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Michael Bennet's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (CO) - Sr, Democratic
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Michael Bennet has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Michael Bennet 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 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

  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your courage and determination in defeating S.B. 5, a bill that would have severely limited women's reproductive choices in Texas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794890/letter-to-wendy-davis-senator-anti-abortion-filibuster#.VWyXz3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "KING: […] What about on abortion? BENNET: I don't think there's any reason to change what the long-standing policy has been from the federal government [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/469580/cnn-state-of-the-union-with-john-king-transcript#.VW85ZHUVikp (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

  • "The IDEA Full Funding Act is fully paid for by increasing income taxes for those with an adjusted gross income greater than $1,000,000 per year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/919083/statements-on-introduced-bills-and-joint-resolutions/?search=Income%20taxes#.VWyZQHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.2230 "Establishes a Minimum 30 Percent Tax Rate for High-Income Taxpayers" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/39474#.VXX1enUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsered S.1410 "Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014 https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1410/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Smarter+sentencing+act%22%5D%2C%22cosponsor-state%22%3A%22Colorado%22%7D (www.congress.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will not support additional spending to stimulate the economy. A public-private partnership that invests in our infrastructure is a good idea but new transportation projects should be fully paid for, not add a single dime to the deficit and paid for with unused Recovery Act dollars." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/551850/ (votesmart.org)
  • "The road to economic recovery will be long and difficult, but Congress and the President have taken important steps to help working families stave off a prolonged recession. Specifically, we have […] Made the vigorous investments necessary to get our economy moving again. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (P.L.111-5), we have made targeted investments in energy, health care, education, and transportation that will help create jobs and grow our economy. In Colorado, we estimate that the bill will save or create 60,000 jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/451938/#.VW86qnUVikp (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The road to economic recovery will be long and difficult, but Congress and the President have taken important steps to help working families stave off a prolonged recession. Specifically, we have […] Cut taxes for 95 percent of American families. The Making Work Pay tax cut - which covers more Americans than any in history - is putting more than $900 million back into the pockets of more than 1.8 million Colorado families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/451938/#.VW86qnUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Michael is fighting to strengthen the middle class by building the most innovative economy in the world. He recognizes it will be new businesses and industries that create 21st-century jobs and raise wages. That’s why he’s working to create an environment in which innovators and entrepreneurs can thrive by modernizing our tax code, cutting bureaucracy and red tape, and making government more effective, accountable, and accessible." http://www.bennetforcolorado.com/about-michael/ (www.bennetforcolorado.com)
  • "This amendment lowers taxes and increases the amount of money that small businesses can expense in a given year. It makes it easier for them to purchase new equipment and grow the economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961574/bennet-amendment-to-cut-taxes-promote-small-business-growth-passes-senate#.VWy4o3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Invite states to embrace voluntary national standards so the public can measure progress that students as a whole are making from year to year.Polish a performance measurement system so we know when reforms work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/477364/issue-position-education#.VWyXUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need strong accountability for teachers, schools and school districts, especially with large achievement gaps. Schools should adopt college and career ready standards, and we should incentivize common core standards, so there are consistent, clear and high standards across the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849166/issue-position-k12-education-priorities/?search=Common%20Core#.VXCYsHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "It's challenging because a lot of the decisions are made at the local level, and No Child Left Behind built in some ways a huge federal incursion into what has been a state and local set of issues. Figuring out how to get that calibrated correctly is going to be the tough work of the committee, and that's what we got to do. http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940943/associated-press-no-child-left-behind-gets-renewed-focus/?search=Common%20Core#.VXCW23UViko (votesmart.org)
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/51299#.VXHQvHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Whether it is lifting federal restrictions that were stifling our aerospace or bioscience industries, bringing more certainty to our wind energy sector […] Michael Bennet has delivered real results to grow Colorado’s economy." http://www.bennetforcolorado.com/about-michael/ (www.bennetforcolorado.com)
  • "We need a comprehensive energy bill that puts a price on carbon pollution and incentivizes the investments in clean energy that will help create jobs and lessen our dependence on overseas oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535341/#.VWy3j3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As Colorado's U.S. Senator, Michael has pushed for investments in clean energy that create jobs and help break our reliance on overseas oil [...]" https://www.bennet.senate.gov/?p=biography (www.bennet.senate.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need a comprehensive energy bill that puts a price on carbon pollution and incentivizes the investments in clean energy that will help create jobs and lessen our dependence on overseas oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535341/#.VWyjxnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Unchecked carbon pollution represents a material threat to our state and its economy - whether it's a shorter ski season, the increased threat of wildfire, or a multi-year drought imperiling our $40 billion dollar agriculture industry." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961568/bennet-whitehouse-manchin-heitkamp-offer-amendment-to-combat-climate-change-promote-economic-and-national-security#.VWykF3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The debate is not about challenging the rights of responsible gun owners, it is about keeping the wrong weapons out of the hands of the wrong people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/779070/bennet-statement-on-the-failure-of-the-bipartisan-amendment-to-expand-background-checks-for-firearms#.VWyjbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "But we have a duty to mitigate that risk. The shooters in Aurora and Newtown should not have had access to the guns or magazines they used." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/759311/bennet-outlines-next-steps-in-wake-of-shootings-including-assault-weapons-ban-access-to-mental-health-services/?search=Guns#.VWyipXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/110942/michael-bennet/37#.VXCoY3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With the release of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we have taken a major step forward. This bill will help put our Nation back on a track to fiscal responsibility." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/470373/health-care-reform/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VWy7HHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill will significantly reduce the deficit, bring down costs and provide affordable health insurance to all Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/470525/shaheen-and-bennet-join-economists-to-discuss-how-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-lowers-cost/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VWy6c3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is time for action on a comprehensive plan that secures the border and requires undocumented immigrants to become legal, pay a fine and appropriate taxes and learn English." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/526801/#.VWyh9XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored S.952 " DREAM Act of 2011" https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/senate-bill/952/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Senate+Dream+Act%22%5D%2C%22cosponsor-state%22%3A%22Colorado%22%7D (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Two people who want to enter into a loving, committed relationship should be afforded the same legally recognized rights and benefits I enjoy with my wife." http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2012/03/01/beltway-blog-sen-bennet-endorses-gay-marriage/62054/ (blogs.denverpost.com)
  • The Colorado Independent "Bennet has said that as a private citizen, if a ballot measure were to come up in Colorado [providing for gay marriage], he would support it." http://www.coloradoindependent.com/55746/romanoff-champions-gay-rights-says-hes-most-progressive-candidate (www.coloradoindependent.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ISIL poses a threat to the security and stability of our allies and partners in the Middle East. It needs to be contained to protect our interests in that region and to counter any broader terrorist threat to the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/924868/bennet-statement-on-the-authorization-to-train-and-equip-syrian-rebels/?search=terrorist#.VWy88XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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 must protect it from those who want to destroy or privatize Social Security and risk the financial security of elderly Americans who have worked to earn and depend on its benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/546441/#.VWyflHUVhHw (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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