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Carol Shea-Porter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NH) - District 1, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
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Carol Shea-Porter has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Carol Shea-Porter 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

  • Carol Shea-Porter. Issue Position: Right to Privacy. May 14, 2006, Access 13 September 2012. "I believe that we have a right to make our own medical decisions. Women have a right to make their own reproductive decisions, and families have a right to make end of life decisions. We must insist that our representatives in Congress represent us and protect us, and I pledge to be a forceful defender of an individual's right to privacy." (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Carol Shea-Porter voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Carol Shea-Porter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Carol Shea-Porter a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (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

  • Carol Shea-Porter. Columns by Carol: We Can Save the Middle Class. 24 September 2012. "Fairly tax the very wealthy, and take away subsidies. Stop allowing the special interests to write the tax code that allows the super rich and influential to avoid taxes." (www.sheaporter.com)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. Tell It Like It Is - "Seeking a Return": with Very Special Guest Carol Shea-Porter. 20 August 2012. "People who are very high income have been doing very quite well versus the middle class. [¦] My position is that is has been too hard for the middle class, too difficult [¦] you have to pay your fair share." (youtu.be)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. Issues: Deficit and the Debt. 13 September 2012. "In order to properly function, this country must raise revenue. And Republicans in Congress have made it perfectly clear that they would have let this great nation crash into default and ruin our credit rather than raise revenue. They would not ask their campaign benefactors to do what the overburdened middle class has been doing for years"pay up. Republicans refused to close tax loopholes for oil companies and other corporations. They refused to take subsidies away. They refused to give up the Bush-era tax cuts." (www.sheaporter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carol Shea-Porter. NHPR: Candidate Forum on Business and Economy. 17 September 2012. "There is a partnership there. There is a venture capital firm that is attracting capital to New Hampshire, by having federal funding supporting it. To the tune of about 4.5 million dollars. And that encourages individual investors to come in knowing that there will be some money backing that investment." (www.nhpr.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Carol Shea-Porter voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Carol Shea-Porter a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Carol Shea-Porter voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. Where are the Jobs? 14 September 2012. "It raised the already largest debt in history that President Obama had inherited from the previous administration, but it also created or saved jobs and funded projects around the country. The Congressional Budget Office recently confirmed again that the Stimulus did help by keeping the unemployment rate from climbing even higher. I always believed that 1/3 of the stimulus money should have been used for a jobs program to build and repair infrastructure. This would have served two purposes--it would have brought jobs and money to our communities and rebuilt our failing infrastructure, so I view that as a missed opportunity." (www.sheaporter.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

  • Carol Shea-Porter. Education. Access September 14 2012. "Cutting school budgets is a short-term solution that will result in an even greater long-term problem." (www.sheaporter.com)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. Education. Access September 14 2012. "Money alone won't solve all of our problems. But to cut funding when we're already in a very precarious state defies logic and reminds me of the old and wise saying, penny-wise, pound-foolish." (www.sheaporter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Carol Shea-Porter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Carol Shea-Porter voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Carol Shea-Porter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carol Shea-Porter. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Carol Shea-Porter voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Carol Shea-Porter a grade of 45." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carol Shea-Porter. Health Care. Access 14 September 2012. "So, how's it working out so far? There are many snags that still need to be worked out. I said it wasn't perfect. For example, there was a provision that was too burdensome for small business. That was repealed by a bi-partisan vote. However, I believed it would be a huge help for the average American. And it has been." (www.sheaporter.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. Press Release. 23 March 2010. "This bill will help improve the lives of people across the country. I was honored to stand up for middle class families everywhere by delivering health care reform." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Carol Shea-Porter. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Carol Shea-Porter voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 60 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 91 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Carol Shea-Porter voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Carol Shea-Porter voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
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.
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

  • Carol Shea-Porter. Get the Facts. 24 September 2012. "CAROL IS COMMITTED TO PRESERVING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. She opposes the 2011 and 2012 Republican Voucher-care privatization legislation that will hurt seniors." (www.sheaporter.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Carol Shea-Porter supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Carol Shea-Porter. Medicare and Social Security. 14 September 2012. "Social Security had its 75th Birthday last year. While Americans celebrated this vital program that has provided economic support and dignity to seniors, disabled people, and children of deceased workers, there were members of Congress and a political party who were laying plans to change and jeopardize the program. The Republican Party leaders, who previously tried to privatize Social Security in 2005, decided to "save" Social Security from the very people who have spent a lifetime paying into the program. Their Chairman of the Budget Committee introduced "The Path to Prosperity," which included raising the qualifying age and, yes, privatizing it." (www.sheaporter.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

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Inferred Answer

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Unknown Answer

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