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Yvette Clarke's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 9, Democratic
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Yvette Clarke 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. Yvette Clarke 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 NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/44741/yvette-clarke#.V0Sx1XUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Roe v. Wade established that every woman has the right to the control of her body - a right that already existed for every man." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761529/us-rep-yvette-d-clarke-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary#.V0SxiXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? "Pro-choice" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "American workers and the owners of small businesses already pay their share of taxes with a deduction from each paycheck or in estimated tax payments each quarter, and cannot avoid their responsibility to pay taxes through complicated schemes designed by financial advisors and tax attorneys for multinational corporations. I believe we should reward work, not gimmicks […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/933618/congresswoman-clarke-applauds-fair-tax-rules-for-corporations/?search=business#.V0S3anUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I agree with President Obama that we must reform the tax code, to eliminate preferential tax rates for oil companies, hedge-fund managers, and corporate airplanes. Instead, we must invest in the American people by reducing taxes for middle-class families […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/622093/rep-yvette-d-clarke-responds-to-president-obamas-remarks-on-the-economy/?search=business#.V0S3w3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Republicans in Congress continue to disregard the opinions of most Americans […] If their so-called commitment to job creation has any legitimacy, then they need to seriously consider the policies provided within the American Jobs Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/650735/where-are-the-jobs-bills/?search=jobs#.V0S4UXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The $787 billion economic stimulus bill has slowly been reaching our local communities over the past few months and is now beginning to show signs of positive impacts on the economy. […] The ARRA has committed $31.8 million in tax cuts, extended unemployment benefits, and "shovel-ready' projects in the 11th Congressional District." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/695052/issue-position-the-american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act/?search=business#.V0S3DnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • http://votesmart.org/public-statement/622093/rep-yvette-d-clarke-responds-to-president-obamas-remarks-on-the-economy/?search=business#.V0S3w3UrIfl (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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 Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] we're here debating whether or not to approve a pipeline, through our nation's Heartland, carrying Canadian tar sand oil. […] While I understand that some of my Democratic Colleagues are in favor, I would strongly urge a 'no' vote on this misguided legislation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/956433/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=renewable#.V0SzY3UrIfI (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

  • "It would seem to me that instead of trying to score political points and refighting old battles, the 114th Congress should be using its first week to bring legislation to the floor that fosters an environment of innovation, energy diversification and an investment in clean, domestic forms of renewable energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/956433/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=renewable#.V0SzY3UrIfl (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a 'cap and trade' system? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, women and children are gunned down every day in urban communities across the country by illegal handgun violence. In fact, on average, more than 100,000 people in the United States are shot and killed with a gun annually. […] These numbers are unacceptable, especially in a State and city with some of the strictest gun laws in the Nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761348/gun-violence#.V0SygnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] I've been such a fervent supporter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which passed the 111th Congress, because it does just that. It ensures that Americans have access to quality health care, and it makes sure that we begin an enlightened process of preventive care, which is the least expensive way of our being able to meet our health care needs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/579169/the-repeal-of-health-care/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.V0S1onUrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
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

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  • Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/44741/yvette-clarke/76#.V0SyQ3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am deeply concerned that our interests are not necessarily aligned with the Syrian rebels. Whether these rebels are truly our allies remains to be seen. Those who we train today could ultimately become our enemies, and could deploy the weapons which we have provided them against us and our allies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/933617/congresswoman-clarke-opposes-the-mckeon-amendment/?search=syria#.V0S2gnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
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

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  • Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/44741/yvette-clarke/#.V0Suf3UrIfI (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.

New York 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?
Noe) 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
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decrease1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Slightly Decrease3) National missile defense
Slightly Decrease4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Decrease5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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 Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly 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?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Nof) 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
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
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?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) 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?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Nof) 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
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.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Improving education and preparing students for a 21st century job market
Helping small businesses succeed and thrive

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