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Kurt Schrader's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OR) - District 5, Democratic
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Kurt Schrader has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Kurt Schrader is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, 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

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (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. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Kurt Schrader in the 2012 general election. (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)
  • 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)
  • Kurt Schrader. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
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

  • 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)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (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)
  • 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)
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. 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)
  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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)
  • 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. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Kurt Schrader. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Kurt Schrader voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
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. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Kurt Schrader voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • 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. 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

  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Kurt Schrader supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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. 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. 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 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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Inferred Answer

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