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Tammy Duckworth's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 8, Democratic
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Tammy Duckworth has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tammy Duckworth is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, 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

  • Tammy Duckworth. Issues: Civil Rights. Access 28 September 2012. "I fully support a woman's right to control her own body. I do not support any restrictions on a woman's right to choose or her access to safe, affordable reproductive health services. I believe that all Americans are afforded a right to privacy and the right to make personal decisions about their health care without coercion." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed L. Tammy Duckworth in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Issues: Civil Rights. Access 28 September 2012. "I fully support a woman's right to control her own body. I do not support any restrictions on a woman's right to choose or her access to safe, affordable reproductive health services. I believe that all Americans are afforded a right to privacy and the right to make personal decisions about their health care without coercion." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed L. Tammy Duckworth in the 2012 general election. (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

  • Tammy Duckworth. Getting America Back to Work. 21 March 2012. "Allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% to expire." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Walsh, Dold, Biggert Make Seniors, College Students Pay for Millionaire Tax Breaks. 16 April 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Walsh, Dold, Biggert Make Seniors, College Students Pay for Millionaire Tax Breaks. 16 April 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Getting America Back to Work. 21 March 2012. "Allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% to expire." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tammy Duckworth. Jobs and the Economy. 10 October 2012. "The federal government has an important role to play in strengthening our economy and this will be my first priority once elected to Congress. I propose a combination of short-term programs that will immediately help accelerate and reinvigorate our economy and long-term policy initiatives that will establish lasting growth. My jobs plan includes significant short-term investment in infrastructure, transportation, schools, communication, utilities and education." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Jobs and the Economy. 10 October 2012. "The federal government has an important role to play in strengthening our economy and this will be my first priority once elected to Congress. I propose a combination of short-term programs that will immediately help accelerate and reinvigorate our economy and long-term policy initiatives that will establish lasting growth. My jobs plan includes significant short-term investment in infrastructure, transportation, schools, communication, utilities and education." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
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

  • Tammy Duckworth. Education. 10 October 2012. "The federal government can and must provide resources and support to the public education system in this country. I support accountability in the classroom and the federal government's role in establishing guidelines, but believe control needs to remain at the local level." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Education. 10 October 2012. "The federal government can and must provide resources and support to the public education system in this country. I support accountability in the classroom and the federal government's role in establishing guidelines, but believe control needs to remain at the local level." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed L. Tammy Duckworth in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tammy Duckworth. ABC Local: 2012 Tammy Duckworth Congressional Questionnaire Responded "I was disappointed that the U.S. did not sign on to the Kyoto Accords and would work hard to make America a leader in any future international environmental agreements." to the question: "Do you believe there is global warming? If so, is any of it man made and can we do anything about it?" (abclocal.go.com)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed L. Tammy Duckworth in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tammy Duckworth. ABC Local: 2012 Tammy Duckworth Congressional Questionnaire Responded "I was disappointed that the U.S. did not sign on to the Kyoto Accords and would work hard to make America a leader in any future international environmental agreements." to the question: "Do you believe there is global warming? If so, is any of it man made and can we do anything about it?" (abclocal.go.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tammy Duckworth. Chicago Tribune: 2012 Editorial board questionnaire. Responded "No. I support the Affordable Care Act and, in fact, I believe that it didn't go far enough. Ultimately, I favor a move towards single-payer and will work in that direction while protecting the ACA and the improvements it made to the Medicare system" to the question: "Do you favor repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Chicago Tribune: 2012 Editorial board questionnaire. Responded "No. I support the Affordable Care Act and, in fact, I believe that it didn't go far enough. Ultimately, I favor a move towards single-payer and will work in that direction while protecting the ACA and the improvements it made to the Medicare system" to the question: "Do you favor repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
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

  • Tammy Duckworth. Chicago Tribune: 2012 Editorial board questionnaire. Responded "Comprehensive immigration reform must require people who have come here illegally to step forward, admit to and pay fines for violating our laws, pass a criminal background check, learn English and pay their full share of taxes owed. If an immigrant meets all of those requirements while continuing to be gainfully employed, he or she would be allowed to pursue legal status" to the question: "How should the U.S. government reform its immigration system, and how should it treat the 12 million immigrants who are here illegally?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Chicago Tribune: 2012 Editorial board questionnaire. Responded "Comprehensive immigration reform must require people who have come here illegally to step forward, admit to and pay fines for violating our laws, pass a criminal background check, learn English and pay their full share of taxes owed. If an immigrant meets all of those requirements while continuing to be gainfully employed, he or she would be allowed to pursue legal status" to the question: "How should the U.S. government reform its immigration system, and how should it treat the 12 million immigrants who are here illegally?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tammy Duckworth. Issues: Civil Rights. Access 28 September 2012. "The LGBT community is entitled to the same rights afforded to everyone else. My view on LGBT equality is rooted in love. While I was recovering at Walter Reed after being shot down in Iraq, my husband Bryan was at my bedside every day. Not only was he offering love and support during such a difficult time, but he was also making critical decisions for me that improved the quality of my life to this day. Often, those decisions were contrary to what my mother would have decided, but as my life partner, my husband knew me better and made the correct choices for me when I could not. I support the freedom to marry because everyone deserves the same level of access, support and love. As a Member of Congress, I will work tirelessly to support the LGBT community and push for total equality." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Issues: Civil Rights. Access 28 September 2012. "The LGBT community is entitled to the same rights afforded to everyone else. My view on LGBT equality is rooted in love. While I was recovering at Walter Reed after being shot down in Iraq, my husband Bryan was at my bedside every day. Not only was he offering love and support during such a difficult time, but he was also making critical decisions for me that improved the quality of my life to this day. Often, those decisions were contrary to what my mother would have decided, but as my life partner, my husband knew me better and made the correct choices for me when I could not. I support the freedom to marry because everyone deserves the same level of access, support and love. As a Member of Congress, I will work tirelessly to support the LGBT community and push for total equality." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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 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

  • Tammy Duckworth. Chicago Tribune: 2012 Editorial board questionnaire. Responded "I am willing to consider raising the cap on earnings subject to the payroll tax as a way to strengthen the system. I would also take steps to make sure that the Social Security Trust Fund is repaid in full for the funds it has loaned over decades of surpluses" to the question: "Do you support extension of a cut in payroll taxes, which provides money for Social Security? How would you change revenues or benefits to keep the system financial solvent?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Chicago Tribune: 2012 Editorial board questionnaire. Responded "I am willing to consider raising the cap on earnings subject to the payroll tax as a way to strengthen the system. I would also take steps to make sure that the Social Security Trust Fund is repaid in full for the funds it has loaned over decades of surpluses" to the question: "Do you support extension of a cut in payroll taxes, which provides money for Social Security? How would you change revenues or benefits to keep the system financial solvent?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

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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

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