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Russ Feingold's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Russ Feingold 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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/53361/russ-feingold#.V2sJqHUrIfJ (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

  • "We should end the practice of tax inversions, which allows companies to technically move their headquarters to low tax countries while still doing most of their business in the United States. " http://russfeingold.com/issue/fiscal-fitness-plan/ (russfeingold.com)
  • "Some of the worst inefficiencies in Washington happen when Congress 'spends through the tax code,' often as giveaways to the very powerful and wealthy. To make our budget fiscally sound, we need to deal with these corporate loopholes." http://russfeingold.com/issue/fiscal-fitness-plan/ (russfeingold.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need a strong partnership between states and the federal government to complete our most important infrastructure projects. " http://russfeingold.com/issue/badger-innovation-plan/ (russfeingold.com)
  • "That’s why we must invest in projects like the Small Business Innovation Research Program, which encourages small businesses to conduct research and development. " http://russfeingold.com/issue/badger-innovation-plan/ (russfeingold.com)
  • "Russ’s Fiscal Fitness plan chooses smart reductions that target special interest giveaways while preserving important investments. " http://russfeingold.com/issue/fiscal-fitness-plan/ (russfeingold.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Some of the worst inefficiencies in Washington happen when Congress 'spends through the tax code,' often as giveaways to the very powerful and wealthy. To make our budget fiscally sound, we need to deal with these corporate loopholes." http://russfeingold.com/issue/fiscal-fitness-plan/ (russfeingold.com)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "[...]we can end tax preferences for giant oil and gas companies, which cost taxpayers money, and slow progress to our clean energy future." http://russfeingold.com/issue/closing-special-interest-loopholes/ (russfeingold.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/53361/russ-feingold/#.V2sKLnUrIfK (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/53361/russ-feingold/#.V2sKLnUrIfK (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/53361/russ-feingold/#.V2sKLnUrIfK (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

  • Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/53361/russ-feingold/#.V2sKLnUrIfK (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/53361/russ-feingold/#.V2sKLnUrIfK (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

  • "To defeat ISIS, we must make use of all our resources – military, financial, intelligence-based, and diplomatic – because choking off the lifeblood of such a dangerous group requires a comprehensive and sustained strategy." http://russfeingold.com/issue/national-security/ (russfeingold.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

  • "Now, as one of the most important programs in the history of our country, Social Security is an essential part of a secure retirement, but it’s also not a silver bullet – we also need to ensure fair wages so working people can save more for their retirement years." http://russfeingold.com/issue/retirement-security/ (russfeingold.com)

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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.

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.
XRepealing luxury taxes on limited items.
Providing a temporary investment tax credit.
XOther

Increase income taxes on individuals w/incomes over $150,000 & couples w/incomes over $175,000;expanded & improved R&D tax credit & may...

Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.
Decrease SpendingHealth Care
Increase SpendingUnemployment
Increase SpendingAIDS Research
Increase SpendingEnvironment
Decrease SpendingDefense
Increase SpendingEducation
Increase SpendingNational Debt Payments
Increase SpendingDrugs
If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?
XReduce governmental defense spending.
XReduce 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.
XOther

Increase income tax on individuals w/incomes over $150,000 & couples over $175,000;small tax increase on the top 10% of corporations...

Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?
Strongly SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
Strongly SupportFederal support of job retraining programs.
Strongly SupportFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
SupportMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
SupportMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
Strongly SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.
SupportOther

New national job training fund to assure companies that they will not be competitively hurt by getting into job training.New national ...

Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?
XRestricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
XImposing 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.
XOther

Development of bi-lateral trade arrangements w/countries instead of just a general free trade approach because I think that's the best ...

Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?
Strongly 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?
XElimination 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.
XOther

Best alternative is a universal health care system w/a single payer & although other alternatives may be desiralbe, that one has greatest...

If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?
XIncreased federal funding.
XIncreased 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.
XOther

New national federally funded program along lines of revenue sharing where funds go directly to school districts so they can use funding...

If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"
XProvide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
Provide 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.
XOther

New commitment to rebuilding communities in our country as a way to solve the drug problem;just by using the criminal law & trying to ...

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.
OpposeParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
Strongly SupportFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
Strongly 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.
SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
Strongly SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
Don't KnowA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
Strongly OpposeA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.
SupportOther

Strong right to bear arms;is part of the Constitution,but that does not mean you can't have reasonable limits such as waiting periods.

Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?
a. What will you do about each priority?

Eliminating the Federal Deficit: Support a 5 year deficit reduction plan that would include over $200 billion in defense cuts in weapons & personnel. It would include approximately $100 billion in domestic programs being cut w/out affecting Social Security & would include some $300 billion in taxes & revenue enhancement--not affecting lower and mid-income taxpayers.In addition,$100 billion of the $740 billion from the plan would come from the reduced interest on the federal debt which would come from our plan being enacted.This is far more honest...

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

Health Care:I strongly support a new universal health care system w/a single payer to be administered at the state & local level.And it must include in order for it to be a good program & a money saving program the inclusion of long term care for the elderly & disabled. The plan that I favor would save $$ and pay for itself because of the elimination of duplication between the 1,500 insurance companies,because of the ability to prevent waste in local communities where there are for example too many open heart surgery centers or too many MRI centers...

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