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Cheri Bustos' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 17, Democratic
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Cheri Bustos 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 NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "I support a woman's right to choose and will work to ensure that this remains a decision made by women, not the government. I believe a woman's reproductive health is critically important and support access to family planning and reproductive freedom."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663136/#.VYMz3XUViko (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

  • "I believe that what we cannot do is balance the federal budget on the backs of middle class families, seniors, students and veterans while cutting taxes for big oil companies, corporations that ship our jobs overseas and millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766398/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility#.VZL7vnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Bush-era tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires need to go away. I think millionaires should pay a higher tax rate than those in the middle class." http://www.qconline.com/news/elections/district-primary-candidates-say-job-creation-is-top-priority/article_9f8d9a2e-1cad-581f-904f-9f6706d07abc.html (www.qconline.com)
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

  • Signed a letter stating "Very simply, we support transportation and infastructure investment because our economy needs a national system to safely move people and deliver goods from place to place." http://hultgren.house.gov/sites/hultgren.house.gov/files/2015-02-11_Letter_Long_Term_Highway_Trust_Fund_Solution.pdf (hultgren.house.gov)
  • "As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Aviation and Highways and Transit Subcommittees, I am committed to fighting for all of the region’s airports, roads, bridges, and rail lines because investing in our infrastructure will not only create jobs now but will lead to even greater future prosperity." https://bustos.house.gov/issues/transportation-infrastructure (bustos.house.gov)
  • "What we need to do is invest in our infrastructure because it'll make our country stronger and it'll make our economy stronger. It will lead to more jobs and more economic development down the road." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v-xkxkm6Ao&feature=youtu.be&t=21s (www.youtube.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We should insist that Washington get more efficient and smarter, while making sure we protect the middle class and working families from higher taxes […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663130/issue-position-protecting-taxpayers-reducing-the-deficit#.VZMBZnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted to help pass H.R. 2029, a comprehensive tax extenders package that will preserve tax cuts for working families while providing economic incentives that will help local manufacturers like Caterpillar and John Deere grow. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056748/congresswoman-cheri-bustos-votes-to-preserve-tax-cuts-to-grow-our-local-economy-and-strengthen-working-families#.V3L4XnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that state and local authorities should have a more prominent role in education than the federal government. However, parents and families occupy the most important position. Without support at home, efforts in the classroom will never yield maximum results." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663075/issue-position-education#.VZK4A3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rockford Register "Bustos believes America should 'move beyond' No Child Left Behind. 'It was bipartisan, and the country went into that with good intentions,' she said, but after 10 years, 'We now have Race to the Top,' President Barack Obama's program to challenge schools to improve achievement." http://www.rrstar.com/x1612622285/3-seek-Democratic-bid-in-17th-House-District (www.rrstar.com)
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/50944#.VXtfrHUViko (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

  • Cosponsored H.R.2290 "Rural Energy Investment Act of 2013" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/2290?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Rural+Energy+Investment+Act%22%5D%7D (www.congress.gov)
  • "We need a comprehensive plan that keeps energy affordable, while moving us toward energy independence and cleaner sources of energy […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663125/#.VYNHv3UViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced that five agricultural producers and rural small businesses in Illinois' 17th Congressional District will receive a total of $79,548 to reduce their energy consumption and costs and use renewable energy technologies in their operations. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805201/congresswoman-cheri-bustos-announces-79548-for-farm-rural-business-energy-efficiency/?search=renewable%20energy#.V3L4o3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Affordable and reliable energy is critical to our economy as well as our quality of life. Unfortunately our politicians in Springfield and Washington have embraced policies that increase the cost of energy on small business and consumers as well as continue our dependency on foreign oil. We need a comprehensive plan that keeps energy affordable, while moving us toward energy independence and cleaner sources of energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663125/ (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, after reviewing President Obama's Executive Actions to reduce gun violence, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos offered her support for common sense measures to protect Illinoisans. Bustos, who previously co-sponsored the bipartisan King-Thompson bill in Congress to expand criminal background checks to gun shows, internet sales and classified ads (H.R. 1217)" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056756/congresswoman-cheri-bustos-statement-on-president-obamas-executive-action-to-address-gun-violence#.V3L3dXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As the wife of a Sheriff's Deputy and the mother of three sons who are avid sportsmen, I am an ardent supporter of Second Amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/884215/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.VZMPTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must quickly tackle problems identified as Affordable Care Act implementation continues. My office stands ready to take an active role in that process and I look forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans to ensure all Americans gain access to the quality and affordable health care they deserve." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/830278/bustos-statement-on-presidents-affordable-care-act-announcement/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VZMXHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it makes real improvements in our health care system. It lowers costs for small business owners, prevents insurance companies from denying people with pre-existing conditions coverage and allows children to stay on their parents’ health insurance for longer. It also lowers prescription drug costs for many of our seniors. Because of these improvements, I will oppose any attempts to repeal these needed reforms." https://bustos.house.gov/issues/health-care (bustos.house.gov)
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

  • "I have long shared the view of most Americans that our immigration system is broken and in need of comprehensive reform that includes securing the border and cracking down on employers who undermine American workers by knowingly hiring undocumented workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940071/bustos-statement-on-presidents-immigration-announcement#.V3L5JnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe we should have a path to citizenship." http://www.qconline.com/news/elections/district-primary-candidates-say-job-creation-is-top-priority/article_9f8d9a2e-1cad-581f-904f-9f6706d07abc.html (www.qconline.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Same-sex couples in civil unions and registered domestic partnerships, as well as married same-sex couples living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages, have their applications held, effectively denying them the spouse-based Social Security benefits they have earned. This discrimination is simply unacceptable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/875796/letter-to-carolyn-colvin-social-security-administration-acting-commissioner-same-sex-spouses-deserve-equal-social-security-benefits#.VZMyW3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "It is clear that DOMA does not rationally serve and, in fact, undermines, Congress's legitimate interests in the welfare of American families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court#.VZMyWHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "I strongly oppose the privatization of Social Security or any other attempt to cut guaranteed benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766406/issue-position-medicare-and-social-security/?search=Social%20Security#.VZMzt3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 73% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/134964/cheri-bustos/53#.V3L5y3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I also strongly oppose any attempt to privatize Social Security or cut benefits. Social Security is a critically important element of retirement and I will fight to protect it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663127/#.VYNGjnUViko (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.

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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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