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Elizabeth Warren's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (MA) - Sr, Democratic
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Elizabeth Warren 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

  • Elizabeth Warren. Women. 12 September 2012. "Women also must have the full range of reproductive health care options available to them. This includes access to contraception, maternity and newborn care, and safe abortion services. At a time when a minority in this country wants to cut off such access for women, it is important to speak out to protect a woman's right to make decisions about her body." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Video: TV Ad: Still. 26 August 2012. "We're still fighting to protect a woman's right to choose, nearly forty years after Roe vs. Wade." (www.youtube.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Warren in New Ad: Women Can't Back Down. 27 August 2012. "She has made clear she will stand with women across the Commonwealth to protect their access to health coverage, fight for fair pay, and defend their reproductive rights." (elizabethwarren.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Elizabeth Warren. Veterans, Military Families, and National Security. 12 September 2012. "I believe it is time for our servicemembers to come home from Afghanistan. We need to get out as quickly as possible, consistent with the safety of our troops and with a transition to Afghan control. Ultimately, it is the Afghans who must take responsibility for their own future." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Boston Globe: 2012 Elizabeth Warren's Deficit Response. Responded "And finally, we should end the war in Afghanistan. As of last year, Pentagon estimates had the cost of the war at $2 billion per week." to the question: "Please cite five substantive things you would do to cut the budget deficit in a significant way. Please be as specific as possible." (articles.boston.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren's Proposals Cut "67 Percent More" Debt than Brown's. 12 September 2012. "Save Money on Defense: End the war in Afghanistan while maintaining the safety of our troops, and save money by aligning our defense budget with our strategic goals." (elizabethwarren.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Oakes and Kathleen McNerney. WBUR: Looming Defense Cuts A Key Issue For Brown, Warren. 2 August 2012. "In a statement to WBUR, Democratic Senate challenger Elizabeth Warren acknowledged sequestration would not be good for Massachusetts and said across-the-board defense cuts could be avoided if Congress ends tax breaks for oil companies, closes loopholes, and takes other action. But she said also it is possible to make defense cuts in a targeted way." (www.wbur.org)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Jobs and the Economy. 12 September 2012. "As we wind down two wars, we can make cuts in our defense budget - smart, targeted cuts that preserve our national security" (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren's Proposals Cut "67 Percent More" Debt than Brown's. 12 September 2012. "Save Money on Defense: End the war in Afghanistan while maintaining the safety of our troops, and save money by aligning our defense budget with our strategic goals." (elizabethwarren.com)
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

  • Elizabeth Warren. Twitter: elizabethforma. 15 August 2012. "I support the Buffett Rule so billionaires don't pay lower tax rates than the middle class. Brown voted against the Buffett Rule." (twitter.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Jobs and the Economy. 12 September 2012. "We need to go back to Clinton-era tax rates for the wealthiest Americans." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Boston Globe: 2012 Elizabeth Warren's Deficit Response. Responded "First, do not extend the Bush tax cuts on those earning more than $250,000 and return the estate tax rates to the 2009 level. This would save $968 billion over ten years." to the question: "Please cite five substantive things you would do to cut the budget deficit in a significant way. Please be as specific as possible." (articles.boston.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren's Proposals Cut "67 Percent More" Debt than Brown's. 12 September 2012. "End Tax Breaks for the Wealthiest Americans: Return to the Clinton Era tax rates for the wealthiest, and end special breaks that allow millionaires and billionaires to pay a lower tax rate than middle class families." (elizabethwarren.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Elizabeth Warren. New Report on Construction Jobs Highlights Need to Rebuild Now. 17 August 2012. "This report highlights what we already know “ we have construction workers who need jobs and crumbling roads and bridges that need repairs. Smart investments in transportation, communications, and education infrastructure will not only create jobs now, it will lay the groundwork for a healthier economy for the years to come" (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Jobs and the Economy. 12 September 2012. "China spends 9% of its GDP on infrastructure, and Europe spends about 5% of GDP, while the US is spending 2.4% and looking for cuts. This is no way to build a competitive future. We could be making improvements right now - creating good jobs and investing in our future." (elizabethwarren.com)
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

  • Elizabeth Warren. Warren: Brown's Phony Attacks can't hide his record for billionares and big oil. 14 August 2012. "I support tax cuts for 98% of all families and 97% of all small businesses, and I don't believe they should be held hostage to bigger cuts for the richest people and biggest corporations [¦] I support tax credits for families and small businesses that are in the health care reform bill." (elizabethwarren.com)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Elizabeth Warren. Energy and the Environment. 12 September 2012. "If we invest now in a 21st century energy system, over time we can lower the costs of production for all of our businesses. Right now, renewable energy competes with old energies that get lots of special breaks from Washington. We know that we can generate power with alternative energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. We also know that we can make energy usage far more efficient. If we commit ourselves to clean energy and energy efficiency now, in the long run we can reduce price swings and lower our overall costs." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Jobs and the Economy. 12 September 2012. "If we invest now in 21st century energy, over time we can lower the costs of production for all of our businesses. Right now, renewable energy is forced to compete with old, dirty energy sources like oil and coal that get billions in special breaks from Washington. Massachusetts can lead the world in using green technology and increasing energy efficiency, and the benefits will help make our products competitive around the world. Again, we could do this right here, right now - and create jobs here in Massachusetts." (elizabethwarren.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Abel. Boston Globe: Rivals Split on Enviromental Issues. 03 August 2012. "As a senator, she would try to eliminate more than $20 billion in subsidies for oil companies, invest more heavily in renewable energy and research, and seek a consensus about the best method of lowering emissions, she said. 'The question is whether we're going to do everything we can do now to take action,' she said. 'Given the gridlock in Congress, I think we need to remain flexible about the particular means but show real commitment. . . . Wherever we can find the opportunities to cut carbon in the atmosphere, we should take them.'" (www.boston.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Energy and the Environment. 12 September 2012. "Carbon-heavy fuels also intensify the risks of climate change. The science is unmistakable: Earth's climate is changing and human activities are contributing to climate change. Climate change endangers our health and national security, it threatens agricultural production and access to clean water, and it risks floods and droughts [¦] We know what we need to do. We have known what we've had to do since the 1970s. But powerful oil, gas and coal companies have blocked real change. We can't keep putting off the changes we need to make. Investing in clean energy technology is investing in our health, our environmental security, our national security, and our economic security." (elizabethwarren.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Elizabeth Warren. Video: Elizabeth Warren Says Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban a Good Place to Start on Gun Control. "Q: Do you think there's any hope of getting things to shift on the gun question? A: There has to be. The answer is that there has to be [¦] We've got to start with something that's easy for people to get and that most people agree with- assault weapons." (:10, :52) (youtu.be)
  • Noah Bierman. Boston Globe: Senate rivals divided on guns. 27 July 2012. "Warren's campaign said she favors an extension of the ­assault weapons ban, supports proposals to require more rigorous background screenings, including for people who purchase firearms at gun shows; and opposes limits on the sharing of firearms trace information. 'There is a huge difference between the guns of a sportsman or homeowner and high-powered assault weapons with 100-cartridge magazines,' she said. 'I grew up around guns and gun owners, and I will work to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens. But the law must reflect the reality that, in the wrong hands, guns can be used for violent crimes, disrupting communities and making families and neighborhoods less safe.'" (www.boston.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Elizabeth Warren. Health Care. 12 September 2012. "Today, there are two pressing challenges: too many want to repeal health reforms that will make a big difference in people's lives and the cost of health care remains too high. We cannot let those who want repeal to succeed." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Scott Brown Stands with Romney and Republicans to Repeal Health Care Reform. 12 September 2012. "This decision ensures that millions of children, seniors, and families will continue to benefit from health care reform [¦] By upholding this legislation, the Supreme Court has ensured that every American can get access to high quality, affordable health care and fair treatment from insurance companies." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Twitter: elizabethforma. 28 June 2012. "I'm relieved by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the 2010 Affordable Care Act. #ACA" (twitter.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Warren Says Affordable Care Act Showing Results for Massachusetts Families. 1 August 2012. "By ensuring that insurance companies cover key preventive health services free of charge, the Affordable Care Act is already providing real benefits to women and families here in Massachusetts and across the country [¦] 'Scott Brown and the Republican Party want to tear up the health care reforms, end these benefits, and spend more time refighting political battles. This is wrong, and I will fight to protect health care reform so that families throughout the Commonwealth will have access to high quality and affordable care." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. What Republicans want to take away. 8 July 2012. "Now that the Supreme Court has resolved the last challenge to health care reforms, we have a real opportunity to move ahead, to concentrate on strengthening our economy and giving hard working families a chance to build real security. It's time to move forward." (www.metrowestdailynews.com)
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

  • Glen Johnson. Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren tells Boston.com chat she will bring outsider view to Washington. 22 June 2012. "I believe in the Dream Act [¦] When Scott Brown voted against it, he denied the dreams of young people who did nothing wrong and who are trying to get an education or serve in the military. I thought that was wrong. I support the president's recent actions to help these kids." (www.boston.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Immigration. 12 September 2012. "We need common sense, comprehensive immigration reform. Any reform should have three components: It must uphold existing laws, protecting our borders and enforcing our laws against recruiting, hiring, and exploiting undocumented workers. It needs to be fair to all taxpayers and to legal immigrants. There should be a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but one that would require them to pay taxes and go to the back of the line. It needs to help us retain talent trained at our world-class institutions and support job creation." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Warren Statement on President Obama's Immigration Policy Announcement. 15 June 2012. "These young people did nothing wrong, they were brought to this country by their parents. They have gone to school here or served in the military, and they should be able to continue living and working here." (elizabethwarren.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Elizabeth Warren. Boston Pride. 09 June 2012. "Elizabeth is proud that Massachusetts has led the nation in protecting and promoting equality for LGBT Americans - from marriage equality to the Transgender Equal Rights Bill." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. LQBT Americans. 12 September 2012. "Elizabeth is an advocate for LGBT rights and marriage equality. She'll fight to repeal DOMA and continue to push for policies that prohibit discrimination against LGBT individuals in the workplace." (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Standing with the LGBT Community. 12 September 2012. "Elizabeth supports ending the two-tiered system created by the Defense of Marriage Act. Our federal government should not treat same-sex couples with contempt by refusing to give them coequal status with heterosexual couples. Once married, all couples and their families should have the same protections, the same benefits, and the Same tax treatments" (elizabethwarren.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Twitter: elizabethforma. 09 May 2012. "Proud to stand with our President in support of marriage equality. Thank you, @BarackObama. #lgbt" (twitter.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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  • Richard Gaines. Gloucester Times: House, Senate Candidates Divide on Obama Drone Stand. 01 June 2012. "It has now been more than one year since the death of Osama bin Laden, and the president's aggressive operations have eliminated many of Al-Qaeda's senior leadership and weakened its affiliates [¦] But the threat of terrorism remains, and we must remain vigilant. We must continue our political, military, economic, and diplomatic efforts against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, and we need to continue to support the efforts of our intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security, and military professionals [¦] As we pursue these operations, we must never forget that upholding the Constitution and our values is not only the right thing to do, but also a source of strength." (www.gloucestertimes.com)
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

  • Elizabeth Warren. Boston Globe: 2012 Elizabeth Warren's Deficit Response. Responded "It would be a breach of trust"and just plain poor economic policy"to jeopardize these programs with unnecessary cuts or risky privatization schemes, especially when the wealthy and well-connected continue to enjoy special tax deals." to the question: "Most independent deficit analysts say entitlement projected spending will need to be reduced to solve the budget deficit. Which programs would you cut, and what cuts would you make? If you decline to cut entitlements, where would you find the savings?" (articles.boston.com)
  • Elizabeth Warren. Seniors. 12 September 2012. "Social Security is a promise made to our seniors and it would be a breach of trust - and just plain poor economic policy - to jeopardize this program with unnecessary cuts or risky privatization schemes." (elizabethwarren.com)

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