Representative Tammy Duckworth's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Tammy Duckworth
Current Office: U.S. House - District 8, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 8
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Bryan
Birth Date: 03/12/1968
Birth Place: Bangkok, Thailand
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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.

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  • 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)

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  • Tammy Duckworth. ABC Local: 2012 Tammy Duckworth Congressional Questionnaire Responded "We should have completed the fight in Afghanistan instead of starting a new war in Iraq. We've achieved those goals. President Obama has greatly disrupted Al-Queda and Osama Bin Laden has been killed. As a Veteran, I want our troops home more than anyone. We need to complete a thorough, strategic and safe exit from Afghanistan" to the question: "Do you favor President Obama's planned 2014 military withdrawal from Afghanistan? Why or why not?" (abclocal.go.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Chicago Tribune: 2012 Editorial board questionnaire. Responded "The war in Iraq was a distraction from the real threat posed by Al Qaeda and similar extremist groups, and the new focus on eliminating terrorist leaders and disrupting their operations has been more effective" to the question: "Specifically, what should the U.S. mission be in Afghanistan?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Video: Tammy on the Afghan War (MSNBC, 10/7/2011). 7 October 2011. "We need to turn over much of the security to Afghan national forces, our troops have done a great job of training them up. I think we should start drawing down but I want us to leave in a way that we do not have to go back." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Tammy Duckworth. Getting America Back to Work. 21 March 2012. "Make responsible, reasonable cuts to Pentagon and related programs. I can speak with experience about the spending of the Department of Defense, which has the largest budget of any federal agency." (www.tammyduckworth.com)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • Tammy Duckworth. Getting America Back to Work. 21 March 2012. "Targeted tax cuts for businesses can encourage meaningful investment in our economy that will create jobs. I reject the notion that cuts need to come from programs that serve as a safety net for our most at risk populations. I will not support new tax breaks at the expense of critical programs for the most vulnerable among us." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. Getting America Back to Work. 21 March 2012. "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. Ideas like this one are a great place to start." (www.tammyduckworth.com)
  • Tammy Duckworth. NBC 5 Chicago: 2012 Ward Room Q&A. Responded "Let's take that type of program and have a tax credit for businesses who hire those that have been unemployed more than six months. We need to extend the payroll tax cuts" to the question: "What's your plan to bring more jobs to northern Illinois?" (www.nbcchicago.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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tammy Duckworth. Issue Position: Energy, Gas, and the Environment. 1 January 2012, Access 28 September 2012. "My first priority when discussing energy policy is to put a higher priority on reducing energy use. Conservation efforts can make a difference faster than alternative fuels or expanded drilling programs, and they should be a prominent part of any legislation. Government subsidies to the oil and gas industry need to end as they are obstructing progress towards cleaner, more efficient energy systems. We can create American energy independence by rewarding and promoting businesses that seek innovations in renewable energy." (votesmart.org)

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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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