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Kurt Schrader's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OR) - District 5, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
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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 http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720#.VZ7TBHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227#.VZ7TdnUViko (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "We need a complete revision of the tax code that gets rid of most of the tax loopholes that Oregonians rarely use, lowers the rates for everyone and puts revenue back on the table." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733975/schrader-pushes-for-comprehensive-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
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.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] I will continue to focus on responsibly and effectively reducing the federal deficit and our national debt, which will inject more certainty into the economy and spur investments that will create jobs and put our country on a path to even greater prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/840768/schrader-responds-to-the-state-of-the-union-address#.VabEfXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "By cutting government spending, simplifying the tax code and strengthening our entitlement programs we can effectively reduce our deficits using a comprehensive and balanced approach and achieve long-term fiscal sustainability." http://schrader.house.gov/reducing-federal-deficit/avertfiscalcliff.htm (schrader.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/462350/schrader-introduces-tax-relief-package-to-help-oregon-small-businesses-and-families#.VZ7XVXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a complete revision of the tax code that gets rid of most of the tax loopholes that Oregonians rarely use, lowers the rates for everyone and puts revenue back on the table. http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733975/schrader-pushes-for-comprehensive-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
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

  • "People misunderstand Common Core. The federal government mandates neither Common Core nor any certain curriculum. States can have their own standards as long as they are equal to or higher than the Common Core standards. States, and often local school districts, choose their own curriculum." http://schrader.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=390359 (schrader.house.gov)
Yes 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" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone bill moves the pipeline off the aquifer; runs next to an existing pipeline; met the State Department's original environmental review and Nebraska's concerns; takes many dangerous oil trains off the tracks and provides tens of thousands of American construction jobs." http://schrader.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=390352 (schrader.house.gov)
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

  • "We respect other States' rights to do what they need to do and suggest what they want. Oregon is leading the way in renewables. We have a State energy portfolio that highlights hydro, solar, wind, wave, biomass, and waste-to-energy technologies, not oil or coal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/619046/jobs-and-energy-permitting-act-of-2011#.VZ611XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I have a strong, proven record as a supporter of renewable energy. The federal government needs to make a strong investment in renewable sources of fuel that have the capacity to create thousands of new jobs and move our nation towards energy independence." http://schrader.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100080 (schrader.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The key to curbing the effects of global warming is to significantly reduce our carbon emissions. I support significant increases in fuel efficiency standards and strong reduction requirements for carbon emissions." http://schrader.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100080 (schrader.house.gov)
  • "I will continue to push for more investments in renewable energy sources and other opportunities to reduce carbon emissions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/603498/#.VZ659XUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://schrader.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=322962 (schrader.house.gov)
  • Rated 83% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/10813/kurt-schrader/37#.Vc0AhXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We could be working to balance the budget or tax reform, but the House is wasting another day trying to repeal #Obamacare. #OR05 #orpol" https://twitter.com/RepSchrader (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181#.VczKinUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of continuing these wasteful efforts to repeal the ACA, we should focus on bipartisan improvements that can be made to the law." http://schrader.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=390393 (schrader.house.gov)
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

  • "There needs to be a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Special pathways are needed for the children of immigrants, who were brought to the United States through no action of their own, and for migrant workers, who are integral to the operation of our agricultural economies. The pathway to citizenship should require a background check, followed by a probationary period where immigrants learn English, pay back taxes and work before getting in the line for full citizenship." http://schrader.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100083 (schrader.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/396507/#.VZ67pnUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's time for the Supreme Court to rule, once and for all, for marriage equality. #LoveMustWin #LoveCantWait" https://twitter.com/Tschnetzer89/status/633860415206768640 (twitter.com)
  • "It's a significant day 4 civil rights & the progress of equality under the law in the United States. #SCOTUSMarriage" https://twitter.com/repschrader/status/614440475232235520 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://schrader.house.gov/national-defense/schrader-statement-on-war-supplement-vote.htm (schrader.house.gov)
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

  • "I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors#.VZ7Rt3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently opposed efforts to privatize vital programs like Medicare and Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/603495/#.VZ7UMnUViko (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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