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Raja Krishnamoorthi's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 8, Democratic
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Raja Krishnamoorthi has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Illinois Citizens for Life http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117519/raja-krishnamoorthi/2#.V3Gi0XUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I #StandWithPP. Change your profile pic and show your support for reproductive health & rights!" https://twitter.com/RajaForCongress/status/648892891503292416 (twitter.com)
  • "Raja Krishnamoorthi is a longtime, consistent supporter of a woman’s right to choose." http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/the-right-to-choose/ (rajaforcongress.com)
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

  • "By repealing the carried-interest tax break for wealthy Wall Street financiers, and redirecting those funds to entrepreneurs starting new small businesses across the country, we can create thousands of new jobs and strengthen our economy for the long-term," http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1028039/issue-position-supporting-small-businesses#.V3GmqnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "By investing in our infrastructure, making our buildings energy-efficient, supporting the growth of small business, and training our workers for the jobs of the 21st century, we can restore greatness to our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/662607/issue-position-economy#.V3GjN3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] Raja is proposing to create a federal infrastructure bank. Such a bank could provide low-interest loans to states and cities to help finance crucial projects like roads and transit system." http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/infrastructure/ (rajaforcongress.com)
  • "Read my plan to repair & modernize US infrastructure to create jobs, strengthen IL economy in today's @chicagotribune […]" https://twitter.com/RajaForCongress/status/674670962399444992 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Expand the federal child tax credit to help working families with the cost of raising children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1028042/issue-position-strengthening-working-families#.V3GoanUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Double the tax credit for new business startup costs from the current $50,000 to $100,000. Additionally, many expenses such as phone bills and mileage incurred by small business owners would be treated as business rather than personal expenses for tax purposes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1028039/issue-position-supporting-small-businesses#.V3GmqnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must encourage innovation in education to find models that prepare our children to be global citizens in the 21st century, rather than dictating a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach which forces educators to think harder about the next standardized test rather than about their students' futures." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/662611/issue-position-education#.V3Gn43UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While fossil fuels will be a part of our portfolio of energy sources for a long time to come, we see the consequences of our ever-greater dependence on fossil fuels in rising gas prices, national security problems, and environmental disasters. Increased domestic production of fossil fuels is a temporary solution, so we must embark on a sustained search for long-term cost-effective, alternative, renewable energy sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/662613/issue-position-fossil-fuels#.V3GoxnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Raja understands that the time for America’s clean energy future is now. A cleaner environment and a stronger economy are not competing goals, as many in Congress seem to believe. Instead, nations that lead the way in developing clean energy technology will gain a competitive advantage in creating the good jobs of the future." http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/climate-change/ (rajaforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Endorsed by the Sierra Club http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055006/raja-endorsed-by-sierra-club#.V3Gpx3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Raja understands that the time for America’s clean energy future is now. A cleaner environment and a stronger economy are not competing goals, as many in Congress seem to believe. Instead, nations that lead the way in developing clean energy technology will gain a competitive advantage in creating the good jobs of the future." http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/climate-change/ (rajaforcongress.com)
  • "Unfortunately, the current Congress is attempting to block this progress, with many members claiming that the human contribution to climate change is unproven. This is absurd, as the vast majority of scientists and experts agree that global climate change is man-made. Now is the time to act to combat this global threat in a smart way that saves our environment while preserving and creating jobs." http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/climate-change/ (rajaforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Among the measures he supports are closing the "gun-show loophole" by extending background checks for gun purchases to gun shows; reinstating the expired federal ban on assault weapons; and improving the reporting system to help keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, convicted felons, and those with severe mental illnesses." http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/gun-laws/ (rajaforcongress.com)
  • "Raja would also allow the government to fund research on gun deaths and gun safety. " http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/gun-laws/ (rajaforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act; however, I do support any new reforms that reduce the cost of care, expand coverage, and improve patient protection." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/662610/issue-position-healthcare#.V3GrJnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He will work in Congress for comprehensive immigration reform that protects our homeland, secures our borders, and offers a path to citizenship for undocumented workers who have staked roots in this country, lived peacefully without incident, and have agreed to pay penalties and fines, pay their taxes, learn English, and go to the back of the line." http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/immigration-reform/ (rajaforcongress.com)
  • "Raja also supports the DREAM Act." http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/immigration-reform/ (rajaforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "#MarriageEquaility #LoveAlwaysWins"https://twitter.com/RajaForCongress/status/614442617573523457 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support a Syrian no-fly zone or the U.S. enforcement of Syrian humanitarian safe zones? Why or why not? "Long-term, the international community must work to restore peace and security in Syria. In the 1990s, no-fly zones were imposed over Shia and Kurdish areas of Iraq with broad international support. I would support such a no-fly zone in Syria as part of a similar international effort if a political solution cannot be reached soon between the Assad regime and the various rebel groups throughout Syria." http://www.suntimescandidates.com/krishnamoorthi--raja.html (www.suntimescandidates.com)
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

  • "Raja believes that Social Security and Medicare are sacred promises that we have made to our senior citizens. He will fight in Congress to protect those programs and help secure them for future generations." http://rajaforcongress.com/issue/america-seniors/ (rajaforcongress.com)
  • Endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1054933/raja-endorsed-by-national-committee-to-preserve-social-security-and-medicare#.V3GphXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "By considering certain reforms such as, for instance, enabling Medicare to negotiate with drug providers and raising the cap on incomes paying into Social Security and Medicare, we can begin to put these systems on a sound footing for decades to come." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/662608/issue-position-medicare-social-security#.V3GpIHUrIfI (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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