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Tammy Duckworth's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 8, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate - Jr
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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 (
  • "Personal decisions about reproductive health should be based on a woman's own conscience, religious beliefs and sound medical advice -- not the whims of her employer or her legislators." (
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 must let the Bush era tax breaks for the super wealthy expire and ensure that multinational conglomerate corporations, many of which paid no federal income taxes last year, pay their fair share." (
  • "Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider and Bill Foster today announced support the Buffett Rule, a proposal to correct an unfair tax system that forces middle-class families to pay a higher rate than millionaires. It's named for billionaire Warren Buffett, who is leading the fight to fix the system after learning he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary." (
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

  • Signed a letter stating "Very simply, we support transportation and infastructure investment because our economy needs a national system to safely move people and deliver goods from place to place." (
  • "I also believe that investments in our infrastructure and transportation are crucial to creating jobs. I've advocated for construction of the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access project, which broke ground in October of 2013. The project is expected to create 65,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2040 and save drivers $145 million annually in time and fuel costs. I also support the establishment of a national infrastructure bank that will bring our region more projects like this." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This week, I wrote a letter to the Department of Transportation in support for Pace's Regional arterial and express bus rapid transit deployment project. This initiative has major benefits for our District including improved job access, reduced traffic congestion, less pollution, safer communing, and reduced local tax burden." (
  • "I favor targeted, short-term tax incentives for small- and mid-sized businesses that create new jobs, and for any company that hires a worker who has been unemployed. The US Economic Institute estimated that a 15% tax credit for expanded payroll costs could create up to 2.8 million new jobs over a year." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? 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

  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our military and government needs to pursue clean energy to strengthen our national security, grow our economy and protect our children's future." (
  • "[...] I sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and Office of Management and Budget asking that it continue its commitment to renewable fuels. Investments in renewable fuels will help our economy grow by driving innovation and job creation here at home, bringing America closer to energy independence." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On Monday, President Obama announced groundbreaking limits on carbon pollution from electric power plants, a move that will significantly address climate change. I strongly support the president's action because reducing carbon pollution will result in greater national security, cleaner air and healthier communities while strengthening Illinois' economy. Just as military necessity led to energy innovation on the battlefield, these new limits on carbon pollution will provide strong incentives for Illinois businesses to accelerate the development of cleaner, cheaper energy technologies." (
  • "I am committed to securing America's energy future and building a clean energy economy that doesn't rely on other countries, contribute to climate change, or pollute our environment." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence (
  • "Our country is in need of common sense legislation that prevents gun violence. While I will continue to protect the Second Amendment rights of marksmen like myself, there are immediate steps we can take that will ensure the safety of our children, military installations and communities." (
  • "[?] I believe we need to limit access to weapons that can kill a large number of people in just a few seconds. This legislation would ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While far from perfect, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) made many significant improvements to our health care system by giving patients more control over their health care coverage and by holding insurance companies accountable." (
  • "I have spoken with my constituents and business owners across the 8th District who agree that safeguards should be put in place so our businesses are not unfairly burdened. We need to keep the parts of the bill that improve access to affordable health care coverage for individuals and families and fix the parts that could potentially hurt small businesses." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need a long-term plan that will secure our borders and include a responsible path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented individuals who are living in the shadows. It is also a priority of mine that we make sure that our immigration system allows families to stay together. Comprehensive immigration reform is right for our families, our businesses and for our future global competitiveness." (
  • Rated 100% by National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "It is clear that DOMA does not rationally serve and, in fact, undermines, Congress's legitimate interests in the welfare of American families." (
  • Rated 85% by American Civil Liberties Union (
  • "No American should be denied rights because of whom they love or what state they live in. On Capitol Hill, I participated in NoH8 Day to bring awareness to LGBT rights. The Supreme Court and Congress need to grant all Americans - gay or straight - the ability to protect their partner and freedom to love whomever they choose." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is clear that ISIS poses a real and immediate threat to U.S. interests, and potentially, our homeland. I support targeted military action in Iraq and think that in order to destroy ISIS we will ultimately have to follow them into Syria. However, I have serious reservations about the long term commitment of military force in the region without a long term plan. The situation with ISIS is fluid and any action that the U.S. takes must be thought-out and take into account the costs of military action. " (
  • "In the days ahead I will be seeking more information from our military and intelligence communities. But until I feel it's imperative to our national security, I will not support preemptive intervention in Syria." (
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans (


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.

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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.

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