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Suzan DelBene's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 1, Democratic
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Suzan DelBene has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Suzan DelBene 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 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

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  • Suzan DelBene. Twitter: @suzandelbene. 2 February 2012. “I am standing with Planned Parenthood!” (
  • Suzan Delbene. Issue Position: Equal Rights. 29 March 2012. “Choice for women: I firmly believe that medical decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, and not by politicians. I support funding for family planning services. I think it's important to offer medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education, including information about emergency contraception. And I believe we should require insurance companies to cover contraception in their health plan.” (
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Suzan DelBene in the 2010 general election. (
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Suzan DelBene in the 2010 general election. (
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Suzan DelBene in the 2010 general election. (
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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  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: Buffett Rule. 1 January 2012. “I support the Buffett rule, which would ensure that those making a million dollars or more per year do not pay a lower tax rate than middle class families. Today the wealthy are paying the lowest tax rates in 50 years, which is why the Bush tax cuts for high wage earners needs to expire. I will fight to eliminate the unfair loophole that allows hedge fund managers to pay a lower tax rate on their income than other professions.” (
  • Suzan DelBene. Video: Suzan DelBene: One Democrat. 27 July 2012. “Who will […] fight to pass the buffett rule so millionaires pay their fair share? Suzan DelBene!” (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: Jobs. 30 August 2012. “America's physical infrastructure: Our roads and bridges are crumbling. Traffic jams cost American businesses billions of dollars every year in lost productivity and efficiency. Smart investments in our national transportation infrastructure can help us create and sustain hundreds of thousands of new jobs in construction while delivering a strong positive long-term impact on the economy.” (
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

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  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: Education. 29 March 2012. “Education reform: Our school systems are filled with dedicated teachers and administrators who work hard every day to educate and inspire. But in too many areas, our education system is failing to meet the needs of our children. I believe strongly that schools must not only teach our children the fundamentals that can be measured on standardized tests, but also how to think critically and creatively. The time has come to rethink education standards, better understand what it takes to train and reward great teachers, and implement innovative approaches to improve our schools.” (
  • Suzan DelBene. Strengthening Education and Workforce Training. 30 August 2012. “I will fight for policies that strengthen our education system focused on closing the achievement gap, raising standards and giving our teachers the support they need and deserve to help ensure that every child gets a chance to reach their full potential.” (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: Energy. “We need to pass a climate change bill that places a cap on carbon emissions and creates market incentives that enable the energy industry to move away from fossil fuels in a way that is efficient and cost-effective. Climate change legislation should also include incentives that support the creation of clean energy jobs.” (
  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: Protecting Our Natural Resources and Quality of Life. 1 January 2012. “Taking care of our natural resources and protecting our environment is critical to protecting the quality of life we cherish. This means policies to keep our air and water clean. We must also manage our water responsibly as it is critical for our local farms and for generating the electricity that powers our economy. I believe strongly that climate change is not just a challenge we must tackle to avert disaster, but that it is an opportunity to build a new clean energy economy and preserve our quality of life.” (
  • Suzan DelBene. Sierra Club Endorses Suzan DelBene. 20 July 2012. "I'm honored to receive the endorsement of the Sierra Club. In Congress, I will work tirelessly to ensure our nation takes meaningful steps to build a new economy based on clean and renewable energy sources and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil," said DelBene. "With our strong foundation of an educated workforce, advanced manufacturing and a growing technology industry, the 1st Congressional District can be a leader in the emerging clean economy. I will fight for increased investments and policies to spur innovation and research in clean, renewable energy, storage and a modern transmission infrastructure. It's also critical we preserve and protect Puget Sound, our wild lands, and waterways in Washington." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Bellevue Reporter: Can a wealthy Medina Democrat win the 8th Congressional District? 13 August 2009. "I don't own a gun," she said. "I support and believe in the Second Amendment and that people should have their guns. "I also believe that not all Americans need to carry AK-47s. I think...there is some line that we draw.” (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: Health Care. 29 March 2012. “What government should not do is make decisions about anyone's individual treatment options. Everyone should have the right to pick their doctor and work with that doctor to decide on a plan of care that is right for them. Limits on a woman's right to choose should not be part of any health care reform. I believe there are some areas we need to focus on as we continue to fight to improve the health care system in this country:* A public option: Health insurance reform legislation that passed this year failed to include a public option. I believe this was a mistake. We should all be able to choose between public and private options. A public plan would provide another lever for balancing public health, individual choice and private sector profit in a fair and equitable way.* Innovation: Beyond policy reform, our government needs to encourage health care innovation. We can help lower health care costs by supporting research and development that focuses on prevention and treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes that affect millions of Americans. New information technology can help streamline administrative costs and speed the flow of information between doctors and patients. Investments in innovation not only lower health care costs, they create jobs that support our economy.* Quantity vs. Quality: Our current health care system rewards providers for the quantity of services they perform, not for the quality of outcomes. This drives up costs and takes the focus away from important solutions to our health care crisis such as preventative medicine. We need to move towards a system that encourages and rewards quality of care.” (
  • Suzan DelBene. Suzan DelBene's Statement on Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act. 28 June 2012. "Today's decision by the Supreme Court is great news and means we can move forward to finish the job President Obama started with the Affordable Care Act to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care. The Affordable Care Act upheld today is already helping millions in Washington state by allowing children to be covered on their parents' plans until age 26, preventing insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions and reducing costs of prescription drugs for seniors on Medicare.” (
  • Suzan Delbene. Twitter: @SuzanDelBene. 1 August 2012. “Good news on #ACA: starting today, 47 million women will now have guaranteed access to prevention-related care.” (
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

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  • Suzan DelBene. Twitter: @SuzanDelBene. 16 June 2012. “President Obama did the right thing yesterday. But it's only temporary and we need to do more. We need to pass the #DreamAct.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: Ensuring Civil Rights. 1 January 2012. “Every one of us has equal rights under the law. It's that simple. I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act. I support marriage equality for all.” (
  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: Equal Rights. 29 March 2012. “Civil rights: Every one of us has equal rights under the law. It's that simple. Therefore, I believe we need to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" so no American has to hide who they are in order to defend their country. We should also repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. I support government-sanctioned civil marriage and believe that churches can decide for themselves whether to recognize same sex couples. Our government should not be in the business of denying rights to committed couples.” (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: National Security. 27 March 2012. “Safety for Americans from terrorism and other threats must be our number one national security priority. And while a strong military is essential, I believe our efforts to deal with terrorism must also address the issues of global health, dependence on foreign oil, poverty, and nuclear proliferation.” (
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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  • Suzan DelBene. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. “Social Security has been a building block of our middle class. It's created a social safety net and a basic level of financial security for seniors. It's an investment we've all made and a promise I'm committed to protecting for all of our seniors. Those who say Social Security is in immediate danger are using scare tactics to dismantle it. The truth is, it's a good system. It's worked so well that Social Security funds have been used for other purposes, which needs to stop. But there are long-term financial concerns, which is why I support raising the income limits, or "scrapping the cap.' I also oppose raising the retirement age or privatizing Social Security.” (


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