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Katherine Savers McGovern

Katherine McGovern's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Katherine Savers McGovern
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Brian; 3 Children
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Katherine McGovern refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Katherine McGovern. Facebook: Wall. 24 March 2012. "It seems impossible that our daughters, nieces, granddaughters, and other women are facing the possible loss of contraceptive rights and choices due to extremists' attempts to impose their view(s) on all others. Yet we are! Stand up for women's health rights - vote and urge your friends and family to speak up and vote - silence on these issues = approval of the attacks on women and risks your rights as a woman to control decisions regarding your body." (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Katherine McGovern. Dallasnews.com: 2012 Dallas Voter Guide U.S. House, District 32. Responded "I support the President's plan. The United States has done what can reasonably be accomplished to assist the Afghans in the assumption of responsibility for their own security. It is appropriate to hand security over to Afghanistan and its people." to the question: "President Barack Obama wants to hand over all security of Afghanistan to Afghans by the end of 2014. Do you support that goal? Why or why not?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Katherine McGovern. Dallasnews.com: 2012 Dallas Voter Guide U.S. House, District 32. Responded "The 2003 tax cuts were implemented as a temporary reduction in taxes at a time when the U.S. had a budget surplus. Since that time we have had significant financial setbacks, as a result of the housing market collapse, as well as the unfunded costs of two prolonged wars. We can no longer afford to continue these tax cuts. Nor can we afford to give subsidies and tax breaks to businesses and high income individuals where no corresponding benefit can be demonstrated at a time when we are struggling with a significant deficit and need for revenue enhancement to support governmental operations." to the question: "Do you favor reforming the U.S. tax code? If so, how many tax rates would you prefer? What deductions should be retained, if any?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Katherine McGovern. LWV Collin County/Plano Questionnaire. 15 April 2012. "I would propose strategies which focus on job creation through funding infrastructure projects. This has proven effective in the past in putting more Americans back to work, with the resultant ripple effect benefitting businesses serving and supplying such governmental investment.* I would propose increases in grants and other government investments in research and development, in "green" technology, in energy for the future, in enhanced education and retraining, and in urban transportation development. These investments create higher quality jobs which should expand the middle class and provide a career path to the "American Dream" of success sufficient to provide for one's daily needs and allow savings for the future.* It is a mistake to focus on immediate control of the debt. A longer term plan for debt control and reduction is the better way to go until the recovery is solidly intact. This economic approach to our controlling our budget deficit is based on the opinions of most economists and analysts, when an economy is in the early stages of recovery, government investment can do a great deal to speed up the recovery and to put our country on more solid competitive footing in the world market." (votesmart.org)
  • Katherine McGovern. Dallasnews.com: 2012 Dallas Voter Guide U.S. House, District 32. Responded "Based on the opinions of most economists and analysts, when an economy is in the early stages of recovery, government investment can do a great deal to speed up the recovery and to put our country on more solid competitive footing in the world market. It is a mistake to focus on immediate control of the debt. A longer term plan for debt control and reduction is the better way to go until the recovery is solidly intact." to the question: "The federal debt has passed $14 trillion and is growing. What strategies should Congress use to control its growth?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Katherine McGovern. Economy and Jobs. 3 August 2012. "Based on the opinions of most economists and analysts, when an economy is in the early stages of recovery, government investment can do a great deal to speed up the recovery and to put our country on more solid competitive footing in the world market. It is a mistake to focus on immediate control of the debt. A longer term plan for debt control and reduction is the better way to go until the recovery is solidly intact." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? 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 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

  • Katherine McGovern. Issues: Education. 4 October 2012. "The U.S. Department of Education, and other federal agencies which receive federal funds for education grants to state or local government, should engage in a mutual goal with state and local entities to avoid any student's failure to achieve to the best of that student's ability. The President's Race to the Top Challenge is an example of a program with a mutual goal of education." (www.mcgovernforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Katherine McGovern. LWV Collin County/Plano Questionnaire. 15 April 2012. "The Administration has approved drilling permits in numerous areas of the Gulf and on other lease areas, once the entity seeking such permit has met the requisite drilling standards. I support an approach which incorporates standards for responsible practices." (votesmart.org)
  • Katherine McGovern. Dallasnews.com: 2012 Dallas Voter Guide U.S. House, District 32. Responded "We must therefore look beyond our current reliance on limited fossil fuels to fund research and development of alternate energy sources for the future. I support the President's 'all of the above' approach which includes fossil fuels as one energy resource to be developed." to the question: "Some environmentalists criticize the way natural gas is produced in this country, including in North Texas. The Gulf of Mexico has energy reserves, but some critics don't want to drill there. And the debate over drilling in the upper reaches of Alaska remains a conflict between producers and environmentalists. How would you balance the need for greater energy resources with respect for the environment?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Katherine McGovern. Health Care/The Affordable Care Act. 3 August 2012. "Repealing the Affordable Care Act would: [¦] lead to huge gaps of available medical services for those who have the greatest need of them...drive up the deficit [¦] increase taxes (particularly at the state and local levels), and place crushing medical costs on the medical providers and on those who have insurance or the ability to pay." (www.mcgovernforcongress.com)
  • Katherine McGovern. Congressman Pete Sessions Cited for Distortion of Facts on Affordable Care Act. 25 July 2012. "It is now time for Texas Republican politicians like Congressman Pete Sessions and Rick Perry to stop wasting taxpayer dollars fighting something that the Supreme Court has made clear is perfectly legal. It is time to move on and to start taking steps to implement the law. Texas is already well behind the curve, and Texas taxpayers and businesses are going to be the ones who suffer. It's time to stop playing politics. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect legislation. It may require amendments and some corrections but it's a good program to build on and improve [¦] McGovern stated that the decision of the US Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act will benefit millions of Americans [¦] 'The newest Congressional Budget Office ('CBO') rating shows that, rather than increasing the deficit by trillions as Republican politicians like Sessions assert, the ACA will reduce the deficit by $84 billion.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Katherine McGovern. Dallasnews.com: 2012 Dallas Voter Guide U.S. House, District 32. Responded "No. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides a basic roadmap for the goals of universal coverage. For example, the universal coverage provision helps to control escalating medical costs caused by the unpaid emergency care services provided to uninsured individuals which are then passed on to paying patients directly or indirectly through increased insurance costs." to the question: "Should Congress repeal the Affordable Health Care Act? If so, what, if anything, should replace it?" (c3.thevoterguide.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

  • Katherine McGovern. Facebook: Wall. 16 June 2012. "President Obama's decision to allow "Dreamers", undocumented Americans to avoid deportation under certain circumstances is a step in the right direction. As a Country, we has spent too much time, money and reputation trying to deport undocumented Americans who are adding so much to the strength of this Country. Good decision, Mr. President! FORWARD!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Katherine McGovern. Twitter: @mcgforcongress. 21 July 2012. "Apparently the GOP would rather deny undocumented American youth legitimacy than recognize the values on which... (twitter.com)
  • Katherine McGovern. Dallasnews.com: 2012 Dallas Voter Guide U.S. House, District 32. Responded "As a member of Congress, I would re-introduce and/or co-sponsor the DREAM Act in order to deal with the undocumented members of our communities who immigrated to this Country with their parent(s). The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) should be amended to provide a pathway to either legal status, e.g., permanent legal resident, or citizenship, for undocumented persons who immigrated to this Country more than 20 years ago and who have lived productively in this Country." to the question: "How would you, as a member of Congress, overhaul the nation's immigration laws? Please be specific." (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Katherine McGovern. Home. 20 April 2012. "I will fight for: the Dream Act and immigration reform." (www.mcgovernforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Katherine McGovern. Facebook: Wall. 10 May 2012. "The President's statement of support for Marriage Equality reflects a sound decision which recognizes that, in the United States of America, we are all equal. The denial or dilution of rights to one person diminishes all of us. Our laws provide legal rights to those who are able to obtain legal married status. The denial of legal married status because of sexual orientation is wrong. I join President Obama in support of Marriage Equality. Forward!" (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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

  • Katherine McGovern. Personal. 3 August 2012. "As a lifelong Democrat, I am proud of my party's history of bringing about important changes in our country. The Democratic Party has either initiated or given powerful support and protection to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act, as amended, the Equal Pay Act, Title XI, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and so many other laws to foster equality, justice and a level economic playing field to provide people the opportunity to achieve the American Dream." (www.mcgovernforcongress.com)
  • Katherine McGovern. Dallasnews.com: 2012 Dallas Voter Guide U.S. House, District 32. Responded "I support the continuation of Social Security to provide a social safety net. I oppose privatization in any form and/or any use of a voucher system." to the question: "Do you think Congress should overhaul Social Security? If so, what changes would you seek? If not, why wouldn't you overhaul these programs?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)

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