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Stephanie Murphy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 7, Democratic
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Stephanie Murphy 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

  • "At a time when women’s health care is under attack in Washington, Stephanie will strongly defend the rights of women to make their own health care and family planning decisions free from government intrusion." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/women-families/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.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

  • "We need a wholesale review of our tax system that simplifies the tax code, cuts taxes for hardworking, middle class families, and ensures every American and every corporation pays their fair share." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/economy-jobs/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.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

  • "We need a strong, robust infrastructure in order to ensure our economy keeps moving, including historic investments in alternative and renewable "green energy" that creates 21st century jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and helps protect our environment. We must also increase investments in local infrastructure, such as water systems, to keep companies here in Florida. Finally, we need more investments in modern technology infrastructure, such as broadband, so that more budding entrepreneurs can compete in the global marketplace – and so more consumers can buy their products." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/economy-jobs/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need a wholesale review of our tax system that simplifies the tax code, cuts taxes for hardworking, middle class families, and ensures every American and every corporation pays their fair share." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/economy-jobs/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "You can’t have good schools without good teachers, which is why Stephanie wants to support teachers with the tools, training and resources they need to adapt to a rapidly-changing global economy. She’ll push for commonsense reforms that free educators from teaching to tests and encourage more innovative approaches to learning." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/education/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.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

  • "We need a strong, robust infrastructure in order to ensure our economy keeps moving, including historic investments in alternative and renewable "green energy" that creates 21st century jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and helps protect our environment." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/economy-jobs/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com)
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.
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must keep weapons out of the hands of those who wish to wreak havoc on our communities. For instance, Stephanie supports universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, suspected terrorists and the severely mentally ill, including closing the gun show loophole. She also supports "no fly, no buy" because if you can’t board an airplane, then you shouldn’t be able to purchase a weapon without extra scrutiny." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/security/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is irresponsible and reckless to repeal the Affordable Care Act without offering any alternative solution to replace it. To do so would pull the rug out from millions of families and go back to the days when insurance companies ran the table." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/health-care/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.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

  • "As a former national security specialist, Stephanie understands the need to secure our borders and deport those who pose a threat to public safety. She also believes in treating all people and families with respect and establishing a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants already in the country who meet certain requirements. Stephanie also supports the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would help certain individuals who meet specific qualifications have an opportunity to enlist in the military or go to college in order to become a citizen." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/immigration/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Stephanie will also stand up for all families, fighting to strengthen LGBTQ rights by passing the Equality Act. The Equality Act is a bipartisan proposal that would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. It would also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/women-families/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Stephanie knows America must work with our allies, including NATO and Israel, and that we must be strong and smart to destroy ISIS and protect America – not reckless and rash. She will ensure our military has the resources they need to do their job, and our military knows how to do their job better than anyone else in the world." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/security/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.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

  • "In Congress, Stephanie will strongly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security or any similar measures that would gamble seniors’ hard-earned benefits on Wall Street." http://www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com/issue/seniors-veterans/ (www.stephaniemurphyforcongress.com)

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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