Representative Diana Louise DeGette's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 1, Democratic
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Diana DeGette has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Colorado Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am proud to co-chair the House Pro-Choice Caucus, and I will continue to stand strongly for everyone's right to make his or her own healthcare decisions.

YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

We must examine every option to balance our budget while supporting important priorities, and as a part of that, we should examine defense spending and tax rates for high earners, among others.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

Our current campaign finance system isn't working, and I support efforts to strengthen reporting, transparency, and contribution limits in ways that do not violate people's First Amendment Rights.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

Capital punishment is neither an effective nor ethical way to punish those who commit crimes. I am deeply disturbed by mounting evidence that suggests innocent people have been executed, as well as evidence showing that the death penalty is sought more often in cases with minority defendants.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

I support using every tool available to strengthen our economy and create jobs. As a part of that strategy, I support a tax code that is simple, fair, and does not skew in favor of the wealthiest.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

We should continue to push for the highest possible standards in every classroom, and every parent and educator must share in the urgency to give every kid a chance at a great education. Federal grants should support these reform efforts, but we must be careful not to penalize kids because their classroom or school system is still catching up.

YesInferred Answer Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations
  • "If the Keystone XL proposal meets existing regulatory requirements, Congress should stand by the robust process we currently have in place. "PCT 2014
NoDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

If the Keystone XL proposal meets existing regulatory requirements, Congress should stand by the robust process we currently have in place.
Our current offshore requirements allow for energy production so long as it is safe and meets key environmental benchmarks. Reducing those benchmarks would disrupt a system that is currently working.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

We should regulate greenhouse gasses, much as we effectively have done with other pollutants, to reduce and hopefully reverse climate change.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I believe in the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and a right to self-defense. I support the sale of hunting rifles for recreation and tourism. We should properly check to make sure that weapons are not sold to convicted felons or others who should not possess them.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

Healthcare reform is providing coverage and essential health services to millions of Americans. It would be a mistake to take away people's coverage and undo important reforms. I continue to work to fix the Affordable Care Act where it is not working properly.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

We badly need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, brings people out of the shadows, and makes our broken system work. We should offer a path to citizenship for those who come forward, pay any needed back taxes, and enter our legal system.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I am a strong supporter of full equality for loving couples, and I am proud to be a founding member and vice-chair of the House Equality Caucus.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Congress has a duty to authorize and oversee the use of force, and actions must be taken in close consultation with Congress and its Constitutional obligations.

Stopping nuclear proliferation, especially among hostile governments, is a key national security priority of the United States. At the same time, military action must always be a last option.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Social Security provides a critical foundation for millions of Americans' retirement. People who have worked their whole lives should not see their earnings risked in ways that could undermine Social Security for future generations.


Indicate what federal spending 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
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories


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.

Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

I want to continue to create jobs and grow the economy, provide greater opportunities for all, and specifically, I will continue my leadership on key issues that help accomplish this, including a revamp of our medical research system, expanding clean energy use, and guaranteeing equality for all Americans.