Representative Kurt Schrader's Political Positions

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227#.VZ7TdnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720#.VZ7TBHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "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)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • "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)
  • "[…] 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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181#.VczKinUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "I have consistently opposed efforts to privatize vital programs like Medicare and Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/603495/#.VZ7UMnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

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