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Terri Sewell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 7, Democratic
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Terri Sewell 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.

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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 Planned Parenthood Action Fund (
  • "I believe that a woman's reproductive decisions should be made between herself and her doctor ... I would fight to continue to have the legal protections that are afforded women in Roe v. Wade. And I would fight any erosion of that. ... People want abortions to be rare and safe. All of us want that, but I believe a woman's reproductive decisions need to be made by her and her doctor and I would fight for that in Congress." (
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

  • "We can no longer afford to provide tax breaks to wealthy Americans by depriving seniors and the middle class of the support they need and deserve. Everyone must do their part." (
  • "Unfortunately, the Republican budget does not reflect the priorities of my constituents in Alabama. The wealthy and oil companies are the winners in this proposed Republican budget. And America's seniors, middle class families, low-income families and young people will suffer greatly." (
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.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today I voted responsibly against a bill misleadingly named the "Cut, Cap and Balance" bill. […] The bill would cap federal spending at a level not seen in over half a century, resulting in severe cuts to Medicare, Social Security, education and research and development." (
  • "Today, I voted against "The Short-Term Default Act." This bill would push our country even closer to default by providing an irresponsible short-term approach that would put our economy at risk, ensure another debt ceiling standoff in a few months and does not give families, businesses and the markets certainty that they need in this difficult time." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Southeastern Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2011 would provide temporary tax relief to assist rebuilding efforts in Alabama, […] The bill will aid communities in their effort to rebuild and strengthen infrastructure, and it will spur investment." (
  • "A strong manufacturing sector is crucial for our nation's economic growth and prosperity. The Workforce Development Tax Credit Act encourages businesses to work with community colleges and universities to develop apprenticeship programs that will lead to more skilled workers." (
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is clear that No Child Left Behind has failed and it should be replace with a new national education policy." (
  • "A successful workforce starts with a solid education base. As a product of public schools and the daughter of two educators, I know firsthand the difference that a strong education can make in achieving the American Dream, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background. Improving education can help break the cycle of poverty that affects families all across west Alabama." (
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 (
  • "After much deliberation, I voted in favor of constructing the Keystone XL Pipeline to strengthen our economy and create more jobs in Alabama and across this nation." (
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

  • "The American Dream is going green. That's why Terri will work to put Alabama back to work by supporting Federal investments that will spur green manufacturing jobs by producing renewable energy right here in Alabama." (
  • "My vote for Keystone does not, in any way, undermine my commitment to protecting our environment, but rather affirms my belief that a responsible, all of the above energy strategy is the best approach to achieving true energy independence while spurring critical job creation. I will continue my support for strategic investments in renewable and green energy, as well promote increased oil production right here in North America." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" (
  • "I am supportive, Mr. Speaker, of reducing emissions, and I am also in favor of protecting our environment. But this must be done in an economically viable way. It is simply unfair for regulators to continue to move the goalposts on small brick manufacturers like Henry Brick Company." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." (
  • "While I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, I believe that strengthening background checks, eliminating gun show loopholes, and preventing potential terrorists from acquiring assault weapons will not limit the rights of lawful gun owners to protect and defend themselves." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Nearly 18 million previously uninsured Americans now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and consumers cannot be denied health insurance due to pre-existing coverage. We still have much work to do in terms of lower health disparities between African-Americans and whites. Parts of my district are rural, and access to quality health care is a long-standing problem that I would like to see addressed." (
  • "Voting for this repeal amounts to telling seniors that they have to return the $250 donut hole checks they received to help buy prescription drugs […] We cannot put insurance companies back in charge of health care and restore their ability engage in the unsustainable practices that were overwhelming consumers and businesses." (
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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.15 "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" (
  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful residents […]" (
  • "I stand with President Obama and I applaud and support his leadership on immigration today." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe it's a civil rights, human rights issue. And I believe that in 2010 that we should not discriminate against any group of people in this nation. I think I come from that because I'm an African-American woman who knows what it's like to be discriminated against, for sex and for race. ... I'm really for a state's right to decide what they want to do when it comes to civil unions and gay marriage and would respect a state's right to choose for that." (
  • "Today, the Supreme Court rightly stood up for equal protection by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, affording the same federal rights for all married couples. Under this law, the federal government cannot discriminate against couples that states have deemed legally married. As the member that represents the civil rights district of Alabama, we cannot support the denial of federal rights and the unequal treatment of any American." (
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the President’s request to train and equip moderate Syrians outside of Syria pursuant to a strategy to degrade and destroy ISIS. The depravity of ISIS’s actions demands strategic action from the United States and our international partners. This is why I supported the bipartisan McKeon Amendment to the Continuing Resolution that provides Title 10 authorization for the Pentagon to arm, train and equip appropriately vetted members of the Syrian opposition to combat both ISIS and the Syrian President Bashar Assad. To achieve a lasting solution, I believe that Syrians should be on the front lines defending their own people against the aggression of ISIS and the oppression of the Assad regime. ISIS poses a serious threat to our national security and to do nothing is unacceptable." (
  • "I believe it is imperative that our international allies join us in waging this campaign to take out ISIS without a conventional U.S. military occupation in the region. I support an American strategy that utilizes our air power and intelligence networks, and supports partner forces on the ground." (
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

  • "Today, I voted in favor of the Budget Control Act of 2011. While it is not a perfect bill, this bipartisan measure prevents this nation from going into default and protects Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security -- essential programs relied upon by our nation's seniors and middle class families." (
  • Rated 96% by Alliance for Retired Americans (


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

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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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