Representative Tulsi Gabbard's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (HI) - District 2, Democratic
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Tulsi Gabbard has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tulsi Gabbard 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Adrienne LaFrance. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard's Leftward Journey. 17 January 2012. “Today, she says she is pro-choice and would fight to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Press Releases. 13 April 2012. “Tulsi Gabbard is proud to have received the support of Emily’s List, the nation’s largest women’s organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democrats to office.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates. 29 March 2012. “I realized that whether or not I would choose to have an abortion ought to have no bearing on another woman’s ability to do the same. And the government has absolutely no business telling either of us what we could do in that intensely personal situation.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates. 29 March 2012. “II'm committed to preserving a woman's right to choose, and I want to tell you how I got here. This wasn't always my position - at one time, I was anti-choice. I also once supported a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates: Social Issues. 29 March 2012. “A woman’s decision to end her pregnancy is one of the most fundamental, difficult, and soul-searching decisions in her life. I do not want government to have the power to force a woman to go through with a pregnancy or punish her if she does not. I will oppose all efforts to repeal Roe v. Wade or undermine our reproductive freedom.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Adrienne LaFrance. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard's Leftward Journey. 17 January 2012. “Today, she says she is pro-choice and would fight to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Press Releases. 13 April 2012. “Tulsi Gabbard is proud to have received the support of Emily’s List, the nation’s largest women’s organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democrats to office.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates. 29 March 2012. “I realized that whether or not I would choose to have an abortion ought to have no bearing on another woman’s ability to do the same. And the government has absolutely no business telling either of us what we could do in that intensely personal situation.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates. 29 March 2012. “II'm committed to preserving a woman's right to choose, and I want to tell you how I got here. This wasn't always my position - at one time, I was anti-choice. I also once supported a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates: Social Issues. 29 March 2012. “A woman’s decision to end her pregnancy is one of the most fundamental, difficult, and soul-searching decisions in her life. I do not want government to have the power to force a woman to go through with a pregnancy or punish her if she does not. I will oppose all efforts to repeal Roe v. Wade or undermine our reproductive freedom.” (votetulsi.com)

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  • Tulsi Gabbard. Republicans Try to Balance Budget on Backs of Veterans and Children. 21 March 2012. “All that before we get to the tax proposal, which would cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and raise taxes on almost everyone else. This is a budget we can't afford, and Hawaii needs a Representative who will stand up to this kind of class warfare. America has some real fiscal challenges, and we need to get serious about reducing the deficit. But we can't balance the budget on the backs of the poor, our seniors and our middle class.” (www.hawaiireporter.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Issue Position: Get Our Economy Back On Track. 1 January 2012. “It means injecting fairness and common sense into our federal budget. It means making sure that huge corporations and the ultra-wealthy are not getting a free ride and are paying their fair share. It means that we need to be fair, making sure no one gets special treatment or extra tax breaks, while our working families struggle to get by as they shoulder the burden of our budget crisis.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Republicans Try to Balance Budget on Backs of Veterans and Children. 21 March 2012. “All that before we get to the tax proposal, which would cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and raise taxes on almost everyone else. This is a budget we can't afford, and Hawaii needs a Representative who will stand up to this kind of class warfare. America has some real fiscal challenges, and we need to get serious about reducing the deficit. But we can't balance the budget on the backs of the poor, our seniors and our middle class.” (www.hawaiireporter.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Issue Position: Get Our Economy Back On Track. 1 January 2012. “It means injecting fairness and common sense into our federal budget. It means making sure that huge corporations and the ultra-wealthy are not getting a free ride and are paying their fair share. It means that we need to be fair, making sure no one gets special treatment or extra tax breaks, while our working families struggle to get by as they shoulder the burden of our budget crisis.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Tulsi Gabbard. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “We should end the war in Afghanistan, bring our troops home, and take the $191 billion that will be spent in Afghanistan in Fiscal Years 2012-2013 and use it specifically to invest in rebuilding our own nation through long-term infrastructure projects, such as roads, airports, and harbors, which are critically important to our tourism industry and for supplying our basic necessities.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Issue Position: Bring Our Troops Home. 1 January 2012. “We must take the $2.5 billion a week we are pouring into Afghanistan to prop up a corrupt government and invest those resources in rebuilding our own economy here at home.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “Hawaiʻi’s infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrading, including its antiquated water delivery and waste removal systems, roads, airports, and harbors. All levels of government should put taxpayer dollars to good use by repairing, replacing, and maintaining proper water and sewer lines. This course of action will have a multiple effect: it will allow for an increased number of housing units available, improve the quality of life for residents, and energize the local construction industry. Development depends on adequate infrastructure to support and maintain it.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tusli Gabbard. Issue Position: Repairing Our Aging Infrastructure. 1 January 2012. “Unfortunately, Hawai`i's infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrading, including its antiquated water delivery and waste removal systems and roads. All levels of government should put taxpayer dollars to good use by repairing, replacing, and maintaining proper water and sewer lines. This course of action will have a multiple effect: it will increase the number of housing units available, improve the quality of life for residents, and energize the local construction industry.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “We should end the war in Afghanistan, bring our troops home, and take the $191 billion that will be spent in Afghanistan in Fiscal Years 2012-2013 and use it specifically to invest in rebuilding our own nation through long-term infrastructure projects, such as roads, airports, and harbors, which are critically important to our tourism industry and for supplying our basic necessities.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Issue Position: Bring Our Troops Home. 1 January 2012. “We must take the $2.5 billion a week we are pouring into Afghanistan to prop up a corrupt government and invest those resources in rebuilding our own economy here at home.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “Hawaiʻi’s infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrading, including its antiquated water delivery and waste removal systems, roads, airports, and harbors. All levels of government should put taxpayer dollars to good use by repairing, replacing, and maintaining proper water and sewer lines. This course of action will have a multiple effect: it will allow for an increased number of housing units available, improve the quality of life for residents, and energize the local construction industry. Development depends on adequate infrastructure to support and maintain it.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tusli Gabbard. Issue Position: Repairing Our Aging Infrastructure. 1 January 2012. “Unfortunately, Hawai`i's infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrading, including its antiquated water delivery and waste removal systems and roads. All levels of government should put taxpayer dollars to good use by repairing, replacing, and maintaining proper water and sewer lines. This course of action will have a multiple effect: it will increase the number of housing units available, improve the quality of life for residents, and energize the local construction industry.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Montgomery. Endorsements. "Tulsi's strong environmental record, including helping pass tough laws regulating greenhouse gases and being an outspoken advocate for renewable energy, distinguished her from the other candidates for this office. We're excited about the type of leadership she can bring to environmental issues." (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. BAG BAN WATCH 2012: OAHU LATEST HAWAIIAN ISLAND TO BAN THE BAG. 1 May 2012. “Earlier last week, Oahu became the latest Hawaiian island to pass legislature banning the distribution of single-use plastic bags. Under the new guidelines, paper bags will be allowed only if they are made of at least 40% recycled material. 'This is a bold action and I think here in the state of Hawaii we have always been bold, especially when it comes to protecting our environment,' said Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, who co-sponsered the initiative with Honolulu City Council Chair, Ernie Martin.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Gabbard Files Papers Vowing to Bring Fresh Leadership to Congress. 21 May 2012. “Upon learning of the endorsement, Gabbard said her chief environmental priorities would include: Making Hawai’i the nation’s leading producer of renewable energy; Creating a sustainable economy with less dependency on foreign oil and imports; Requiring the proper labeling of all GMO products; Securing funding for tropical agriculture research; Modernizing water irrigation systems; and supporting Hawai’i’s farmers with “Made in/Grown in Hawai’i” labeling.” (mauinow.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “I support continuing to support technology that creates fuel-efficient vehicles, while also increasing fuel-efficiency standards. I will also work to promote federal policies that encourage and incentivize the creation of sustainable communities where people live and work, thus reducing commuter driving time and air pollution.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. The Sierra Club Officially Endorses Tulsi Gabbard for Congress. 28 August 2012. “As a lifelong environmentalist, I am honored to receive the Sierra Club's endorsement. Here in Hawai'i, protecting our environment is not just a trendy concept; it's a way of life, a matter of survival, and the key to our future economic success. In Congress, as I have done throughout my life, whether in the Hawaii state legislature, as an aide to Senator Akaka in Washington D.C., or on Honolulu City Council, I will continue to fight for protecting our precious natural resources.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Steve Montgomery. Endorsements. "Tulsi's strong environmental record, including helping pass tough laws regulating greenhouse gases and being an outspoken advocate for renewable energy, distinguished her from the other candidates for this office. We're excited about the type of leadership she can bring to environmental issues." (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. BAG BAN WATCH 2012: OAHU LATEST HAWAIIAN ISLAND TO BAN THE BAG. 1 May 2012. “Earlier last week, Oahu became the latest Hawaiian island to pass legislature banning the distribution of single-use plastic bags. Under the new guidelines, paper bags will be allowed only if they are made of at least 40% recycled material. 'This is a bold action and I think here in the state of Hawaii we have always been bold, especially when it comes to protecting our environment,' said Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, who co-sponsered the initiative with Honolulu City Council Chair, Ernie Martin.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Gabbard Files Papers Vowing to Bring Fresh Leadership to Congress. 21 May 2012. “Upon learning of the endorsement, Gabbard said her chief environmental priorities would include: Making Hawai’i the nation’s leading producer of renewable energy; Creating a sustainable economy with less dependency on foreign oil and imports; Requiring the proper labeling of all GMO products; Securing funding for tropical agriculture research; Modernizing water irrigation systems; and supporting Hawai’i’s farmers with “Made in/Grown in Hawai’i” labeling.” (mauinow.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “I support continuing to support technology that creates fuel-efficient vehicles, while also increasing fuel-efficiency standards. I will also work to promote federal policies that encourage and incentivize the creation of sustainable communities where people live and work, thus reducing commuter driving time and air pollution.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. The Sierra Club Officially Endorses Tulsi Gabbard for Congress. 28 August 2012. “As a lifelong environmentalist, I am honored to receive the Sierra Club's endorsement. Here in Hawai'i, protecting our environment is not just a trendy concept; it's a way of life, a matter of survival, and the key to our future economic success. In Congress, as I have done throughout my life, whether in the Hawaii state legislature, as an aide to Senator Akaka in Washington D.C., or on Honolulu City Council, I will continue to fight for protecting our precious natural resources.” (votetulsi.com)

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  • Tulsi Gabbard. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard Answeres Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “I support universal health care. The challenge is how will we be able to provide universal health care without bankrupting our country. While I generally support the Affordable Care Act, it doesn't do enough to control the ever-spiraling health care costs. The big pharmaceutical and insurance companies had too big a hand in drafting the legislation. These industries spend millions on lobbyists and political contributions, buying influence on Congressional policies. An example of the power of the pharmaceutical companies occurred during the Bush administration. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (2003) gave the big pharmaceutical companies a blank check. The Bush administration gave in to the pharmaceutical companies’ demand that government not be allowed to negotiate group rates for drug prices. This is unacceptable. The Veterans Administration has had the power to negotiate for lower drug prices for years. It only makes sense to have that ability in Medicare as well.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard Answeres Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “I support universal health care. The challenge is how will we be able to provide universal health care without bankrupting our country. While I generally support the Affordable Care Act, it doesn't do enough to control the ever-spiraling health care costs. The big pharmaceutical and insurance companies had too big a hand in drafting the legislation. These industries spend millions on lobbyists and political contributions, buying influence on Congressional policies. An example of the power of the pharmaceutical companies occurred during the Bush administration. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (2003) gave the big pharmaceutical companies a blank check. The Bush administration gave in to the pharmaceutical companies’ demand that government not be allowed to negotiate group rates for drug prices. This is unacceptable. The Veterans Administration has had the power to negotiate for lower drug prices for years. It only makes sense to have that ability in Medicare as well.” (www.civilbeat.com)

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  • Adrienne LaFrance. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard's Leftward Journey. 17 January 2012. “Today, she says she is pro-choice and would fight to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates. 29 March 2012. “I realized that a constitutional amendment defining marriage – even the one I and most Hawaii voters had supported – was anathema to the personal freedom we enjoy in America. And so my positions evolved. I can promise Hawai’i that when I get to Washington I will fight any efforts to undermine our reproductive freedom, and I will fight for the repeal of DOMA.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates. 29 March 2012. “I'm committed to preserving a woman's right to choose, and I want to tell you how I got here. This wasn't always my position - at one time, I was anti-choice. I also once supported a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates: Social Issues. 29 March 2012. “The best way to ensure equal rights for everyone involved in a personal loving relationship is to get government completely out of the marriage business. The real meaning of marriage is a bond of love that ties the hearts of two people together. We all know that real marriage has nothing to do with a government-issued license. Why should we—as citizens of the greatest democracy in the world—give politicians, bureaucrats, and judges power over our most intimate loving relationships?” (votetulsi.com)
  • Adrienne LaFrance. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard's Leftward Journey. 17 January 2012. “Today, she says she is pro-choice and would fight to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates. 29 March 2012. “I realized that a constitutional amendment defining marriage – even the one I and most Hawaii voters had supported – was anathema to the personal freedom we enjoy in America. And so my positions evolved. I can promise Hawai’i that when I get to Washington I will fight any efforts to undermine our reproductive freedom, and I will fight for the repeal of DOMA.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates. 29 March 2012. “I'm committed to preserving a woman's right to choose, and I want to tell you how I got here. This wasn't always my position - at one time, I was anti-choice. I also once supported a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.” (votetulsi.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Campaign: Updates: Social Issues. 29 March 2012. “The best way to ensure equal rights for everyone involved in a personal loving relationship is to get government completely out of the marriage business. The real meaning of marriage is a bond of love that ties the hearts of two people together. We all know that real marriage has nothing to do with a government-issued license. Why should we—as citizens of the greatest democracy in the world—give politicians, bureaucrats, and judges power over our most intimate loving relationships?” (votetulsi.com)

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  • Tulsi Gabbard. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “We’ve learned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that the best way to defeat the terrorists is through strategically placed, small quick-strike special forces and drones — the strategy that took out Osama Bin Laden. We also know that civilian casualties are much lower with this strategy than with conventional strategy. However, we must improve safeguards to avoid civilian causalities.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Guest Contributor. Hawaii Reporter: On 10th Anniversary, Tulsi Gabbard Calls for End to War in Afghanistan. 7 October 2011. “Gabbard stated, 'We have learned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that the best way to defeat the terrorists is through strategically placed small quick-strike special forces and drones-the strategy that took out Osama Bin Laden. We know that this fresh approach to our nation's security is the way to go.'” (www.hawaiireporter.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. Honolulu Civil Beat: Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey. 16 July 2012. “We’ve learned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that the best way to defeat the terrorists is through strategically placed, small quick-strike special forces and drones — the strategy that took out Osama Bin Laden. We also know that civilian casualties are much lower with this strategy than with conventional strategy. However, we must improve safeguards to avoid civilian causalities.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Guest Contributor. Hawaii Reporter: On 10th Anniversary, Tulsi Gabbard Calls for End to War in Afghanistan. 7 October 2011. “Gabbard stated, 'We have learned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that the best way to defeat the terrorists is through strategically placed small quick-strike special forces and drones-the strategy that took out Osama Bin Laden. We know that this fresh approach to our nation's security is the way to go.'” (www.hawaiireporter.com)

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  • Tulsi Gabbard. For Gabbard, reward found in ‘serving others.' 8 April 2012. “Gabbard said her emphasis in Congress would be to improve the economy, which supports essential services such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.” (www.mauinews.com)
  • Tulsi Gabbard. For Gabbard, reward found in ‘serving others.' 8 April 2012. “Gabbard said her emphasis in Congress would be to improve the economy, which supports essential services such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.” (www.mauinews.com)

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