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Brad Schneider's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 10, Democratic
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Brad Schneider 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 (
  • "It is my fundamental belief that the right to choose is and must remain a personal health decision that a woman makes in consultation with her doctor, without government intrusion,[...]" (
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

  • "I believe in a progressive tax structure that fairly distributes the costs of government in a way that those of us fortunate to have more, carry more of the burden." (
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

  • "It’s estimated that over 70% of our nation’s roads and bridges are in mediocre to poor condition. Investment in a new bridge or a modern highway is an investment in our future. That’s why I support sensible, long-term investments in our nation’s infrastructure." (
  • "We must create many public/private partnerships to reinvest, rebuild, and reinvent our national infrastructure. We should start immediately rebuilding our national electrical grid to power both the homes and the cars of the future. We should accelerate reinforcing and rebuilding our bridges, highways, and streets. We should plan for, design and construct new high-speed rail networks, linked to modern mass transit systems that restore our world leadership in transportation. And we should start now, to produce good jobs today, and provide the framework for long-term growth and jobs for years to come." (
  • "In Congress, I consistently advocated for maintaining government investment in both basic and applied science, as well as support for ongoing incentives for corporate R&D." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Expanding programs, like Race to the Top, that allow states to opt in and compete for federal investment in innovative, transformative educational ideas." (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" (
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

  • "Like many of my colleagues in this Chamber, I want to pursue an energy policy that utilizes an all-of-the-above strategy, including renewable energy and innovative technologies to save consumers money at the pump and lower their home energy costs." (
  • "In Congress I voted against the attempts to weaken clean air and clean water protections and against defunding critical environmental regulations." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a member of Congress I will fight to protect the EPA from Republican attacks." (
  • "Addressing the challenges presented by climate change requires concerted, long-term action, and the new EPA standards represent just that. Asking our energy sector to curb carbon pollution is a significant step forward in combatting climate change and modernizing how we power our nation for future generations." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "That’s why my very first speech from the floor of the United States Congress was about standing up to the NRA and calling for sensible gun safety legislation. That speech and my votes in Congress led to the NRA giving me a n "F" grade and a zero rating." (
  • "During my time in Washington I fought for sensible legislation that would expand background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and close the gun show loophole. I also believe in restricting large capacity ammunition and reinstating the Federal Assault Weapons Ban." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "That’s why I fought, and will continue to fight to protect ACA from the repeated attacks of the Republicans who still routinely talk about repeal." (
  • "Republicans in Congress have repeatedly wasted taxpayer time and money, and even shut down the government, in their endless efforts to completely repeal the health care law. We simply cannot afford this kind of dysfunction and gridlock. That’s why I consistently voted against repeal and continue to focus my efforts on working with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to find ways to fix and improve the law. " (
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

  • "I believe the DREAM Act is an essential part of comprehensive immigration solutions." (
  • "Passing comprehensive immigration reform, and making DACA and DAPA permanent will free people from living in the shadows of fear of deportation to be able to pursue higher education, buy homes, start businesses and expand our economy." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a member of Congress I actively worked to bring equality to reality, including strongly supporting the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA. " (
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "Last year the Supreme Court, in a major landmark decision, recognized that marriage is an institution reflective of the love between two people, period. It was a great victory for our nation." (
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I also remain resolute in my belief that the U.S. engagement in Iraq and Syria must not involve combat troops on the ground. " (
  • "The ultimate defeat of ISIS, and the distorted ideology, will only come when the people living under the thumb of their oppression are able to rise up and take back their homes and their communities." (
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

  • "But our social safety nets are under attack from many Republicans who want to privatize or gut these critical programs. We must keep the promises we’ve made to seniors, and I will continue to stand strong against attacks on these crucial programs." (
  • Rated 70% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "In Congress, I have fought against the privatization of Social Security, insulating it from the kind of financial gambling that precipitated our 2008 economic downturn." (


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.

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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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