Senator Ron Wyden's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (OR) - Sr, Democratic
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Ron Wyden 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. Ron Wyden is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? "Pro-Choice" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/27036/ron-wyden/#.VZQc0BtVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Look, we have a rough consensus in this country. We protect Roe versus Wade. There isn"t public funding of abortions. And, unfortunately, the Nelson amendment would unravel that consensus. This would be a great mistake to pass this amendment and roll back the clock on women"s rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/474095/msnbc-the-rachel-maddow-show-transcript#.VZQd-BtVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "In an uneven economic recovery beset by stagnant wages, it has become clear that our tax code does far more to make it easier for the well-connected to avoid paying their fair share than it does to help working American families make ends meet." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/946028/wydens-response-to-the-state-of-the-union-address#.VabeZHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "So let's try to meet the standard of fairness President Reagan set. I want to hone in on two important things the '86 act did, both of which should happen again. First, it gave fair treatment to wage earners, instead of punishing them by taxing their income at higher rates than others. And second, it cracked down on tax cheats who pry open loopholes and skirt their responsibilities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/972256/hearing-of-the-senate-finance-committee-fairness-in-taxation#.Vabi2nUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "So, finally, if we have in front of us, as we will with progrowth tax reform, the opportunity to create jobs in the private sector, generate revenue in a way that Democrats and Republicans can agree on, make ourselves more competitive in tough global markets, and do it in a way that brings the political parties together, I think it is clear that has the fundamentals of what can take this country's economy in a better and healthier direction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/622764/shared-sacrifice-in-resolving-the-budget-deficit-motion-to-proceed#.Vablu3UViko3 (votesmart.org)
  • "The creation of a bipartisan Congressional Committee to tackle the deficit creates an opportunity to fix what this deal did and achieve what it didn't. It creates an opportunity for Congress to find savings elsewhere and restore those needed investments in our economy. Reducing the deficit doesn't have to be defined by slashing spending to achieve arbitrary goals. This Committee can look for ways to save money by thinking more strategically and finding ways for current programs to operate more efficiently. This committee can look for ways to grow the economy and put people back to work"http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629441/wyden-statement-on-debt-ceiling-vote#.VablA3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "In Eugene, Ron spotlighted how he is working to eliminate tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. 'I want to use those tax dollars we then save to reduce rates for small businesses here at home that are creating what I call "red, white and blue jobs.'" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/981319/blog-as-tax-day-nears-give-april-back-to-oregonians#.Vabgi3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As the author of the first bipartisan comprehensive tax reform in a quarter century, I'm pleased the President has laid out some tax proposals that expand the tax reform discussion to growing the economy through investing in the middle class and working families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/946028/wydens-response-to-the-state-of-the-union-address#.VabeZHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Senator Wyden voted for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) with the understanding that the President would fully fund his flagship education initiative. Unfortunately, the Administration has decided to under-fund NCLB, and if enacted, the President's 2008 budget proposal would bring the cumulative total funding shortfall to $70 billion."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/336497/issue-position-education#.VctkLHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "I voted NO on the KXL pipeline bill again today. American consumers – not foreign oil companies – are my first priority. #NoKXL" https://twitter.com/RonWyden (twitter.com)
  • "Senator Wyden has voted against every Keystone XL pipeline bill the Senate has considered." http://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/blog/post/no-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-ron-stands-up-for-oregonians (www.wyden.senate.gov)

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  • "Investing in clean energy: The U.S. should continue on a trajectory that encourages investment, invention and deployment of the clean energy technologies that are creating jobs today, and will continue to do so for decades to come--from renewable energy and low-carbon fossil energy, to storage and advanced grid systems." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988738/letter-to-all-state-governors-input-on-national-energy-policy#.VabdrHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Geothermal energy projects that are producing geothermal power under the BLM's management make up about half of the total geothermal generating capacity in the United States. This legislation takes an important step to speed the development of this tremendous clean energy potential on public lands, and I urge my colleagues to support it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980502/statements-on-introduced-bills-and-joint-resolutions#.VabfOnUVikom (votesmart.org)

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  • "In a letter sent today, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., asked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to implement GAO recommendations – some made as long as a decade ago – that would protect the environment and secure the full market value of oil and gas production on public lands for taxpayers. [. . .] The GAO found that capturing natural gas in oil and gas production on federal lands, instead of venting or flaring it off, would reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking 3 million cars off U.S. roads and save American taxpayers $23 million every year." http://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/bicameral-lawmakers-call-on-interior-department-to-stop-natural-gas-waste (www.wyden.senate.gov)

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  • Rated 0% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/7276 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, we call on Americans from Roseburg to Blacksburg to speak with one voice: End the complacency. It’s time to take action against gun violence." https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-merkley-call-for-action-to-stop-gun-violence (www.wyden.senate.gov)
  • "I SUPPORT THE LEAST INTRUSIVE REGULATIONS ON THE PURCHASE AND POSSESSION OF GUNS PRACTICABLE TO ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY AND PRESERVE THE SECOND AMENDMENT." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/27036/ron-wyden/ (votesmart.org)

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  • Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/27036/ron-wyden/ (votesmart.org)
  • "The Supreme Court affirmed today that health insurance is not just for the healthy and wealthy and that denying coverage to those who need it most has no place in the United States. I think it is unfortunate that instead of looking for ways to better guarantee health care for their citizens, some states have focused only on repealing a law that would have guaranteed additional care." http://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-statement-on-the-supreme-court-upholding-the-affordable-care-act (www.wyden.senate.gov)

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  • Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/27036/ron-wyden/ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27036/ron-wyden/40#.Vct-LnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Celebrating in PDX w/ @basicrights & so many of the Oregonians who fought for #marriageequality. In the end #LoveWins" https://twitter.com/RonWyden (twitter.com)
  • "The Supreme Court's decision is a wonderful leap forward along the arc toward justice Dr. King spoke of, in recognizing that all Americans should have the freedom to marry the person they love." http://www.finance.senate.gov/newsroom/ranking/release/?id=AFA12F18-9FB7-43CF-85A9-9FF42764C930 (www.finance.senate.gov)

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  • "'Social Security is going broke!' We’ve been hearing it now for decades. This old canard is often followed by calls to privatize Social Security and let Wall Street manage the money – a terrible solution for a problem that simply doesn’t exist." http://www.standtallforamerica.com/2014/08/14/social-security-79/ (www.standtallforamerica.com)
  • "The Congress needs to take steps to ensure that Social Security can pay full benefits for future generations and must avoid creating artificial roadblocks to the proper use of Social Security trust funds." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980511/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-fiscal-year-2016#.VZQjbBtVhHw (votesmart.org)

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Oregon Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decrease2) Military hardware
Greatly Decrease3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
Greatly Decreasem) Other or expanded categories

WASTE, FRAUD, ABUSE

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesInferred Answer 5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations
6) Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations
b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
c) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
a) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
b) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
c) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
e) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
f) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations
b) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
c) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations
b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
e) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations
b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
g) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

I SUPPORT THE LEAST INTRUSIVE REGULATIONS ON THE PURCHASE AND POSSESSION OF GUNS PRACTICABLE TO ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY AND PRESERVE THE SECOND AMENDMENT.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Noc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
d) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations
b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
e) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

SEVERAL QUESTIONS IN THIS SECTION ARE FAR TOO COMPLEX TO DISTILL A YES/NO ANSWER.

NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Three of my top priorities will be tax reform, forest policy and health reform. My bipartisan tax reform plan will cut taxes for the middle class and small businesses and end the incentives for shipping jobs overseas. We also need to adopt the Oregon Eastside Forest Plan that has brought together conservationists and timber companies to devise a balanced approach that will create healthier forests and jobs. Finally, I will help Oregon move forward on it's own model of health reform.

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