Representative Janice 'Jan' D. Schakowsky's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 9, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
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Jan Schakowsky is currently being tested through the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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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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  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a leading member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, I have also fought for reproductive freedom." http://schakowsky.house.gov/womens-issues/ (schakowsky.house.gov)

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  • "I reintroduced the Fairness in Taxation Act which creates new, higher tax brackets for millionaires and billionaires starting at 45% for income over $1 million and going up to 49% for income over $1 billion. Those rates would also apply to capital gains and dividends for income over $1 million. This legislation would raise more than $800 billion over 10 years and would help address our fiscal challenges while protecting our important priorities." http://schakowsky.house.gov/fair-taxation/ (schakowsky.house.gov)
  • "And speaking of inheritance, last Thursday the Republican majority house voted to eliminate the estate tax altogether. Understand that you can already pass on to your children $5.4 million or $10.8 million as a couple. But now they wanted to do more for 5,500 estates by scrapping any tax. Doing that will cost the treasury $259 billion over 10 years. Remember, this is money passed on to the likes of Paris Hilton and her bratty brother who did not work even one single hour to earn it. And this tax cut is part of a $1Trillion tax cut, almost all for the wealthiest, over 10 years, unpaid for, adding to the debt." http://schakowsky.house.gov/press-releases/the-emerging-populist-groundswell/ (schakowsky.house.gov)

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  • Cosponsored H.R.3382 "Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3382/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Smarter+Sentencing+Act+2013%22%5D%2C%22cosponsor-state%22%3A%22Illinois%22%7D (www.congress.gov)

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  • "Today, I reintroduced my jobs plan, the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act, which would make needed investment in good-paying jobs that will strengthen American communities all over the country." http://schakowsky.house.gov/press-releases/rep-schakowsky-reintroduces-the-emergency-jobs-to-restore-the-american-dream-act/ (schakowsky.house.gov)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the payroll tax cut and the tax credits expanded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the child tax credit and the earned income tax credits) together would keep more than 2 million Americans above the poverty line and reduce the severity of poverty for 19 million more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/577264/schakowsky-statement-on-voting-for-the-tax-relief-unemployment-insurance-reauthorization-and-job-creation-act-of-2010#.VY3L0XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Race to the Top competition has created an incentive for school districts and local organizations to partner with one another to implement new ideas. A number of people have raised serious questions about certain aspects of the President's agenda for education, such as the move towards charter schools or the use of competitive grants. That said, the Race to the Top program has jumpstarted the national conversation about how to make education work better for this country's children and has already begun to implement real change." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I support strong standards for our educational system but believe that No Child Left Behind needs to be substantially overhauled, and that teachers must play a significant role in any education reform we do." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXtfrHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I voted against H.R. 3, the Keystone XL approval bill. I did so because the pipeline would threaten public health and the environment while having no beneficial impact on energy security or consumer costs."http://schakowsky.house.gov/press-releases/schakowsky-statement-on-vote-against-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?hc_location=ufi (schakowsky.house.gov)

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  • "The Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) has played a critical role in our green energy economy, particularly with the wind industry in Illinois. More than 100,000 people are employed in the wind industry alone, and much of that growth has resulted from the PTC. We must act quickly to renew the PTC so that wind energy and jobs continue to grow." http://schakowsky.house.gov/green-energy (schakowsky.house.gov)
  • "[...] I am committed to promoting sustainable and renewable clean energy development, achieving energy independence through use of sustainable 21st-century technologies and increasing energy efficiency." http://schakowsky.house.gov/energy-environment/ (schakowsky.house.gov)

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  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I support legislation to reduce the pollution that causes global warming, create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, and enhance America's energy independence." http://schakowsky.house.gov/climate-change (schakowsky.house.gov)

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  • "I support common-sense gun safety legislation, and I believe Congress needs to act immediately to stop the proliferation of weapons that threaten the safety of our communities. This is a public safety issue and a public health issue, one that threatens our families and neighborhoods every day." http://schakowsky.house.gov/gun-control/ (schakowsky.house.gov)
  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We have made major strides in recent years, and I am especially proud of the passage of the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. It is already benefiting millions of Americans, and it lays a strong foundation to make even more improvements." http://schakowsky.house.gov/health/ (schakowsky.house.gov)
  • Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of reform. I support a comprehensive approach that strikes the right balance between securing our borders and providing a viable and humanitarian option for the over 12 million undocumented individuals currently living in the United States. We need to create a pathway to citizenship so that undocumented immigrants can come out from the shadows, legally get jobs, learn English, pay taxes, and earn the opportunity to become American citizens." http://schakowsky.house.gov/comprehensive-immigration-reform (schakowsky.house.gov)
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGo8XUVikp (votesmart.org)

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  • "I believe the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed in 1996, is unconstitutional and needs to be struck down." http://schakowsky.house.gov/lgbt-equality/ (schakowsky.house.gov)
  • Do you support same-sex marriage? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGo8XUVikp (votesmart.org)

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  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGo8XUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/610696/#.VY3S_HUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • " Some have suggested privatizing Social Security, subjecting the benefits to the ups and downs of Wall Street while others have suggested raising the age of retirement. I will fight to make sure that we protect Social Security's solvency and that we do not unfairly reduce benefits that are so critical for American families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567477/issue-position-social-security#.VY3UGHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGo8XUVikp (votesmart.org)

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Illinois Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
NoIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

We need to address the deficit, and the First step is to create jobs and strengthen the economy. Over the longer term we need to bring down the deficit in a way that is balanced and does not shift the burden to the middle class and the poor, and I have proposed plans and legislation that would do so.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizen's United.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I support extending the tax cuts for the middle class and not for income over $250,000

YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • "The Race to the Top competition has created an incentive for school districts and local organizations to partner with one another to implement new ideas. A number of people have raised serious questions about certain aspects of the President's agenda for education, such as the move towards charter schools or the use of competitive grants. That said, the Race to the Top program has jumpstarted the national conversation about how to make education work better for this country's children and has already begun to implement real change." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I support strong standards for our educational system but believe that No Child Left Behind needs to be substantially overhauled, and that teachers must play a significant role in any education reform we do." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

I support strong standards for our educational system but believe that No Child Left Behind needs to be substantially overhauled, and that teachers must play a significant role in any education reform we do.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I do not support military action against Iran at this time, but I do not believe we can take it off the table for the future. We need to fully exhaust all diplomatic + economic options before considering military force.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
g) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

[a) Agriculture] Candidate drew a "*"
[g) International aid] Candidate drew a "*"

*I support increases in some areas and cuts in others.

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

We need to act aggressively to protect the middle class and provide opportunities to those who aspire to it. This means that we need to be aggressive in creating and supporting good jobs - jobs that provide adequate pay and benefits. We need to expand access to health care and make sure that children have access to quality education. We need to stop the housing foreclosure crisis that threatens so many families. And we need to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. We can pay for these priorities by asking more from millionaires, billionaires, and rich corporations that ship jobs...