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Terri A. Sewell

Terri Sewell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Terri A. Sewell
Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 7, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 7
Primary June 3, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Single
Birth Date: 01/01/1965
Birth Place: Selma, AL
Home City: Selma, AL
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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

  • Terri Sewell. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Terri Sewell voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Terri Sewell voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Terry A. Sewell. Left in Alabama: Meet Terri Sewell, Candidate for Congress in Alabama's 7th CD. 13 April 2010. "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." (www.leftinalabama.com)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Terri Sewell in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Terri Sewell in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Terri Sewell in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Terri Sewell. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Terri Sewell voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell Visits Troops in Afghanistan on Mother's Day. 13 May 2012. "Our troops play such an integral role in Afghanistan and it was a pleasure to travel to Helmand and Kandahar provinces to discuss important issues facing Afghans from our commanders and their Afghan coalition partners on the ground. We were also honored to have the opportunity to celebrate Mother's Day at Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand province with so many of our brave troops, many of whom are mothers, daughters and sisters who courageously serve on the frontlines every day in our Armed Forces […] My appreciation for all of our servicemen and women has deepened with this experience. On this special day, words can't express my gratitude to all of the mothers in the military.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Terri Sewell. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Terri Sewell voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL endorsed Terri Sewell in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Terri Sewell voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (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

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  • Terri Sewell. Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell on the Extension of the Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Benefits. 17 February 2012. “Today, I voted to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. While this is not a perfect bill, the extension of these benefits will provide a lifeline for millions of Americans and further promote our nation's economic recovery...It is unfortunate that the bill singles out federal employees that play an integral role in our day-to-day lives. However, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle came together to extend unemployment insurance benefits and the payroll tax cut, which helps our nation's families by reducing poverty, infusing money into the economy, and creating much needed jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Taxes. 15 August 2012. “Sewell also agreed with Obama's plan to extend tax cuts for low- and middle-income Americans. "In parts of this district, we've been poor for so long that we've given up the hope of ever reaching middle class," she said. "I'll push for more tax cuts and tax breaks that will allow our local businesses [to] invest more of their profits, tax free, while going after the corporations that take our tax money for job creation then move our jobs overseas." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Terri Sewell. Congresswoman Terri Sewell Supports Obama Budget. 16 February 2012. “'I agree with the President that the recovery of our American economy must be built upon two fundamental principles – protecting the middle class and promoting shared sacrifice and collective responsibility.' […] Rep. Sewell announced her support for higher taxes: '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.'” (www.sewellforcongress.com)
  • Terri Sewell. Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell in Opposition of the House Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution. 29 March 2012. “Today, I voted against the Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget resolution, a budget proposal that would result in harsh cuts to vital programs, investments and services […] this budget continues to provide tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires without giving tax relief to struggling middle class Americans. We all must share the responsibility for reducing our nation's deficit.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Terri Sewell. Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell in Opposition of the House Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution. 29 March 2012. “Today, I voted against the Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget resolution, a budget proposal that would result in harsh cuts to vital programs, investments and services. This Republican budget proposes drastic cuts to discretionary programs by approximately $120 billion and mandatory programs by $284 billion. This budget would leave America's middle-class families, seniors, children, and our most vulnerable without a life-line to continue to recover from this economic recession […] At a time when we should be investing in our nation's infrastructure projects such as building roads, bridges and schools, this proposal seeks to cut $31.5 billion in transportation spending, eliminating funding for high-speed rail projects and any new intercity rail initiatives […] It is unfortunate that instead of putting forth a budget that would create jobs, balance our budget and spur economic growth throughout our country, we once again, see divisive politics and no common ground. (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell Selected to Serve on House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Science and Technology. 19 January 2011. “I will promote innovative legislation that will strengthen our small businesses, our land grant institutions, support both urban and rural economic development and work to improve the nutritional challenges facing our children, seniors and families. This committee assignment will help to ensure that America remains a dominant exporter of agricultural goods, which will create and protect good-paying, cutting-edge jobs in the district and across the country […] I look forward to serving on the House Committee on Science and Technology […] I have the ability to promote legislation that will improve economic development in the 7th Congressional District and throughout the State of Alabama. This includes introducing legislation in emerging scientific industries, encouraging the creation of public-private partnerships and investing in education and workforce development. Scientific advancement is one of the keys to U.S. competitiveness in a global marketplace, and this committee assignment will produce innovative opportunities for the advancement of science, technology and education as we move in to the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Statement in Opposition to H.R. 2560. 19 July 2011. "Today I voted responsibly against a bill misleadingly named the "Cut, Cap and Balance" bill. It is absolutely necessary that this nation doesn't default on its obligations, and that we fulfill our country's fiscal commitments. The bill that I voted against today would undercut the Federal Government's ability to meet its core commitments to seniors, children, middle-class families and our vulnerable populations. The bill sets out a false and unacceptable choice between the federal government- defaulting on its obligations now or, alternatively, pass a Balanced Budget Amendment that, in the years ahead, will likely leave the nation unable to meet its core commitments. 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. Cutting funding for programs that serve children, the elderly and working families is not the answer to our nation's deficit crisis […] I believe we must exercise fiscal discipline in our spending as well as fiscal responsibility in managing our debt […] Neither setting arbitrary spending levels nor amending the Constitution is necessary to restore fiscal responsibility. I look forward to supporting a comprehensive measure that minimizes our debt, balances the federal budget and creates jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Statement in Opposition to S. 627, "The Short-Term Default Act.” 29 July 2011. “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 […] The bill I voted against today does not offer a balanced approach. It makes trillions in spending cuts only at the expense of seniors, children and families.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Twitter: RepTerriSewell. 11 October 2011. “We can't just cut our way out of this financial crisis, nor can we just spend our way out of this recession.” (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Terri Sewell. Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell on President Obama's FY2013 Budget. 13 February 2012. “Today, President Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2013. I agree with the President that the recovery of our American economy must be built upon two fundamental principals -- protecting the middle class and promoting shared sacrifice and collective responsibility...In the State of the Union Address, the President outlined his vision for an American economy "built to last," based on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers and a renewal of American values. I believe this budget provides a fair and balanced approach. I applaud the President's aggressive efforts to reduce the deficit. The budget provides for important investments in research and innovation which are vital to preparing our businesses and manufacturing sector to take advantage of new opportunities. This budget promotes public-private partnerships that will increase job creation, workforce development and improve access to higher education for all American workers.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Statement From Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell on President Obama's Framework for Business Tax Reform. 24 February 2012. “Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) released the following statement in response to President Obama's Framework for Business Tax Reform: 'I applaud the President for outlining a bold framework for reforming the U.S. business tax system. This proposal is an important first step towards developing a comprehensive tax code that echoes the long held belief that we all must pay our fair share and enhance American competitiveness. This framework proposes fair tax policies for businesses that would encourage job creation and strengthen American manufacturing. It puts an end to tax loopholes and subsidies that have hurt business productivity and growth. In addition, it provides incentives to strengthen our small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. The framework will help us pave the way to rebuilding the middle-class and make our businesses - both large and small competitive again.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell On The State of the Union Address. 24 June 2012. “I know that we in the 7th Congressional District of Alabama cannot afford to wait. Our families, small businesses, seniors and workers deserve a lifeline now. We can all benefit when we invest in working families, everyone pays their fair share and we provide incentives for businesses to hire workers and to make things right here in America.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Issue Position: Jobs. 15 August 2012. “Terri knows that we have to get Main Street businesses hiring again because they are the economic heartbeat of the 7th district. That's why Terri will support tax incentives for small business to encourage them to hire more workers and tax credits for growth and expansion.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Congresswoman Sewell on President Obama's Jobs Plan. 19 September 2011. “I agree that we must create incentives for businesses to hire new employees, and put Americans back to work rebuilding our nation's roads, bridges and infrastructure for future generations.” (votesmart.org)
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

  • Terri Sewell. Issue Position: Education. 15 August 2012. “It is clear that No Child Left Behind has failed and it should be replace with a new national education policy. Children from every background, every walk of life deserve the right to reach their full potential and Terri will not settle for less. Whether a young person wants to be a engineer, nurse, truck driver, or welder--all students should have access to an affordable education that will help them achieve the American Dream.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Alabama Congressional Delegation Requests Meeting with Education Secretary Duncan to Discuss Education System in Alabama. 31 March 2011. “Strengthening our education system will require a bi-partisan effort, and I look forward to working with the Alabama State Board of Education, my colleagues in the House and Senate and the U.S. Department of Education to identify innovative solutions to allow our children to compete locally and globally” […] “On Thursday, March 24, members of the Alabama Congressional delegation participated in a special meeting with Governor Robert Bentley and the State Board of Education to discuss the future of the state’s education system and the impact of federal education policies on Alabama’s schools. As you know, Congress and the Administration have begun to discuss how best to reform our education system. We share the common goal of working toward a system that prepares our students to be competitive locally and globally. Our delegation would like to meet with you to discuss our shared vision and how to strengthen education in America.” (sewell.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Terri Sewell. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Terri Sewell voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell on President Obama's FY2013 Budget. 13 February 2012. “Today, President Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2013. I agree with the President that the recovery of our American economy must be built upon two fundamental principals -- protecting the middle class and promoting shared sacrifice and collective responsibility...In the State of the Union Address, the President outlined his vision for an American economy "built to last," based on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers and a renewal of American values. I believe this budget provides a fair and balanced approach. I applaud the President's aggressive efforts to reduce the deficit. The budget provides for important investments in research and innovation which are vital to preparing our businesses and manufacturing sector to take advantage of new opportunities.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Terri Sewell. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Terri Sewell voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Statement from Congresswoman Sewell on the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, H.R. 2250. 13 October 2011. “We cannot afford to implement rules that have a negative impact on our manufacturing sector or threaten jobs in Alabama. With additional time and guidance, I am confident the EPA can continue to develop proposals and regulations that help our environment, work for businesses and workers, encourage job creation and strengthen economic development.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Greene County Democrat - Congresswoman Terri Sewell spends Friday, July 13, in Greene Co. 19 July 2012. “Sewell said she had a monthly meeting with the Alabama Congressional Delegation and although she is the only Democrat in the nine person delegation has found some issues to benefit the State of Alabama, like the RESTORE Act for the Gulf Coast, adjusting environmental regulations for coal burning power plants, support for catfish farmers and assisting Airbus to locate in Mobile, on which she cooperated with Republicans to pass in a bi-partisan manner.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Terri Sewell 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

  • Terri Sewell. Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell in Opposition to the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 18 January 2011. “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.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Terri Sewell voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. “The Affordable Care Act is a first step towards strengthening our health care system and is already helping to save the lives of many in my district. I urge my colleagues to vote 'no' on this [repeal].” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. “Delighted that the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court!” (www.facebook.com)
  • Terri Sewell. Greene County Democrat - Congresswoman Terri Sewell spends Friday, July 13, in Greene Co. 19 July 2012. “I supported this law from day one. It has helped 30,000 more children in the 7th District to get health care, even those with pre-existing conditions; $1 million in preventive care has been provided to senior citizens; 7,400 seniors in the District benefited from the closing of the Medicare drug donut hole and gained other benefits to reduce their health care costs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. “I want to register my disappointment that my Republican colleagues are now willing to spend yet another hour--5 hours--for the 31st time in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Instead of using this valuable time to put our country back on track by investing in job creation and stimulating economic growth, House Republicans have opted for divisive politics and partisan politics. I believe enough is enough. The American people deserve better, and frankly, my constituents expect better. Not only has the Affordable Care Act been passed in both Houses of Congress and signed by the President, it was upheld by the highest court in the land nearly 2 weeks ago. By now, we should be moving forward and acknowledging the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, which the House Republican leadership cannot seem to grasp.” (votesmart.org)
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

  • Terri Sewell. Twitter: @RepTerriSewell. 15 June 2012. “I stand with President #Obama and I applaud and support his leadership on immigration today.” (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Terri Sewell. Gay Marriage. 19 June 2012. “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." (www.leftinalabama.com)
  • Terry A. Sewell. Left in Alabama: Meet Terri Sewell, Candidate for Congress in Alabama's 7th CD. 13 April 2010. "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. I think for me personally, I would be more in favor of civil unions than I would in favor of gay marriage... I believe that people's partners should be able to share in their health benefits and be able to inherit their property from their significant others." (www.leftinalabama.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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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

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  • Terri Sewell. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. “We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans […] It is imperative that we protect vital safety net programs and programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans, including those facing or living in poverty.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Sewell Votes to Prevent Default Crisis. 1 August 2011. “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. The bill that passed today removes the cloud of economic uncertainty from our global markets and ensures that this nation will meet its fiscal obligations. I voted in favor of this bill not because I am a Democrat, but because I believe in the Full Faith and Credit of the United States.” (votesmart.org)
  • Terri Sewell. Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell on H.J.Res 98, Debt Ceiling Resolution of Disapproval. 18 January 2012. "Today, I voted against H.J.Res 98, an unnecessary resolution that does nothing to advance the conversation of fiscal discipline, deficit reduction or job creation. Congress and the administration previously agreed on a plan last year to raise our nation's debt limit in order to pay our bills and protect vital programs such as Medicare and Social Security. This resolution seeks to reverse all of those meaningful gains, and is nothing more than political posturing at a time when America's middle class families, workers, children and seniors are still recovering from the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.” (votesmart.org)

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