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Adam Smith's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 9, Democratic
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Adam Smith has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Adam Smith 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.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Smith. MSNBC "Hardball With Chris Matthews" – Transcript. 19 March 2010. “SMERCONISH: 'What do you think becomes of the Stupak concerns that exist relative to health care?' SMITH: 'I don"t know. And that"s always been a weird issue for me. I agree we should not be changing the Hyde rule in this legislation. I've seen Congressman Stupak's language in the House bill. I've seen the language in the Senate bill. And frankly, it's kind of a Rorschach test for me to figure out the difference. They both seem to state very clearly the Hyde amendment will not be changed by this legislation. There will be no federal funding of abortion services.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Adam Smith voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Adam Smith voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Adam Smith voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Adam Smith voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Adam Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Adam Smith voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Adam Smith voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Adam Smith voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Adam Smith in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Adam Smith voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Adam Smith voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Adam Smith voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Adam Smith voted Did Not Vote on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Adam Smith voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (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 Adam Smith a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Adam Smith voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Adam Smith voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Adam Smith voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. “We urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government. The autonomy of the District is necessary for democratic self-governance, and Congress should be mindful not to violate District residents' rights to control their own tax dollars […] By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Jim Abrams. The Fiscal Times. GOP Report: Automatic Defense Cuts Devastating. 23 September 2011. “The top Democrat on the Armed Services panel, Adam Smith of Washington, said he shared the Republican concern that across-the-board cuts could damage national security. He also urged them to abandon their refusal to consider new tax revenues in coming up with a deficit reduction plan. In order to avoid arbitrary cuts in defense and other programs, he said, 'we must put revenue on the table and we must undergo a comprehensive strategic review to understand how best to spend the defense dollars we have.'” (www.thefiscaltimes.com)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Adam Smith voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Congressman Adam Smith Reacts to Bush Administration FY 2006 Budget Proposal. 7 February 2005. “This is a time when we need to be truly fiscally responsible and put everything on the table, including the President's tax cuts for the very wealthy. The Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House, yet they can't control their spending. As Members of Congress, we need to lay out a reasonable plan with the right priorities to get us back on track to a balanced and fiscally responsible budget.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Fiscally Responsible Fix Does Not Add to the Deficit. 9 November 2007. “The Alternative Minimum Tax was originally enacted to ensure the very wealthy are not able to dodge paying their fair share of taxes. However, because the income level triggering the AMT on a tax return does not rise as inflation rises, the tax now threatens middle class workers like teachers and firefighters. The bill offered today provides a temporary fix to prevent more than 23 million families from being inappropriately required to pay an increased tax rate.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. “We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible […] Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors […] We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. “We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers […] We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith's Response to President's State of the Union. 20 January 2004. “We must roll back the components of the Bush tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the very wealthiest and we need to show restraint on large new spending programs. The Administration's suggestion that their tax cuts have been only a minor factor in the fiscal deterioration is wrong -the tax cuts are the largest single contributor to the deterioration of our budget outlook.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Smith. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Adam Smith voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Adam Smith voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. FOX "Your World" Interview With Representative Adam Smith – Transcript. 23 June 2009. “NEIL CAVUTO: 'Now he's [Obama] acknowledging what other economists are forecasting, double-digit unemployment. So then the one thing that stimulus was supposed to avoid is going to happen, right?' SMITH: 'Well, the point is what the stimulus was meant to do, and certainly I remember when they made that statement -- I never made that statement, no one –' CAVUTO: 'So you knew it was bogus when it was being made, right?' SMITH: 'Well, no. I mean, we didn't know how bad the economy was going to get. But Neil, you have to agree that spending money, putting people to work makes less unemployment. Now, is it, you know, 11 percent instead of 12, is it 9 instead of 10? You know, it's hard to calculate. But when you spend that money -- I mean, the argument about a stimulus package is the short-term benefit that you get. Very few people will argue that if you spend money in the short term, you get a benefit. You do. Is that short-term -- you clearly do. Is the short-term benefit better than the long-term cost? That's what we're balancing.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Representative Adam Smith's Statement on American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. “The Recovery Package is not a cure-all, but it will provide a jolt to our economy and begin to lay the foundation necessary for long-term sustainable economic growth. It upgrades our current infrastructure - such as roads, bridges, ports and schools - and invests in innovation infrastructure through broadband, health information technology and clean energy. It contains a middle class tax cut to provide families immediate relief and targeted tax cuts to help businesses grow and hire. […] With all that said, voting for a stimulus package of this size was still not easy, but it was necessary. I am deeply concerned about our growing deficit, but the threats to our economy are real and doing nothing was simply not an option.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith Reaffirms Commitment to Restoring Fiscal Discipline. 4 February 2010. “The PAYGO bill passed today is a critical part of Congressional efforts to restore fiscal discipline. It is based upon the bipartisan PAYGO law that was in place in the 1990s and helped turn massive deficits into record surpluses. The 1990s PAYGO law was allowed to expire in 2002, which contributed to the dramatic turnaround from a surplus of $236 billion in 2000 to average deficits of more than $443 billion annually for the past 8 years. PAYGO laws will once again help protect against reckless, debt-financed tax cuts and spending increases, while ensuring that we prioritize investments in critical areas like job creation, education and health care that will strengthen our economy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith Statement on President Obama's Jobs Speech. 8 September 2011. “I believe improving our national infrastructure is essential, and I was encouraged by the President's proposal tonight. Federal investment in workforce training, transportation, education, and energy will support living wage jobs now and make sure we are equipped to compete and succeed in the global economy of the future […] Responsible federal policies that keep our fiscal house in order, investment in infrastructure, and removing barriers to private capital investment can work together to achieve this." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith Statement on Stimulus Package. 30 January 2008. “Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today released the following statement following his 'no' vote on the stimulus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday: 'While it is easy to understand the appeal of Congress and the President passing out over $150 Billion to the American people, our economy needs more than another short-term, quick fix approach that could come at the expense of more important long-term, structural, public policy changes. A stimulus to head off a recession can be a good idea, but economists are split on whether or not now is one of those times, and even if it is, the stimulus must be properly targeted to get the money in the hands of people who will spend it immediately. Unfortunately, the House did not include the two quickest and best-targeted levers for stimulus: extended unemployment benefits and temporary food stamp increases.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith's Statement on American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 13 February 2009. “The Economic Recovery Plan passed by the House today is not perfect, but it is the right size and scope to help stimulate our economy in the short-term and lay the foundation for long-term broad based economic viability. The plan will create or save 3.5 million jobs and make unprecedented investments in our infrastructure to modernize our roads, bridges and mass transit. It will cut taxes for 95% of workers, invest in an energy independent future and build energy efficient buildings and clean water projects.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith: America Needs an Honest Conversation About the Budget. 13 April 2011. “The math is unrelenting: The U.S. spent $3.5 trillion last year, while taking in only $2.2 trillion in revenue, resulting in a $1.3 trillion dollar deficit in 2010. Balancing our budget immediately would mean a 33% reduction in spending, including massive cuts to entitlements and the defense budget that could destabilize job creation, economic recovery, and national security. Going forward, we must focus on two major strategic points. First, every piece of the budget should be scrutinized for possible cuts […] Second, we are not realistically going to be able to balance the federal budget this year or next without catastrophic effects on the economy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Fox News Channel "Your World" Transcript . 13 October 2008. “SMITH: 'I voted against the last stimulus package that we voted last time. And basically, I think our underlying economy, the problem we have is we've been trying to spend our way out of our problems, both in terms of the government and individually. I mean, we've been living on, I mean, pick your term -- credit, leverage, borrowing -- you know, whether it's individual business or whatever […]' NEIL CAVUTO: 'So you're open to the 150 billion (dollars) this time for this, right? And what would it cover?' SMITH: Well, I'm still waiting to see what the specifics are. And I am one Democrat who will be very concerned if it is simply a matter of passing out money. The one area that I am interested in is the idea of investing in infrastructure, something that actually builds for the long term instead of just spreading money out for the short term. I mean, as I said, we've done enough of that in 1,000 different areas.'”
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • 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 Adam Smith a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Adam Smith. Education. 30 August 2012. “NCLB established the idea that we must measure academic progress and ensure that students are achieving at appropriate levels as they progress through K-12 education. It also guards against schools failing to properly serve minority groups by separately measuring how each group is doing instead of measuring all students together. I strongly support these provisions of the law. When schools are truly failing, NCLB offers parents and communities various options to fix the problem. But as it is currently structured, NCLB makes it virtually impossible for any school to succeed. The requirement that all students must be above Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by 2014 has led to award-winning schools to be labeled “failing”. Developmentally Disabled and ESL students who face unique challenges in the classroom are forced to take tests that are counted toward a school’s failure. This is demoralizing for teachers, administrators, and students, making it more difficult to identify schools that are truly failing. These problems can and must be fixed. Once we have adequate models for performance criteria that are collectively agreed upon by all stakeholders, we must implement them. However, I do not support a policy of tying teachers’ salaries to test scores.” (adamsmith.house.gov)
  • Adam Smith. Outsourcing of Jobs. 29 March 2004. “The real number of degrees that U.S. students are receiving in those three key areas, math, science, and engineering, have gone down every year for the last decade. We are putting out fewer people with the skills that are desperately needed, and there are changes that we can make in our education system from the K-12 system forward that will help us deal with that and compete better. We need to set high standards. We need to place emphasis in the K through 12 level on math and science to get our students interested in it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Political Courage Test. Responded NO ANSWER for “a) Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?;” b) Other or expanded principles: “It depends greatly on what reforms are being required. For some reforms yes, for others, no.”
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Adam Smith. U.S. Representative Adam Smith Votes Against Flawed Bill Funding Labor, Health, Education Programs. 14 December 2005. “The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program, an important tool in rehabilitating America's troubled public schools, is cut by more than $700 million. Funding for Title I, which is the core of NCLB's efforts to improve reading and math skills for disadvantaged children, received the smallest increase for Title I in 8 years, which means 3.1 million low-income children will be negatively affected by this cut.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Adam Smith voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith Votes to Keep America Competitive. 2 August 2007. “U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today voted for H.R. 2272, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science Act (COMPETES) Act, part of the House Democrats' Innovation Agenda […] The legislation authorizes $22 billion over fiscal years 2008 - 2010 for research, education and other programs at the NSF; $2.65 billion for the research labs, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and other activities at the NIST, and $17 billion, over fiscal years 2008 to 2010, for programs at the DOE, including $150 million for K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011.“Vigorous standards and holding schools accountable to those standards is imperative in ensuring that our children are ready to face the increasingly complex challenges that the future holds. As part of this accountability, we owe to the next generation of Americans a strong K-12 public education system. I support increased funding for local schools and more efficient methods of sending federal dollars to local classrooms, so that those school districts that need help most, get the extra boost they need from federal funding.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. New Democrat Statement 2nd Anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act. 8 January 2004. “This week marks the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. New Democrats played an integral role in ensuring that NCLB refocused federal education policy on raising academic achievement for every child, provided public schools with more funding and flexibility, targeted those new dollars to districts with the greatest needs, and demanded accountability for results […] We remain committed to improving the performance and accountability of our schools.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. No Child Left Behind act gets off to poor start - but needs repairs, not repeal. 25 January 2004. “NCLB contains a number of new or expanded requirements for states and local educational agencies that receive federal assistance. The 2001-2002 school year was the "base year" for the new adequate yearly progress standards -- performance in future years will be compared to this period […] Creating unfunded mandates for school reform is a surefire path to generating grass roots opposition to the law. We must provide states and school systems with the necessary financial resources to implement NCLB if we want to make sure it's effective […] Many people throughout the state have looked at these criticisms and have called for a full repeal of this law. We should strengthen this law, not repeal it.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • Vote: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VEZpB6CW29V (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Adam Smith. Smith's Statement On The American Clean Energy And Security Act. 26 June 2009. “Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act […] 'The bill is a cautious approach, one that strikes a balance between moving our economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels and mitigating the economic impact of this transition […] The bill reduces dangerous pollution by limiting emissions from major sources such as electric utilities, oil refineries, and coal fired plants.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce John D. Dingell. 15 June 2007. “We are concerned with provisions in the Discussion Draft on Alternative Fuels, Infrastructure, and Vehicles which would strip our states of their authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. Many states have moved ahead to address global warming with pro-growth, pro-high tech initiatives […] this draft legislation would deprive our states of their authority to take the steps they deem appropriate to protect the health and safety of their citizens. We aspire to a better outcome for our constituents and we look forward to working with you to resolve this issue.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Issue Position: Energy. 14 October 2011. “Adam's work on Energy: -Consistently supported legislation to make renewable and alternative energies more affordable for consumers through tax credits and funding for research and development. Supported legislation that extended renewable energy tax credits into 2009 and beyond[…] -Consistently supported legislation to increase Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, making cars more fuel-efficient and backed passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act, which revised and improved fuel economy standards for the first time in several decades; -Cosponsored legislation to develop stricter emissions standards for power plants.” (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Adam Smith in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Adam Smith voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Adam Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Adam Smith voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Adam Smith in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Adam Smith in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Adam Smith in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 55 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Adam Smith voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Adam Smith voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Adam Smith a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Adam Smith voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Adam Smith voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Adam Smith voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Healthcare Reform. 11 December 2009. “The current bill, H.R. 3962, has made progress toward achieving the kind reform I have consistently advocated, but any final bill must go even further […] H.R. 3962 takes some real steps toward addressing the inadequate fee-for-service model through the establishment of several pilot projects aimed at changing the way we pay for health care. These changes are a step in the right direction. H.R. 3962 also includes incentives to promote bundling of services and payments, which has proven in many settings to reduce the cost of care while maintaining a high quality. Further, H.R. 3962 begins to address some of the inefficiencies in Medicare and slows the rate of growth in Medicare spending […] While these steps show real progress, more must be done. This bill still costs too much and does not do enough to rein in the cost of care. Moreover, the many regulations in this bill can and should be simplified to make it easier for businesses and individuals to understand and comply with them.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. “Congress passed and the President singed into law H.R. 5390, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This piece of legislation is by no means a cure all, but it gives us a good opportunity to begin to rein in excessive costs, improve the quality of care and expand access. No doubt, in the months and years ahead, we will have to adjust these policies and monitor how they are implemented. Indeed, one of the most challenging aspects will be keeping costs under control and we will have to diligently enforce the implementation of programs designed to meet this goal […] This bill will cover an estimated 30 million additional Americans and save more than $1 trillion in the long term. These are huge steps forward in the reform process.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. MSNBC "Hardball With Chris Matthews" – Transcript. 19 March 2010. “Look, we've got to cover more people and we've got to get costs under control. And the second one is the one that I've really emphasized from the beginning of this debate. It's why I was so reluctant to vote for the House bill. I didn't think it did enough. I think the Senate bill does more. And the CEO—the -- CBO numbers that came out sort of show that. Now, I will say and some people have said, yes, but you know, future Congresses have to keep the cost curve going down, as well. I completely agree. But if we don't start, it'll never happen. We have to do it. Future Congresses have to do it. There's a lot of tough decisions going forward to make health care work. But we've got to start. If this goes away, we're nowhere.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. MSNBC "The Ed Show" – Transcript. 11 November 2009. “I think every American should have access to health care. That's what we're working on in health care reform. The number of people who don't have access to health insurance, and through that health care, is large. It's not just veterans. So I think that needs-we need have to a universal access program. That's what we're working on in Congress.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith Votes In Favor Of Health Care Reform Legislation. 21 March 2010. “We have reached an historic milestone in the long fight to reform our health care system. While the legislation is not perfect, it represents a significant step toward achieving the very difficult goals of reining in exploding health care costs and expanding access to care. After more than a year of discussions, this legislation brings together ideas from both sides of the aisle and it stands as our best opportunity to move forward on reform. Simply put, with this vote today we have categorically rejected the status quo.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Statement In Support Of Health Care Reform Legislation. 20 March 2010. “This bill will cover an estimated 30 million additional Americans and save more than $1 trillion in the long term. These are huge steps forward in the reform process. These two key facts make it imperative that we pass this legislation and move forward now […] Americans will be touched directly by the improvement in care. In addition to no longer being denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, Americans will have access to a greater choice of plans at more affordable rates. The quality of care will also improve as doctors are rewarded for quality rather than quantity of care. Further, this legislation empowers states to be the drivers of reform - not the federal government. States have the ability to set up the exchanges to help individuals find quality health insurance, and states will be the primary regulators of insurance companies, rather than the federal government.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Adam Smith. U.S. Representative Adam Smith Criticizes Ill-Conveived Immigration. 16 December 2005. “Today, Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) voted against H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism & Illegal Immigration Control Act […] It changes immigration law by making illegal presence in the country a criminal offense, increasing penalties for immigration-related offenses and allowing new grounds for the deportation of immigrants who commit certain crimes […] 'The bill would dramatically increase the burden on our legal system by automatically detaining all illegal immigrants and holding them indefinitely. The cost of building new facilities and the needed legal infrastructure surrounding the number of detainees is astronomical. Of even further concern to me is that an amendment was attached to the bill that expands the existing authority for state and local law enforcement personnel to apprehend, detain, remove and transport illegal immigrants.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Adam Smith. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Adam Smith voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Adam Smith voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Adam Smith. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Adam Smith voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Adam Smith. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. “Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation.” (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Adam Smith voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Adam Smith voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Adam Smith. Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 3081, Department Of State, Foreign Operations, And Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010. 9 July 2009. “We have seen a major commitment in this bill on the central focus in our efforts right now, which is in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I applaud that effort. But also understand that this bill recognizes that it is broader than just Pakistan and Afghanistan. Throughout the Middle East, throughout Africa, throughout Southeast Asia, failed and failing states are a major contributor to instability and the rise of violent extremist groups. Getting our global development policy right is critical to stopping that effort. This bill makes that commitment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Hearing Of The House Armed Services Committee - Department Of Defense Budget Request For Fiscal Year 2010. 13 May 2009. “It's not just in Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan. In North Africa, in the Horn of Africa, Southeast Asia, we are fighting insurgencies at various levels, and we need more equipment there, more ISR capabilities most particular, and more focus from the Special Operations folks, to fight that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for “a)Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?;” f) Other or expanded principles: “Regarding the targeting of suspected terrorists, it depends greatly on what one means by 'outside of official theaters of conflict.' I support strikes in places like Yemen and Somalia where Al-Qaeda affiliates directly threaten us. But in almost all other places, no.”
  • Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti, and Robert F. Worth. New York Times. Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents. 14 August 2010. “Some American officials believe that militants in Yemen could now pose an even greater threat than Al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan. The officials said that they have benefited from the Yemeni government’s new resolve to fight Al Qaeda and that the American strikes — carried out with cruise missiles and Harrier fighter jets — had been approved by Yemen’s leaders. The strikes, administration officials say, have killed dozens of militants suspected of plotting future attacks. The Pentagon and the C.I.A. have quietly bulked up the number of their operatives at the embassy in Sana, the Yemeni capital, over the past year. 'Where we want to get is to much more small scale, preferably locally driven operations. For the first time in our history, an entity has declared a covert war against us,' Mr. Smith said, referring to Al Qaeda. 'And we are using similar elements of American power to respond to that covert war.'” (www.nytimes.com)
  • Adam Smith. Smith's Statement On President's Speech On Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. “It is clear that we face an enormous and difficult challenge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other extremist groups in the region have a complex set of relationships spanning across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and these ideologies pose a grave threat to the United States and our allies. If the Taliban were to regain control of substantial portions of Afghanistan, or recapture the government they would provide al-Qaeda a safe haven from which to operate, and we can not allow this to happen […] Ultimately, I believe that we need a strategy to contain the threat in this region.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Adam Smith supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Issue Position: Social Security. 14 October 2011. “While we must act to save Social Security, private investment accounts are not the answer because they do not fix the deficit that the Trust Fund faces. Under the Bush plan, Social Security will run a deficit much quicker than is currently expected, because the number of workers paying into the program would decline as the number of those receiving benefits remained steady. This would deepen our enormous federal deficit, because the government would continue paying benefits while worker contributions declined. This cost of this transition is estimated at between one and two trillion dollars. Privatization of Social Security is fiscally irresponsible, does not improve the program's solvency, and undermines the program's purpose as a safety net.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Adam Smith. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 1 January 2011. “It is important that we address Social Security's long-term solvency problem now. It will be much easier while we have the time and flexibility to consider numerous options rather than waiting until later when our options for reform are limited. Additionally, I take Congress's responsibility to foster economic growth by maintaining fiscally sustainable federal budgets very seriously […] However, I understand that Social Security remains a critical program and I am very aware of the importance that Social Security plays in Americans' retirement plans. I strongly support initiatives to encourage individuals to save and create wealth outside the Social Security system to improve retirement security. I have supported increases in IRA and 401 (k) limits. I support making long-term care insurance tax deductible. We should give people the tools to take responsibility for themselves and to have a stake in their retirement security.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ryan Lizza. The New Republic. Hardball 101. 24 January 2005. “'Social Security is a safety net. That's what it's there for. It's there to be the safest portion of your portfolio. It's a guaranteed benefit for a reason, and, for that reason, I don't support private accounts.' Smith doesn't speak for every moderate Democrat, but, he added, 'I think there is broad consensus among New Democrats that you must not privatize the system.'” (www.tnr.com)
  • Adam Smith. Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) Reaction to President Bush's 2005 State of the Union Address. 2 February 2002. “The President's speech tonight fell short in a number of key areas […] Clearly, his most important domestic priority is reforming Social Security, yet he did not give details of his plan; a plan that would cost upwards of $2 trillion for private accounts. In the long term, the impact on our economy, in fact the world economy, will be hurt if we don't balance our books. The President's plan on social security will place in jeopardy the core purpose of Social Security: provide seniors in this country with a guaranteed benefit. While social security is not meant to be the sole means of one's retirement, at the end of the day, it must be there as the constant part of a diversified portfolio that can include investments in stocks, bonds and other forms of investment.” (votesmart.org)

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Washington 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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I coauthored an amendment to the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would have required the President to complete the accelerated transition of U.S. combat operations to the Afghan government by the end of 2013 and require the redeployment of U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. I have also cosigned several letters with my colleagues calling for an accelerated transition of security responsibility to the Afghan government and security forces and the expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan as quickly as these can be safely and responsibly accomplished.

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?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

I support maintaining in federal law provisions for capital punishment in extreme cases and also am strongly supportive of DNA testing and other means that enable the demonstration of innocence.

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?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • Adam Smith. U.S. Representative Adam Smith Votes Against Flawed Bill Funding Labor, Health, Education Programs. 14 December 2005. “The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program, an important tool in rehabilitating America's troubled public schools, is cut by more than $700 million. Funding for Title I, which is the core of NCLB's efforts to improve reading and math skills for disadvantaged children, received the smallest increase for Title I in 8 years, which means 3.1 million low-income children will be negatively affected by this cut.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Political Courage Test. Responded NO ANSWER for “a) Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?;” b) Other or expanded principles: “It depends greatly on what reforms are being required. For some reforms yes, for others, no.”
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Adam Smith. Education. 30 August 2012. “NCLB established the idea that we must measure academic progress and ensure that students are achieving at appropriate levels as they progress through K-12 education. It also guards against schools failing to properly serve minority groups by separately measuring how each group is doing instead of measuring all students together. I strongly support these provisions of the law. When schools are truly failing, NCLB offers parents and communities various options to fix the problem. But as it is currently structured, NCLB makes it virtually impossible for any school to succeed. The requirement that all students must be above Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by 2014 has led to award-winning schools to be labeled “failing”. Developmentally Disabled and ESL students who face unique challenges in the classroom are forced to take tests that are counted toward a school’s failure. This is demoralizing for teachers, administrators, and students, making it more difficult to identify schools that are truly failing. These problems can and must be fixed. Once we have adequate models for performance criteria that are collectively agreed upon by all stakeholders, we must implement them. However, I do not support a policy of tying teachers’ salaries to test scores.” (adamsmith.house.gov)
  • Adam Smith. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Adam Smith voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith Votes to Keep America Competitive. 2 August 2007. “U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today voted for H.R. 2272, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science Act (COMPETES) Act, part of the House Democrats' Innovation Agenda […] The legislation authorizes $22 billion over fiscal years 2008 - 2010 for research, education and other programs at the NSF; $2.65 billion for the research labs, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and other activities at the NIST, and $17 billion, over fiscal years 2008 to 2010, for programs at the DOE, including $150 million for K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011.“Vigorous standards and holding schools accountable to those standards is imperative in ensuring that our children are ready to face the increasingly complex challenges that the future holds. As part of this accountability, we owe to the next generation of Americans a strong K-12 public education system. I support increased funding for local schools and more efficient methods of sending federal dollars to local classrooms, so that those school districts that need help most, get the extra boost they need from federal funding.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. New Democrat Statement 2nd Anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act. 8 January 2004. “This week marks the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. New Democrats played an integral role in ensuring that NCLB refocused federal education policy on raising academic achievement for every child, provided public schools with more funding and flexibility, targeted those new dollars to districts with the greatest needs, and demanded accountability for results […] We remain committed to improving the performance and accountability of our schools.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. No Child Left Behind act gets off to poor start - but needs repairs, not repeal. 25 January 2004. “NCLB contains a number of new or expanded requirements for states and local educational agencies that receive federal assistance. The 2001-2002 school year was the "base year" for the new adequate yearly progress standards -- performance in future years will be compared to this period […] Creating unfunded mandates for school reform is a surefire path to generating grass roots opposition to the law. We must provide states and school systems with the necessary financial resources to implement NCLB if we want to make sure it's effective […] Many people throughout the state have looked at these criticisms and have called for a full repeal of this law. We should strengthen this law, not repeal it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Outsourcing of Jobs. 29 March 2004. “The real number of degrees that U.S. students are receiving in those three key areas, math, science, and engineering, have gone down every year for the last decade. We are putting out fewer people with the skills that are desperately needed, and there are changes that we can make in our education system from the K-12 system forward that will help us deal with that and compete better. We need to set high standards. We need to place emphasis in the K through 12 level on math and science to get our students interested in it.” (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

It depends greatly on what reforms are being required. For some reforms yes, for others, no.

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

I support reasonable restrictions that keep firearms out of the hands of children, criminals, and those affected by mental illnesses.

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

The Affordable Care Act is an important step toward lowering the cost, improving the quality of and expanding access to health care in this country.

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
YesInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for “a)Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?;” f) Other or expanded principles: “Regarding the targeting of suspected terrorists, it depends greatly on what one means by 'outside of official theaters of conflict.' I support strikes in places like Yemen and Somalia where Al-Qaeda affiliates directly threaten us. But in almost all other places, no.”
  • Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti, and Robert F. Worth. New York Times. Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents. 14 August 2010. “Some American officials believe that militants in Yemen could now pose an even greater threat than Al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan. The officials said that they have benefited from the Yemeni government’s new resolve to fight Al Qaeda and that the American strikes — carried out with cruise missiles and Harrier fighter jets — had been approved by Yemen’s leaders. The strikes, administration officials say, have killed dozens of militants suspected of plotting future attacks. The Pentagon and the C.I.A. have quietly bulked up the number of their operatives at the embassy in Sana, the Yemeni capital, over the past year. 'Where we want to get is to much more small scale, preferably locally driven operations. For the first time in our history, an entity has declared a covert war against us,' Mr. Smith said, referring to Al Qaeda. 'And we are using similar elements of American power to respond to that covert war.'” (www.nytimes.com)
  • Hearing Of The House Armed Services Committee - Department Of Defense Budget Request For Fiscal Year 2010. 13 May 2009. “It's not just in Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan. In North Africa, in the Horn of Africa, Southeast Asia, we are fighting insurgencies at various levels, and we need more equipment there, more ISR capabilities most particular, and more focus from the Special Operations folks, to fight that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 3081, Department Of State, Foreign Operations, And Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010. 9 July 2009. “We have seen a major commitment in this bill on the central focus in our efforts right now, which is in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I applaud that effort. But also understand that this bill recognizes that it is broader than just Pakistan and Afghanistan. Throughout the Middle East, throughout Africa, throughout Southeast Asia, failed and failing states are a major contributor to instability and the rise of violent extremist groups. Getting our global development policy right is critical to stopping that effort. This bill makes that commitment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith's Statement On President's Speech On Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. “It is clear that we face an enormous and difficult challenge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other extremist groups in the region have a complex set of relationships spanning across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and these ideologies pose a grave threat to the United States and our allies. If the Taliban were to regain control of substantial portions of Afghanistan, or recapture the government they would provide al-Qaeda a safe haven from which to operate, and we can not allow this to happen […] Ultimately, I believe that we need a strategy to contain the threat in this region.” (votesmart.org)
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Regarding the targeting of suspected terrorists, it depends greatly on what one means by "outside of official theaters of conflict." I support strikes in places like Yemen and Somalia where Al-Qaeda affiliates directly threaten us. But in almost all other places, no.

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

I oppose means to unnecessarily subject Social Security's benefits to market risks. Privatizing Social Security would result in large costs to the Federal Government and it would remove the guaranteed benefit on which most individuals depend.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
Slightly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

Infrastructure. Responsible investment in our infrastructure is an important and effective means of creating well paying jobs and supporting economic growth.

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
Slightly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly 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.

1: Broad based economic opportunity.

2: Keeping up with global competition in all sectors by providing workers with training, retraining, and access to continued education that promotes innovation and job growth in Washington State.

3: Fiscal responsibility where increased revenue plays an keystone role in bringing the deficit under control. I oppose balancing our budget by simply gutting government programs that are crucial to the middle class and poor.

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