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Patty Murray's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (WA) - Sr, Democratic Minority Conference Secretary
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Congressional Election 1992 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?
Reducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
Permitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
Providing some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
Providing a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Repealing luxury taxes on limited items.
Providing a temporary investment tax credit.

Supporting a tax policy that ensures that all levels are paying their fair share of the tax burden.

Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.
Keep Spending The SameHealth Care
Keep Spending The SameUnemployment
Increase SpendingAIDS Research
Increase SpendingEnvironment
Keep Spending The SameDefense
Increase SpendingEducation
Increase SpendingNational Debt Payments
Keep Spending The SameDrugs
If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?
XReduce governmental defense spending.
Reduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.

Re-examine social programs and fight for a long-term econmic plan that puts people back to work.

Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?
SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
Strongly SupportFederal support of job retraining programs.
Strongly SupportFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
OpposeMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
OpposeMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
Strongly SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.
Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?
Restricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
Imposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
Requiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
Imposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.

Working on breaking down illegal trade barriers in Japan.

Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?
SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
OpposeContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?
Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
Offering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
A system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.

Implement federal oversight of health care system, w/strict cost-containment mechanisms, while increasing access and maintaining choice of...

If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?
XIncreased federal funding.
Increased state and local funding.
XImproved teacher recruitment and training.
National curricula and standards.
XSmaller classes.
Increased national testing.
A "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.

Use the Department of Education as aresource center for local school districts.

If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"
XProvide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
XProvide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
XWork with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.
What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?
Strongly OpposeOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Strongly OpposeAmending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
Strongly SupportReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.
Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.
Strongly OpposeParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
Strongly SupportFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
SupportWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.
Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?
Strongly OpposeExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
Strongly SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
Strongly SupportA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
OpposeA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.
Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?
a. What will you do about each priority?

Implementing a long-term economic strategy to provide jobs and reduce the $4 trillion debt. we must shift R&D funding from military to civilian technologies to stimulate economic growth and investment in infrastructure, manufacturing, and job training. We must finally have a national education policy. I advocate reducing the military budget by at leats an additional $100 billion over the next five years and dividing the funds between the deficit reduction and investment in a long-term economic plan.

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?

THe federal government must implement health care reform. I will work to provide strict cost-containment mechanisms and increase access. At leats $200 billion a year is spent on excessive administrative costs and unnecessary procedures--this must be eliminated. A federal plan must include freedom for consumers to choose their physician, hospital, and other health care providers. Health care decisions must be taken out of the hands of insurance companies and returned to individuals and their health care providers.

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