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Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Max; 1 Child: Zachary
Birth Date: 12/03/1970
Birth Place: Aberdeen, SD
Home City: Brookings, SD
Religion: Lutheran
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Stephanie Herseth Sandlin refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Herseth Statement on HB 1215. 7 March 2006. "This legislation, which contains no protections for victims of rape or incest, and provides no exceptions for a mother's health, is far outside of the mainstream. I don't believe this bill represents the views of the majority of South Dakotans. There is, however, widespread support in the state for working in a bipartisan manner to make abortion more rare by reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, strengthening the adoption system, and making it easier for families to raise young children. But instead of looking for common ground on which we can work together, the proponents of this extreme bill have chosen a highly political and divisive approach." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 5475. 111th Congress. Family Farm Estate Tax Relief Act of 2010. Introduced on 28 May 2010. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was a CO-SPONSOR. (thomas.loc.gov)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 22 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted YES on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted NO on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Fiscally Responsible Budget Resolution Passes House; Puts Nation Back on Track to Fiscal Health. 29 March 2007. "The Budget Resolution also provides for middle-class tax relief including a long-term fix of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and calls for the extension of the child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, the 10-percent individual income tax bracket, the deduction for state and local sales taxes, and reform of the estate tax." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of the Club for Growth 16 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Economy. "I have been working hard to respond to the national economic recession that is affecting South Dakota, and to ensure the prosperity and viability of small community business across our state. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which I supported, provides tax relief for businesses in the form of enhanced expensing and bonus depreciation for investments in new facilities and equipment, an extension of the carry back period for net operation loss to five years, a delay of the 3% withholding tax on payments for the sale of goods or services to governments, and a cut in the capital gains tax cut for investors in small businesses who hold stock for more than five years." (hersethsandlin.house.gov)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted NO on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Economic Security for South Dakota's Working Families. "I am committed to economic policies that promote growth and prosperity for all Americans. The recent economic stimulus package that I supported doubles small business tax write-offs for new capital investments." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Herseth Sandlin Helps Pass Economic Stimulus Package. 7 February 2008. "Today, Congress took an important step in helping to strengthen and stimulate the economy by providing families, seniors and veterans a rapid infusion of funds to help them meet their everyday needs. I'm pleased the House and Senate, along with the White House, were able to put partisanship aside and quickly reach an agreement to move forward with a timely, targeted, and temporary stimulus package." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Herseth Sandlin Supports Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 13 February 2009. "Herseth Sandlin said, 'We are facing a severe economic crisis that calls for quick and decisive action. South Dakota is not immune to national trends, and this bill will have a strongly stimulative effect on our economy through tax cuts, job creation and infrastructure investment. While no bill is perfect, inaction when facing such a serious situation would be irresponsible. As we look to stave off a long-term economic recession, I believe that things will only get worse the longer we delay taking action to stimulate the economy in the short-term, and strengthen it in the long-term.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Economy. "In Congress, Stephanie continues to work to bring the solutions South Dakotans need during these tough economic times, advocating for policies that spur economic development. To support jobs right here in South Dakota, Stephanie voted to crack down on the off-shore tax havens of big corporations who ship jobs overseas and instead, give a payroll tax holiday to local businesses." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Social Security. 9 February 2005. "I share the concern of many independent commentators that efforts to fix Social Security through privatization will ultimately do more harm than good. What we need is a broader debate about real retirement security." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Seniors. "A tough economy can unfairly impact seniors. Stephanie has never voted to cut Medicare benefits and will not allow Social Security to be privatized." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? 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 Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Securing Resources for Quality Education. "Since its implementation it is clear that the No Child Left Behind Act has fallen far short of its stated goals. As Congress considers a reauthorization, I will work to ensure that the new legislation provides for increased flexibility for local educational agencies by allowing use of growth models and multiple measures of student success, takes appropriate and reasoned steps to hold failing schools accountable, does more to integrate students with disabilities and Native American students, and provides greater resources and tools for recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and administrators." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Herseth Response to President's Budget. 6 February 2006. "The President's budget cuts 2.1 billion from education programs, restricting or eliminating programs ranging from pre-school to adult education. The proposed budget would fund No Child Left Behind at $15 billion less than its authorized level, taking the cumulative NCLB shortfall to over $55 billion since the legislation was signed four years ago." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Education. "Stephanie has been a consistent advocate for improving educational opportunities to ensure our children have the experiences and skills they need to live healthy, successful lives and America remains competitive in a global economy. Stephanie supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which continues to provide critical assistance to states facing drastic budget situations that threaten the quality of education in South Dakota and across the country. In addition, Stephanie has long supported the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Further, she is committed to improving No Child Left Behind, and is closely following discussions related to the reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted NO on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bennett, Brandon. 2008. Black Hill Pioneer: Herseth puts biomass in spotlight, hosts roundtable. 22 January 2008. "Herseth Sandlin came away from the meeting hopeful that Congress can do something?we're in the process right now. I'm talking to my colleagues and we're going to introduce a bill that will help cellulosic ethanol grow." (www.zwire.com)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Why I Want to Represent the People of South Dakota in Congress. "I also use my position as one of just 15 members of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global warming to emphasize the continuing need to invest in the future of renewable biofuels, including ethanol and biodiesel." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Op-Ed: Protecting South Dakota's Rural Economy. 12 March 2010. "The passage of this resolution would prevent EPA from enforcing regulations under the Clean Air Act. I believe the Clean Air Act was not designed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and have concerns that any such regulation could have unintended consequences in South Dakota. Moreover, enforcing this disapproval resolution would allow Congress time to set up a new legislative framework to address climate change in a more responsible manner. Once again, we are seeing one-size-fits-all policy being crafted by some in Washington who don't understand the unique needs and strengths of our state. In passing the Clean Air Act, Congress did not intend to give the EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases, and this resolution makes that clear. In addition to the resolution of disapproval, I am also a cosponsor of separate bipartisan legislation to explicitly make clear that the Clean Air Act does not allow for regulation of greenhouse gases with respect to climate change. This legislation would also amend the 2007 Energy Bill to stop EPA from including international indirect land use changes in determining American renewable fuels policy, and would broaden the definition of renewable biomass to the Farm Bill definition." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Rehberg, Herseth Sandlin Introduce Bipartisan "LEASE Act" to Reign in Agency Overregulation. 13 May 2010. "Once again, we are seeing one-size-fits-all policy being crafted by some in Washington who don't understand the unique needs and strengths of South Dakota. This legislation will ensure that until Congress acts, rural communities are protected from agencies acting on their own and issuing regulations that could harm our energy and agricultural producers, and other industries." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Energy Independence. "Stephanie knows that South Dakota's renewable energy industry can lead the way when it comes to creating jobs and growing small businesses in our rural economy. That's why she supports a comprehensive approach to meeting our energy needs that takes advantage of sources of energy abundant in South Dakota, like wind, renewable fuels and biomass. Through her position on the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, she advocates for of the unique needs and contributions of rural America in our country's new energy economy." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Stephanie Herseth Sandlin a grade of D. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2008 National Rifle Association gave Representative Herseth Sandlin a grade of A, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Herseth Sandlin Comments on Supreme Court Gun Decision. 26 June 2008. "I'm pleased with this ruling, which ensures that an individual's Constitutional right to bear arms remains protected. In South Dakota, the Second Amendment is a fundamental part of our way of life, and this is a victory for our state's hunters, sportsmen and women, and gun owners." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Conservation and South Dakota's Sportsmen and Women. "I received an "A" rating from the NRA because I oppose further restrictions on gun ownership at the federal level, and I believe that we should focus our attention on enforcing the laws already on the books. As a defender of our Second Amendment rights, I support allowing law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to carry firearms for personal protection. I oppose federal firearm registration and licensing, as well as attempts to limit gun owners' rights through bans on types of firearms or ammunition." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Gun Rights. "Hunting and spending time in the outdoors are not only favorite pastimes for South Dakotans, but an essential way of life. Stephanie strongly supports Second Amendment rights and is proud to receive an "A" rating from the NRA." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent between 1991-2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 78 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Ensuring Quality and Affordable Health Care. "Congress must act now to make health care coverage more affordable and available for all of our citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I believe it's critical that we control rising health care costs, increase quality and value within our health care system, and that we improve access to health care and affordable health care insurance coverage. H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, represents one of the most important votes of the year, on an issue that has been a priority for me since I first was given the honor of representing South Dakotans in Congress. I have long believed that the strength of our communities in South Dakota depends on the health of our people and that, unfortunately, quality, affordable care remains out of reach for far too many South Dakotans. I am convinced this Congress and the President will achieve fundamental reform because our country must fix what's broken in our health care system. The status quo is unsustainable. There is simply too much at stake for South Dakota's families and businesses, who have either seen their premiums rise sharply year after year, or who still have no access to an affordable plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Op-Ed: Health Care: Let's Focus On Areas Of Agreement First. 11 September 2009. "The moderates in the House have our work cut out for us but looking at what lies ahead in the legislative process, I'm hopeful that we can refocus our energy on aspects of reform that can garner bipartisan support. We need to get this right, and thus far, too much energy has been expended on the more controversial proposals put forth, like the public option, or even on correcting misinformation about what's actually in the bill. That's unfortunate and it does a disservice to one of the most important issues for every South Dakotan." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Issue Position: Health Care. "Stephanie has advocated for health care reform since she was first elected to Congress, and she is committed to working to improve health care access, quality, and affordability in South Dakota. Although she could not support the recent legislation that passed the House, the bill does include a number of good provisions that she does support, including eliminating insurance companies' ability to exclude people with preexisting conditions or to cancel coverage if you get sick. She also supports the provisions allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, as well as the creation of transparent health insurance exchanges for individuals and small businesses, where private insurers compete for their business. She was disappointed that the final product that the Congress voted on was not, on balance, a bill she could support. She believes the bill, overall, was too expensive. But, she believes that now it's important to focus on the ways we can work together to preserve what is good in the bill, and fix where it falls short. While some have called for repealing the law, Stephanie thinks the better way forward is to work together to continue to improve this bill and our health care system for all." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 46 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 17 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Woster, Kevin. 2010. Rapid City Journal. Herseth Sandlin for immigration control, against congressional ban on federal suit. 22 July 2010. "Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin said Thursday that she does not support an effort to end a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the state of Arizona over its controversial new immigration law. She does, however, support efforts to fight the flow of illegal immigrants and protect citizens along and near the border with Mexico from escalating violence and drug trafficking. Herseth Sandlin said she will focus on strengthening immigration policy. She said she has heard from South Dakotans who are worried about the potential for racial profiling under the Arizona law." (www.rapidcityjournal.com)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin supported the interests of Peace Action West 17 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Herseth Sandlin statement on the President's address to the nation on Afghanistan. 1 December 2000. "The President is rightly focused on our core policy objective in Afghanistan: to combat al-Qaeda and ensure that this region can never again be used as a base for terrorist action against Americans. The United States and our NATO allies have a direct interest in disrupting and dismantling al-Qaeda and countering extremist Taliban forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is a national security imperative. Through meetings with the Secretary of Defense and other officials, I have communicated my priorities to the Administration. We must have a clear mission, create conditions for accountability, be able to measure progress towards our goals, and work to meet those goals as quickly as possible. Our commitment is not indefinite, and our resources are not infinite. And critically, we must give our precious American men and women in uniform all the resources and support they need so they can complete their mission as quickly and safely as possible. I'll continue to work with the Administration, military officials and members of Congress to meet these goals and ensure a clearly defined and measurable mission for our nation's involvement in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Herseth Visits Afghanistan with Congressional Delegation. 12 January 2006. "Long-term recovery in Afghanistan depends not only on military security, but also on the re-establishment of vital industries like agriculture. There is great potential for agriculture to help drive the recovery of Afghanistan, as it continues its transition to a post-Taliban economy and society. The United States is playing a key role in this transition and growth, and there are already officials from the United States Department of Agriculture on the ground helping to reestablish infrastructure, including irrigation systems and access roads to marketplace." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted YES on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)

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