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Ann Kirkpatrick's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 1, Democratic
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Ann Kirkpatrick 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. Ann Kirkpatrick 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 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

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28425/ann-kirkpatrick/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-choice. Women have the right to make their own health-care decisions, and our government should never limit women’s access to reproductive health services." http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=kirkpatricka (www.azcentral.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

  • "Yes, I believe millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share in taxes. Currently, our middle-class working families are paying taxes at a higher rate than the super rich, and that’s not right." http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=kirkpatricka (www.azcentral.com)
  • "The bill also threatens enhancements made to refundable tax credits for working families that expire in 2017, the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit, the American opportunity tax credit for education." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/869199/american-research-and-competitiveness-act-of-2014/?search=income%20tax#.VXYSjHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "But when our prisons are needlessly overcrowded, taxpayers are stuck with the tab. I support efforts to find a common-sense solution to this problem [...]" http://www.azcentral.com/news/free/20130812holder-targeting-lengthy-mandatory-drug-sentences.html (www.azcentral.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe the private sector and small businesses drive our economy, and that means the federal government should work to ensure the private sector is as robust as possible." http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=kirkpatricka (www.azcentral.com)
  • "During my previous term, I sponsored legislation that created jobs through federal action rather than federal spending, and that’s an approach I support during this term as well." http://kirkpatrick.house.gov/issues/fiscal-responsibility (kirkpatrick.house.gov)
  • "Investments in infrastructure are investments in American innovation and the middle class. Arizona has widespread infrastructure needs, and Ann knows we can create thousands of jobs by getting folks to work on these projects. With smart, targeted investments, we can build the foundation for our long-term economic prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1104548/issue-position-building-critical-infrastructure (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government has grown too large, and the best way to address this issue is to reign in unnecessary spending. In Congress, I was a relentless advocate for fiscal responsibility. With the federal debt at historic levels and the budget deficit over $1.5 trillion, I repeatedly stood up to the administration and House leadership and fought to cut spending and crack down on waste." http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=kirkpatricka (www.azcentral.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In addition to these major projects, I will continue to push for common sense ways to jump start our small business community. We can do that through tax credits, tax cuts, streamlining the process to apply for and receive loans, and intervening on behalf of small businesses when dealing with banks that won't work with them to keep their doors open." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/558150/issue-position-jobs/?search=tax#.VW85fHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Congresswoman has been working throughout her first term to cut the taxes that make it tougher for small businesses to thrive, and the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act includes several key provisions that she has been fighting for." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/520475/rep-kirkpatrick-helps-pass-bills-to-create-small-business-jobs-reduce-tax-burden/?search=income#.VXYWAHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a Member of the House Small Business Committee, I am working to help small businesses lift us out of this economic downturn. That's why I co-sponsored the Small Business Formation and Job Creation Act, which will cut taxes on new small businesses to make it easier for them to succeed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566945/issue-position-jumpstarting-our-economy-and-creating-new-jobs/?search=tax#.VXYYU3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Local education leaders are the ones who best understand the diverse dynamics of not only each district but each school." http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=kirkpatricka (www.azcentral.com)
  • "Our children deserve far better than what they are getting out of Washington and the Bush Administration. No Child Left Behind is a cute slogan - but it's an ugly policy that has not helped our children learn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/350868/issue-position-education#.VXYZPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline." http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944 (votesmart.org)
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

  • "[...] my district has dozens of small towns and thousands of small businesses and working families who cannot afford new burdens. I will not support efforts that would harm the local economies in my district or that lack provisions for responsibly transitioning these communities toward a clean-energy economy." http://kirkpatrick.house.gov/issues/energy-and-environment (kirkpatrick.house.gov)
  • "I support and encourage renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which will improve our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, lower energy costs, and create thousands of new, good-paying jobs right here in Arizona." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/558156/issue-position-clean-energy/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VW867XUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When new, burdensome EPA regulations were announced earlier this year that called for Arizona to cut carbon emissions by more than 50 percent, Kirkpatrick denounced the rules as a threat to jobs in her district and another example of the EPA being out of touch with rural and Western energy issues." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/927415/kirkpatrick-has-long-record-of-standing-strong-against-epas-misguided-regulations (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • "I challenged the White House and Congressional leadership by voting against Cap and Trade because it would raise energy costs for working families and kill jobs at local coal plants, small businesses, farms and ranches in Greater Arizona." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/558156/issue-position-clean-energy/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VW867XUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • "Since arriving in Washington, I have joined 64 of my fellow Democrats in sending a letter to the Attorney General opposing his proposal to ban so-called 'assault weapons,' which would affect many of my constituents who use these guns for the same reasons as any other gun." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566948/issue-position-protecting-our-second-amendment-rights#.VXYeDHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28425/ann-kirkpatrick/37 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "I'll keep fighting to make sure that the Affordable Care Act is working for Arizona families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/841053/kirkpatrick-introduces-common-sense-aca-fix/?search=Affordable%20Care%20act#.VXhGNXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe the hard-working families of my district need the protections of the Affordable Care Act." http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=kirkpatricka (www.azcentral.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

  • "[...]I am opposed to amnesty. Illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes in this country should be deported. Others should be given an opportunity to earn their citizenship by going to the back of the line, paying a fine, learning English and showing that they are working, contributing members of their community." http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=kirkpatricka (www.azcentral.com)
  • "Ann has been a consistent advocate for the DREAM Act, which offers a chance at the American dream to undocumented young people who were brought to this country as children and are now working hard, playing by the rules and helping to strengthen our communities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1104554/issue-position-immigration-and-border-security (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "The policy of encouraging employers to provide family health benefits is not served either by denying to employers the tax deduction for providing those benefits to married gay and lesbian couples or by refusing to cover spouses of gay and lesbian federal employees." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court#.VXhI7XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Arizona Republic "Like many Arizonans over the past few years, I have come to support marriage equality. […] the civil issue is up to the states, and I believe government should treat people equally." http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=kirkpatricka (www.azcentral.com)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28425/ann-kirkpatrick/76 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our nation must fight relentlessly to destroy ISIS -- using every resource this effort requires from our military and intelligence operations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102889/statement-on-orlando-shooters-isis-allegiance (votesmart.org)
  • "Now that we have ceased most of the military operations in Iraq and we have eliminated Osama bin Laden, I hope efforts will be accelerated to bring home the troops in Afghanistan. Our country must transition toward new ways of using our defense and intelligence resources to limit the ability of terrorist organizations to regain full strength in these regions." http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=kirkpatricka (www.azcentral.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

  • " I have and will continue to fight against any proposal to hand over seniors' Social Security to Wall Street CEOs to gamble in the stock market. The financial stability that Social Security provides is just too important to put into a risky privatization scheme." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/558153/issue-position-social-security#.VXhM4HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am staunchly opposed to privatization. We need to improve Social Security, but we can do it without sending our money to Wall Street."http://azdailysun.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/article_64adc178-9752-5159-b803-a6196db6dbee.html (azdailysun.com)
  • Rated 81% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28425/ann-kirkpatrick/53 (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.

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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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