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Pramila Jayapal's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 7, Democratic
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Pramila Jayapal 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

  • "Pramila is a staunch advocate for a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. She believes that with Planned Parenthood under attack, now more than ever we must fight for expanded access to women’s health care — including access to abortion care, and expanding preventive care such as mammograms and ovarian cancer screenings. In the State Senate, she helped ensure that women on Medicaid would have access to multiple forms of contraception, so that women could choose what made the most sense for their medical needs." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/women (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice Washington http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/153141/pramila-jayapal/2 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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 will fight for an economy that works for everyone of us, not just the top 1%, because America's economy is strongest when we all have the opportunity to succeed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1084387/issue-position-jobs (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Private prisons are feeding off the failures of our communities and determining where they will build based on the third-grade scores of children in the area. That is unacceptable. Rather than putting Federal dollars in imprisonment, we must invest in eliminating the opportunity gap for kids of color in our schools. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1084331/issue-position-racial-justice (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She will push to invest in jobs specifically targeted at our most disadvantaged young people across America, as well as pushing to invest back into rebuilding our infrastructure through a green-jobs economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1084331/issue-position-racial-justice (votesmart.org)
  • "For decades we’ve put off badly needed repairs to our nation’s infrastructure, resulting in crumbling bridges, overcrowded transit systems, and dangerously outdated electric grids, all while millions of skilled American workers remain unemployed. That’s why in Congress Pramila will support efforts to invest in our nation’s infrastructure, to put people back to work and make the long overdue improvements to our seaports, bridges, interstates, and energy platforms that serve as the backbone of our economy." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/jobs (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She pushed for reforms that take into account the individual student rather than just aggregate data points." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1084370/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)
  • "And she’ll work to get rid of unnecessary testing that burden teachers so that they can get back to preparing our children with the skills they need to compete in the 21st-century economy." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/education (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? 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 Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress, Pramila will push for a clean energy economy that invests in alternative energies, like solar and wind power, and put an end to toxic fracking and deep water drilling that threatens our environment. She will support research and development of next-generation technologies that curb greenhouse gas emissions and improve our health while promoting economic growth and protecting our most vulnerable communities." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/energy-and-the-environment (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
  • "As a State Senator, Pramila helped lead the effort to strip bad environmental provisions from the transportation package, and fight for the largest investment in multimodal transportation options."http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/energy-and-the-environment (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Pramila will stand up to the climate change deniers in Congress and fight for immediate action on climate change — pushing to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. and around the world. Pramila understands the dire consequences any further delay will have on our environment, public health, and local fishing and tourism industries." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/energy-and-the-environment (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? 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 ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While the Affordable Care Act has made great improvements to access to health care for most Americans, many are still not covered or are underinsured. In Congress, Pramila will support efforts to streamline our health care system by reducing the overhead and administrative costs that hinder innovation in the health care space." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/health-care (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
  • "Pramila supports a "single-payer" model that creates comprehensive coverage for all Americans, from preventive care to long-term care, prescription medications, and mental health services. This model will ensure fair prices from drug companies and make strategic health care investments in communities across this country based on accountability and outcomes, not profits." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/health-care (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
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

  • "Under Pramila’s leadership, OneAmerica grew into the largest immigrant advocacy organization in the state, and played a key role in passing the 2014 DREAM Act, protecting drivers licenses for all residents regardless of citizenship, and passing a New Americans Executive Order that helped facilitate immigrant integration through citizenship, English Language learning and cross-cultural understanding." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/immigration (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
  • "Our immigration policies should reflect our values of family, human dignity and work. In Congress, Pramila will work to establish a federal Office for Immigrant Integration, as well as to pass just and humane immigration reform that provides legalization and a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, reunites families, protects immigrant workers on the job, and fully embraces the contributions that immigrants make to our society." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/immigration (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Pramila pushed for LGBTQ equality as a long-term organizing project, leading to One America joining the coordinating committee of the Washington United for Marriage campaign — turning out the vote for marriage equality across the state." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/lgbt-rights (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
  • "Gays and lesbians gained rights in this country though activism and organizing, creating political space and demanding change. I was encouraged by the Supreme Court’s long overdue ruling on marriage equality, but the fight isn’t over, there is still more work to be done to ensure true equality for all Americans." http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/lgbt-rights (www.pramilaforcongress.com)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "At the heart of our society is an intrinsic understanding that we are only as only as good as how we treat the most vulnerable amongst us. That's why we must protect Social Security and Medicare and ensure that our health care system is focused on patients, not profits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1084416/issue-position-seniors (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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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