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Terri Sewell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 7, Democratic
Terri Sewell has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to insert my statement in the Record that the House should vote for bigger paychecks and better infrastructure instead of constantly attacking women's access to health care." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/958438/no-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion-and-abortion-insurance-full-disclosure-act-of-2015#.WtTt9WdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.Ws4k8a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to insert my statement in the Record that the House should vote for bigger paychecks and better infrastructure instead of constantly attacking women's access to health care." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/958438/no-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion-and-abortion-insurance-full-disclosure-act-of-2015#.WtTt9WdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.Ws4k8a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We can no longer afford to provide tax breaks to wealthy Americans by depriving seniors and the middle class of the support they need and deserve. Everyone must do their part." http://www.sewellforcongress.com/campaign_news/press_clips?id=0077 (www.sewellforcongress.com)
  • "We can no longer afford to provide tax breaks to wealthy Americans by depriving seniors and the middle class of the support they need and deserve. Everyone must do their part." http://www.sewellforcongress.com/campaign_news/press_clips?id=0077 (www.sewellforcongress.com)
  • "In order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, President Trump is now proposing severe cuts to the federal programs that America's working and low-income families rely on." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1225617/rep-sewell-statement-on-president-trumps-fy19-budget/?search=tax#.WtTuV2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, President Trump is now proposing severe cuts to the federal programs that America's working and low-income families rely on." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1225617/rep-sewell-statement-on-president-trumps-fy19-budget/?search=tax#.WtTuV2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This approach to budgeting overcompensates defense spending at the expense of essential domestic programs that are the lifeline for the people I represent." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1035083/rep-sewell-voted-against-the-national-defense-authorization-act/?search=defense%20spending#.WtTvcmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This approach to budgeting overcompensates defense spending at the expense of essential domestic programs that are the lifeline for the people I represent." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1035083/rep-sewell-voted-against-the-national-defense-authorization-act/?search=defense%20spending#.WtTvcmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I do have concerns many defense initiatives will potentially be funded at the expense of vital domestic spending programs." https://twitter.com/RepTerriSewell/status/885976195132739585 (twitter.com)
  • "Today, I joined lawmakers from both parties to pass the National Defense Authorization Act - a bill that will strengthen our national security and give our service members a well-deserved pay raise! Great moment of bipartisanship." https://twitter.com/RepTerriSewell/status/999732034326188033 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Here's my oath: I will fight every Court attempt to erase civil rights, campaign finance, and voting rights laws" https://twitter.com/RepTerriSewell/status/851436199365554176 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The fact is that consumer spending has not accelerated. Wages for middle-class families are not up. GDP growth has not accelerated. Instead, the #GOPTaxScam left us with a $2.2 trillion deficit and cuts to health and safety net programs that working families rely on." https://twitter.com/RepTerriSewell/status/996764581103009793 (twitter.com)
  • "A strong manufacturing sector is crucial for our nation's economic growth and prosperity. The Workforce Development Tax Credit Act encourages businesses to work with community colleges and universities to develop apprenticeship programs that will lead to more skilled workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974222/reps-byrne-and-sewell-reintroduce-the-workforce-development-tax-credit-act#.VXXCqXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A strong manufacturing sector is crucial for our nation's economic growth and prosperity. The Workforce Development Tax Credit Act encourages businesses to work with community colleges and universities to develop apprenticeship programs that will lead to more skilled workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974222/reps-byrne-and-sewell-reintroduce-the-workforce-development-tax-credit-act#.VXXCqXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "One in five US children live in poverty - Trump's tax cuts for the wealthy don't give them a pathway out. It's time for this Administration to come up with a plan to help the marginalized and forgotten communities struggling under the weight of generational poverty. " https://twitter.com/RepTerriSewell/status/1019226695784689664 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a product of public schools and the daughter of two educators, I know firsthand the difference that a strong education can make in achieving the American Dream, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background. Improving education can help break the cycle of poverty that affects families all across west Alabama. Children from every background and every walk of life deserve the right to reach their full potential. With that in mind, we must expand our efforts to involve positive role models in the lives of our youth, we must enlist community and business leaders to go into our schools and deliver a message of commitment, responsibility, and hope and we must work to create jobs through innovation, education and training." https://sewell.house.gov/issues/education (sewell.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "My vote for Keystone does not, in any way, undermine my commitment to protecting our environment, but rather affirms my belief that a responsible, all of the above energy strategy is the best approach to achieving true energy independence while spurring critical job creation. I will continue my support for strategic investments in renewable and green energy, as well promote increased oil production right here in North America." https://sewell.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sewell-supports-keystone-xl (sewell.house.gov)
  • "My vote for Keystone does not, in any way, undermine my commitment to protecting our environment, but rather affirms my belief that a responsible, all of the above energy strategy is the best approach to achieving true energy independence while spurring critical job creation. I will continue my support for strategic investments in renewable and green energy, as well promote increased oil production right here in North America." https://sewell.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sewell-supports-keystone-xl (sewell.house.gov)
  • "As a representative of Alabama, I am a strong supporter of an all-of- the-above energy strategy. I support the development and use of renewable energy like wind and solar as well as the traditional sources of energy like coal. Coal is very important in my State." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1074297/supporting-transparent-regulatory-and-environmental-actions-in-mining-act/?search=renewable#.WtTzIGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a representative of Alabama, I am a strong supporter of an all-of- the-above energy strategy. I support the development and use of renewable energy like wind and solar as well as the traditional sources of energy like coal. Coal is very important in my State." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1074297/supporting-transparent-regulatory-and-environmental-actions-in-mining-act/?search=renewable#.WtTzIGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am supportive, Mr. Speaker, of reducing emissions, and I am also in favor of protecting our environment. But this must be done in an economically viable way. It is simply unfair for regulators to continue to move the goalposts on small brick manufacturers like Henry Brick Company." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1076683/blocking-regulatory-interference-from-closing-kilns-act-of-2016/?search=emissions#.V3UxKHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.Ws4mXK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.Ws4mXK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am supportive, Mr. Speaker, of reducing emissions, and I am also in favor of protecting our environment. But this must be done in an economically viable way. It is simply unfair for regulators to continue to move the goalposts on small brick manufacturers like Henry Brick Company." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1076683/blocking-regulatory-interference-from-closing-kilns-act-of-2016/?search=emissions#.V3UxKHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, I believe that strengthening background checks, eliminating gun show loopholes, and preventing potential terrorists from acquiring assault weapons will not limit the rights of lawful gun owners to protect and defend themselves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1095831/sit-in-protest-on-gun-safety-legislation#.V3UwxXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VXXHnHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "While I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, I believe that strengthening background checks, eliminating gun show loopholes, and preventing potential terrorists from acquiring assault weapons will not limit the rights of lawful gun owners to protect and defend themselves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1095831/sit-in-protest-on-gun-safety-legislation#.V3UwxXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VXXHnHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a representative of a district and state where providers and patients are heavily dependent on Medicaid, Medicare, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) cost sharing reductions and protections, I am relieved that efforts to roll back those protections remain unsuccessful." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1184060/rep-sewell-statement-trumpcare-failure-in-senate/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WtT0CGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a representative of a district and state where providers and patients are heavily dependent on Medicaid, Medicare, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) cost sharing reductions and protections, I am relieved that efforts to roll back those protections remain unsuccessful." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1184060/rep-sewell-statement-trumpcare-failure-in-senate/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WtT0CGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Nearly 18 million previously uninsured Americans now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and consumers cannot be denied health insurance due to pre-existing coverage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1035167/rep-sewell-praises-obamas-accomplishments-and-final-state-of-the-union-address/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.V3Uxl3VTQfl (votesmart.org)
  • "Nearly 18 million previously uninsured Americans now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and consumers cannot be denied health insurance due to pre-existing coverage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1035167/rep-sewell-praises-obamas-accomplishments-and-final-state-of-the-union-address/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.V3Uxl3VTQfl (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.WtTwYGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.WtTwYGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We are a proud country of immigrants that is strengthened by our diversity. Wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on a border wall and punishing cities that do not want their local police forces serving as the President's deportation force does nothing to fix our immigration system or keep Americans safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154389/rep-terri-a-sewell-d-al-calls-on-the-president-to-enforce-current-immigration-laws-and-forgo-building-further-divisions/?search=border%20wall#.WtT0TWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We are a proud country of immigrants that is strengthened by our diversity. Wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on a border wall and punishing cities that do not want their local police forces serving as the President's deportation force does nothing to fix our immigration system or keep Americans safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154389/rep-terri-a-sewell-d-al-calls-on-the-president-to-enforce-current-immigration-laws-and-forgo-building-further-divisions/?search=border%20wall#.WtT0TWdyIfI (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

  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful residents http://gutierrez.house.gov/sites/gutierrez.house.gov/files/documents/11.13.14%20Gutierrez-Lofgren%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20on%20Exec%20Action%20Post%20Election%20%28FINAL%29.pdf (gutierrez.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.WtTwYGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful residents http://gutierrez.house.gov/sites/gutierrez.house.gov/files/documents/11.13.14%20Gutierrez-Lofgren%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20on%20Exec%20Action%20Post%20Election%20%28FINAL%29.pdf (gutierrez.house.gov)
  • "The United States is a country of immigrants and our shores have historically been a destination for those seeking freedom, justice, and opportunity. President Trump’s decision to end DACA is an attack on those ideals," https://sewell.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-sewell-statement-trump-decision-end-daca (sewell.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.WtTwYGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The United States is a country of immigrants and our shores have historically been a destination for those seeking freedom, justice, and opportunity. President Trump’s decision to end DACA is an attack on those ideals," https://sewell.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-sewell-statement-trump-decision-end-daca (sewell.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.WtT0e2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.WtT0e2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.WtT0e2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121621/terri-sewell#.WtT0e2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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