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Seth Moulton's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 6, Democratic
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Seth Moulton 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 100% by Planned Parenthood (
  • "I trust women to make their own health care decisions, and I don't believe government should come between a woman and her doctor." (
No 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 that taxes in the United States, on both the corporate and personal level, are generally too high." (
  • "By reforming the tax code to help small businesses, we can jumpstart our most powerful engine of economic development, employment, and innovation." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While I support the current administration's moves towards rehabilitation and fewer drug-based convictions, there is still work that needs to be done. A greater focus on rehabilitation and reduced sentences for first-time offenders in conjunction with decreased conspiracy laws and drug offences will go a long way toward keeping Americans in their homes and neighborhoods, not in prison." (
  • "Support for bills such as the bipartisan Justice Safety-Valve Act of 2013, which would shorten mandatory minimums and expand the judicial sentencing safety valves, is a great place to start." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To generate American jobs and improve our competitiveness, I support increasing Congressional spending towards large-scale technology projects, specifically in energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, and advanced supply-side healthcare." (
  • "As the United States navigates the domestic and foreign policy challenges of the 21st Century, Congress must make investments that will grow the middle class and support America's job creators. I am pleased to see that President Obama's Budget seeks to strike an appropriate balance between deficit reduction and investing in our infrastructure, early childhood education, and veterans' services." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I started a health care company following business school. I understand how to help small businesses grow, and I also understand the incredible need for and value of investing in medical technology. The medical device tax poses an unnecessary burden on the industry, but especially small businesses, and repealing it is simply the right thing to do." (
  • "Congress says it supports small businesses, but I talk to small business owners all the time who don't understand why they pay a higher tax rate than many of the biggest corporations in America. That's not right, it's not good business, and tonight, our work begins to change that in Congress." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Clearly articulated national standards and core subject area expectations are crucial to education reform; we cannot remain complacent with ineffective measures of success." (
  • "Congress must lead in the effort to address this inconsistency by investing in our schools, holding teachers and administrators accountable while providing them adequate compensation, and diversifying our national standards beyond testing metrics." (
  • "Local districts should be allowed to embrace their unique situations by being able to determine the path their students take to reach national standards. I support the implementation of more holistic standards for public education because a school is much more than the sum of its test scores." (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Unfortunately, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act failed to strike the right balance between energy development and environmental protection. The bill was a missed opportunity for members on both sides of the aisle to have a thoughtful debate about how best to meet the energy needs of our nation. For those reasons, I opposed the legislation." (
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
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

  • "Climate change is one of the most important global issues we face, and Congress must act to protect our planet for future generations and ensure a sustainable energy supply." (
  • "For too long we have subsidized the production of fossil fuels and failed to make the necessary investments in clean, renewable energy." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congress needs firm leadership to lessen GHG emissions and to hold private companies accountable for environmental degradation while still encouraging economic growth." (
  • "Climate change is one of the most important global issues we face, and Congress must act to protect our planet for future generations and ensure a sustainable energy supply." (
  • "Climate change is the most important global issue we face today. It is Congress' job to ensure that the US is taking an active role in advancing a strong agenda to mitigate climate change and its effects." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our constituents didn't send us to Washington to stand in silence. They sent us to Washington to keep our communities safe. This bipartisan bill will help to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists and those who seek to do our country harm. It's time to put party aside and come together to make progress for the American people. Today, we're doing that in Congress." (
  • "I will fight for stronger restrictions on gun ownership and licensing, closing the gun show loophole, bans on high capacity magazines, increasing the gun purchase waiting period, and restrictions on semi-automatic rifles." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against HR 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) voted against a bill to repeal the patient protections and cost savings of the Affordable Care Act." (
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

  • "Moulton also promised the audience, which included many Spanish speakers, that he would back immigration reform. Welcoming undocumented workers into the nation's tax base would help strengthen the country financially and socially, he said. 'We're not going to send them all home,' Moulton said. 'They're a part of our communities, part of our small businesses, and part of our churches.'" (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am thrilled that the Supreme Court has rejected appeals on same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, paving the way for marriage equality in 30 states and the District of Columbia." (
  • "The Supreme Court's June 2013 repeal of DOMA was a good first step at the federal level towards ending marriage discrimination, but there is much more work to be done. LGBTQ citizens are still denied the right to marry in 31 states; I will fight to bring marriage equality to every citizen in America." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Let us be clear: ISIS is a serious national security threat. It has brutally killed Americans abroad, and made clear its intention to kill Americans here at home. We must find a strategy to deal with it and other terrorist groups -- but it has to be a long-term, sustainable strategy, built not just on isolated military victories but on long-term political unity against this generational threat to the world community." (
  • "You don't fix Iraqi politics by training Iraqi troops. I think the military piece has got to be part of the solution. There are a lot of ISIS guys who frankly need to be killed and that's the only way to defeat them. But unless we have an overarching political strategy to guide our military plans and to make sure we have a plan in place to fill the vacuum that will be left after we defeat ISIS, then this that's not a long-term solution." (
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

  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "Eliminating the payroll tax cap will cover nearly all of the Social Security funding gap, and ensure that Social Security is solvent for decades to come." (
  • "Social Security is one of our greatest achievements of the last century, and a contract between generations that we must honor." (


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