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Suzanne Bonamici's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OR) - District 1, Democratic
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Suzanne Bonamici has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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

  • "As a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, I am committed to working for the rights of women to choose their own healthcare and method of family planning." (
  • "On the anniversary of a landmark case that secures a constitutional right to abortion, Congress should commit to reducing unwanted pregnancies, making family planning services available, and making sure abortions are safe, legal, and rare." (
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

  • "I support eliminating redundant programs, letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest, and protecting the savings that have already resulted from the Affordable Care Act." (
  • "Unfortunately too many in Congress continue to push to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent. During the past decade, we have fought two wars, faced a recession, and started to tackle the debt and the deficit. We need to make tough choices that are fair to all Americans, invest in our infrastructure and education to support our future workforce, and protect the safety net for seniors and the vulnerable. Keeping tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans isn't the right priority for strengthening our economy." (
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

  • "Although I was not in Congress to vote on the Budget Control Act, which included these spending reductions, I have become part of a growing number of members who are working to stop the sequestration cuts. I have repeatedly voted to replace the sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction, and I joined Republicans and Democrats in passing bipartisan legislation asking for more information from the Administration on the impact of these cuts to our local communities." (
  • "Working Americans are the engine of our economy, and investments we make in them help the country on the road to full economic recovery. But instead of investing in working families, the majority's budget slashes programs like nutrition assistance, Medicare benefits, and Social Security; all programs that help lift the vulnerable out of poverty." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) today called for H.R. 15, the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, to be brought to the House floor for an up or down vote. The legislation will extend tax cuts on joint income up to $250,000. Without an extension, these tax cuts will expire on December 31, 2012. In Oregon, approximately 1.4 million families will see their taxes increase by an average of $1,600 if Congress does not take action." (
  • "Today I joined many of my colleagues in voting to extend the middle class tax cuts to more than ninety-seven percent of Americans." (
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To ensure a strong public education system, we must significantly reform federal education policy under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind. Assessments need to be meaningful for teachers and students, and the results should be used to help, rather than punish, teachers and schools." (
  • "Public schools play an important role in Oregon and across the country, and I am working with my colleagues to reauthorize portions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), to ensure our schools, teachers, and administrators have sufficient resources to best serve their students." (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Keystone XL pipeline showcases our continued dependence on fossil fuels, the use of which contributes greatly to anthropogenic climate change." (
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "By focusing our investments on renewable resources, we not only protect our environment but also have the opportunity to support new industries, jobs, and innovative businesses that are developing natural energy sources." (
  • "Investing in clean and renewable energy has and will continue to create jobs, reduce our impact on climate change, and simultaneously reduce our reliance on foreign fossil fuels. Addressing climate change is critical for our planet, our economy, and for national security." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Support EPA regulation of greenhouse gasses. We must reduce greenhouse in a meaningful way to fight climate change and its effects on the environment, health, and the economy." (
  • "Reducing pollutants in our air is critical to the health and safety of people everywhere. This Supreme Court decision is an unfortunate setback to the work being done to reduce harmful emissions from power plants." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I continue to implore my colleagues in Congress to take steps to reduce gun violence." (
  • "We may not be able to prevent every tragedy, but to honor all those who lost their lives and to protect our families, friends, and neighbors, we need to enact a set of level-headed and comprehensive reforms. That should include everything from more access to treatment of mental illness, stepped-up community policing, universal background checks, and reasonable restrictions on new purchases of assault weapons and high capacity magazines." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Everyone in our country should have access to affordable health care." (
  • "If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, insurers could continue to deny health coverage based on pre-existing conditions like diabetes and cancer; insurers could drop your coverage when you get sick and need it most; and young adults would no longer be able to remain on their parents’ health plan until age 26. The ACA is not a perfect law, but we must not return to the days of high-cost plans that don't provide adequate coverage." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The American public has reached consensus, as has the United States Senate. It is time for Members of the House to put aside their differences and pass a bill that grows the economy, creates a modernized immigration system, enhances our security, and creates an achievable path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants." (
  • "A comprehensive immigration reform bill will address the range of issues contributing to our broken system and acknowledge the 11 million people who are already here and are working hard, paying taxes, and raising their families." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am a proud cosponsor of both the Respect for Marriage Act, which will repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the Social Security Equality Act to extend Social Security benefits to same-sex partners." (
  • "This is an historic day for marriage equality and for freedom in our country. Same-sex couples will no longer be restricted from marrying, and they and their families can live with dignity." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The approach the President announced this evening is a coordinated anti-terrorism strategy that does not involve putting U.S. troops on the ground. Our country has seen too much war, but we cannot ignore mass murder and despicable violence." (
  • "I do not take any decision involving U.S. military action lightly. The amendment I supported today is limited in scope and duration. It will discourage potential ISIL recruits from joining the group; instead building a viable anti-ISIL force on the ground. Doing nothing to tip the balance of power in Syria will give ISIL free reign. That is unacceptable. This approach is short-term, requires congressional oversight, and does not commit any U.S. ground troops." (
No Inferred 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

  • "I stand firm in my belief that we must not allow Social Security and Medicare to be privatized or compromised." (
  • "Additionally, I will protect — not privatize — Social Security and Medicare, and work to maintain programs that help those who are struggling and the middle class." (


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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