. Certainly we could reduce in both of those Departments; that's a good idea." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. It Matters! 7 June 2011. "Last week I voted to accelerate the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. It's time to bring our brave warriors home to their families and spend that money creating jobs here at home. I have also introduced legislation to root out waste, fraud and abuse by defense contractors." (www.kurtschrader.com)
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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 13 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Pope. The Oregonian: Debt ceiling forces Oregon's lawmakers to confront the taxing question of taxes. 8 July 2011. "Schrader would be happy eliminating or sharply reducing nearly all loopholes, then lowering tax rates. In any agreement to raise the debt ceiling, Schrader wants a dollar in higher taxes for every $2 in spending cuts." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • Kurt Schrader. Eliminate Bush Tax Cuts: The Bush Tax Cuts have benefitted the top income brackets and have not supplied the economic stimulus they were intended to provide. 12 July 2012. "Eliminate Bush Tax Cuts: The Bush Tax Cuts have benefitted the top income brackets and have not supplied the economic stimulus they were intended to provide." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Recovery package will help stabilize economy. 23 February 2009. "Faced with these facts, job creation and retention is critically important, and this package will deliver. It creates construction jobs with ambitious investments in infrastructure, it creates jobs in green industries by investing in renewable energy and it saves thousands of Americans from joining the unemployment lines." (schrader.house.gov)
  • Kurt Schrader. Rhetoric to Reality. 5 February 2011. "President Obama also proposed a renewed commitment to investing in infrastructure projects like roads and bridges. Small businesses and large businesses continue to suffer a competitive disadvantage to their global competitors because we haven't made meaningful investments in our infrastructure system in decades. Investments in infrastructure create jobs now and encourage more job growth in the future." (www.kurtschrader.com)
  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Makes Request of House Leadership on Economic Stimulus Priorities for Oregon. 15 January 2009. "Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) yesterday sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer regarding the economic stimulus package. Schrader asked the House leadership to consider certain aspects of the stimulus that are critical to the economic recovery of his district and Oregon as a whole." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Kurt Schrader a rating of 15 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Works To Cut Taxes On Small Business Owners. 19 March 2009. "Congressman Kurt Schrader today signed on as cosponsor of the Small Business Formation and Job Creation Act (HR 1552). This bill would cut taxes for entrepreneurs who start small businesses. HR 1552 increases the new business start-up deduction from $5,000 to $20,000 in the hopes of freeing up additional capital for job creation and investments." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader introduces tax relief package to help Oregon small businesses and families. 15 October 2009. "Small businesses are the job creators in our economy. This bill streamlines the tax process that often puts an undue burden on entrepreneurship allowing small businesses to put these savings back into the economy. That means hiring more workers, expanding their businesses, and helping rebuild our economy." (schrader.house.gov)
  • Kurt Schrader. The Salem Statesman Journal - Tax Code Changes Can Ease Burden On Small Business. 31 May 2009. "Small businesses are the backbone of Oregon's economy as they provide jobs for 57 percent of employed Oregonians. They are also the first to suffer when the economy turns sour [¦] Tax regulations should not be such a stumbling block. Just as important, we need to be sure small business owners are aware of every incentive available to them." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. I Put Oregon First, Always. 27 October 2010. "At the same time I'm fighting to help small businesses create jobs. As the chairman of the finance and lending subcommittee on small business I wrote, introduced and passed a bill supporting $44 billion in new tax credits and lending opportunities and cutting bureaucratic red tape to help small businesses create or save an estimated 1.3 million jobs." (www.kurtschrader.com)
  • Kurt Schrader. Recovery package will help stabilize economy. 23 February 2009. "Fourth, the recovery package provides targeted tax cuts, credits and rebates for businesses and individuals. The package is estimated to create $21 billion in new investments and lending for American small businesses alone. Ninety-five percent of Oregonians will see some tax relief to help them weather these difficult times and keep food on the table." (schrader.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Kurt Schrader. Issue Position: Kurt Schrader's Leadership on Education. 9 November 2011. "Kurt works hard to ensure that the most money possible goes to Oregon's classrooms. One way he did that was by bringing stronger accountability to state government: he introduced performance based budgeting while forcing every agency to prioritize programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Statesman-Journal - Candidates Air Their Differences at Forum. 23 September 2008. "You don't want to get rid of it [No Child Left Behind]. You want to reform it to make it do what it should do." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kurt Schrader. Oil Drilling off the Oregon Coast? 29 June 2011. "Oregonians have consistently opposed efforts to drill off our coast. We value our coastline and the huge economic boost it is for our state too much to risk a Gulf of Mexico-style disaster." (www.kurtschrader.com)
  • Kurt Schrader. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Shrader, Defazio, and Wu Fight to Prohibit Drilling of Oregon Coast. 21 June 2011. "'As representatives of one of the West Coast's most scenic coastlines we will always fight to protect it,' said Schrader. 'Oregon has more than 363 miles of scenic coastline, countless marine wildlife, and an economy which relies heavily on our fisheries and coastal tourism. Oregonians oppose drilling off our coast line and Congress must respect that position.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Kurt's Statement on "Use It or Lose It." 9 November 2011. "We can't drill our way out the energy problems we are facing. However, companies should take advantage of the leases they have while we work on long term solutions to our energy needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kurt Schrader. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Issue Position: Kurt Schrader's Environmental Protection Plan. 9 November 2011. "Kurt Schrader believes the key to curbing the effects of global warming is to significantly reduce our carbon emissions. Kurt will support significant increases in fuel efficiency standards and strong reduction requirements for carbon emissions. Kurt also believes a strong investment in renewable energy is a key component of reversing global climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Statement on the Energy Tax Prevention Act, H.R. 910. April 7 2011. "However, I have a fundamental belief that regulation of greenhouse gases should be done at the direction of Congress through the passage of comprehensive legislation and not unilaterally through the Administration. That's a major reason why I supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act in 2009---the most significant climate bill in American history. I'm proud of my environmental record since I came to Congress. I have a lifetime score of almost 90% from the League of Conservation voters. Last year I was named an "OLCV hero" for casting a key vote for the most significant clean energy law to ever pass the U.S. House and passing legislation out of the House protecting the Molalla River. I will continue to push for more investments in renewable energy sources and other opportunities to reduce carbon emissions." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Kurt Schrader a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Kurt Schrader in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Reaffirming 2nd Amendment Rights. 28 June 2010. "Last year, the ruling of the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller overturned the District of Columbia's ban on hand gun ownership. As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I am pleased to see the Supreme Court's ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago build on last year's ruling and move to protect our Second Amendment rights in all localities. The Supreme Court's ruling in Heller applied only to the federal government. In City of Chicago the Supreme Court makes it clear that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments as well. State and local governments are permitted to pass common sense laws to ensure public safety, but they cannot simply ban gun ownership all together. With this ruling the Supreme Court has taken a significant step preserving the rights our Founding Fathers found so important." (schrader.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kurt Schrader. Rough Beginnings for the 112th Congress. 21 January 2011. "According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, repealing the health care law would increase the deficit by $230 billion in the first 10 years and by almost a trillion dollars over the following 10 years." (schrader.house.gov)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Announces Support for Affordable Health Care for America Act. 7 November 2009. "I am proud to have cast a historic vote today to overhaul America's failing healthcare system to improve the healthcare of all Americans. This bill prohibits exclusions based on preexisting conditions and ensures American families will no longer be one illness or job loss away from bankruptcy. It also protects America's senior citizens by fixing the donut hole sooner and allowing more drug price-negotiation to ensure seniors are getting the best prices for their medication. For the first time in our nation's history, we say that every American deserves access to affordable quality healthcare." (schrader.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Kurt Schrader. Statesman-Journal - Candidates Air Their Differences at Forum. 23 September 2008. "One of my opponents changed his position that he was going to send everybody (without documents) back. That is not going to work. The people are already here. If we send people back, that means 70,000 jobs in Oregon go away." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Statement on the Dream Act. 14 November 2011. "Our immigration system needs to be reformed, no question, but reformed in the right way. If we are to approach immigration reform in a piecemeal manner we will actually be making it harder to accomplish comprehensive immigration reform. Adding complexity to a broken system already in need of reconstruction will not make our job any easier. The problems with our immigration system are so large and significant that they need to be addressed immediately and together. We need to figure out how to address all undocumented people in our country, we cannot cherry pick certain groups and advance them ahead of those who have followed the rules to obtain citizenship. There is a human face to and national interests to address in the problems each group faces." (schrader.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Rollins. KGW.com: Testy 5th District debate: Schrader vs. Bruun. 22 October 2010. "They agreed that a marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Schrader said he would support civil unions at the state and federal level." (www.kgw.com)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 91 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Statement of War Supplemental Vote. 1 July 2010. "Al Qaeda has largely fled from Afghanistan, to Pakistan, Yemen, and many other lawless areas around the globe. Does this mean we should go to war with all these countries too? No, taking over entire countries is not the answer. We need to focus on hunting down the terrorists posing real threats to American citizens, not protecting Afghans from Afghans." (schrader.house.gov)
  • Kurt Schrader. Obama fails to convince most lawmakers from Oregon. 1 December 2009. "In the end we should focus our efforts on pursuing al-Qaida instead of increasing our troop levels in Afghanistan." (www.oregonlive.com)
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

  • Kurt Schrader. Fighting For Us. 23 September 2010. "I am committed to keeping the promise that Social Security will be available for Oregon seniors because they earned it. I strongly object to proposals that privatize Social Security and allow Wall Street banks to gamble, and possibly lose, these benefits. Even privatizing a small portion of Social Security is an unacceptable risk." (www.kurtschrader.com)
  • Kurt Schrader. Schrader Opposes Efforts to Privatize Medicare in Ryan Budget. 12 April 2011. "I have consistently opposed efforts to privatize vital programs like Medicare and Social Security. We have to work together to address our long-term fiscal problems but I will not compromise the livelihoods of Oregon seniors. We need to have a serious conversation about our fiscal situation: including real defense spending reductions, tax reform for working class Americans, and protecting our entitlement programs from the massive cuts that will occur if we do nothing." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)

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