Representative Tammy Duckworth's Political Positions

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)

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)

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)

Vote Smart's Research

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)

Vote Smart's Research

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

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  • 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)

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)

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)

Vote Smart's Research

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

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)

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