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Jeanne Shaheen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (NH) - Sr, Democratic
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Jeanne Shaheen has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2014
  • Rated 0% in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
  • "Throughout my career in office, I have fought to ensure that women have access to important contraceptive services and that women are able to make their own decisions about their health care with their doctors and with their families." (
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

  • "Jeanne is the leading cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to reform Washington's broken budget system by implementing a two-year budgeting system, like New Hampshire's, to improve oversight, cut wasteful spending and reduce manufactured budget crises." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that the bipartisan appropriations bill unveiled last night will both promote economic growth..." (
Yes Inferred 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

  • "While we all support the No Child Left Behind initiative's goal of ensuring that every child has access to an excellent education, the law's requirements have tied teachers' hands and punished schools when they needed help the most. Jeanne Shaheen will work to reform and fully fund No Child Left Behind. She believes Adequate Yearly Progress indicator should be reconfigured to take into account whether students and the school at large are making progress between years, not just progress as measured against an externally imposed goal. Schools should be allowed to develop a variety of assessments in order to show academic progress rather than the current single high stakes exam. Finally, we should provide teachers with more opportunities and incentives for high quality professional development." (
  • " Jeanne is co-chair of the new Senate STEM Education and Workforce caucuses that she helped found. She has received an "A" rating from the National Education Association since she joined the Senate in 2009.Early Childhood* Public Kindergarten -- As governor, Jeanne made public kindergarten a reality for tens of thousands of children in New Hampshire.* Head Start -- Jeanne is a strong supporter of Head Start, Early Hard Start and the Child Care Block Grant. Jeanne is working to replace the sequester, which has cut millions of dollars from Head Start." (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted Nay - S Amdt 1537 - Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project - Vote to adopt an amendment to S 1813 that exempts the Keystone Pipeline project from further executive approval and authorizes the State of Nebraska to modify existing route plans through the state. (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is now time for Congress and the President to follow New Hampshire's lead and come together and enact a federal, mandatory greenhouse gas program to cut carbon pollution by 80 percent by 2050." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Conducting background checks on individuals seeking to purchase firearms is a matter of common sense and the Manchin-Toomey bill provided a bipartisan framework to help meet that objective. This proposal represented a pragmatic and sensible way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens and I am disappointed that this legislation failed to advance," Shaheen added. "I am hopeful that we can continue this debate and in the future, move forward with policies that effectively reduce gun violence while safeguarding the rights of law-abiding citizens." (
  • Voted Yea - S Amdt 711 - Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons - Vote to adopt an amendment to S 649 that prohibits the import, sale, manufacture and possession of assault weapons. (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She voted in favor of the 2010 Affordable Care Act because she believes it is an important first step to making essential changes to our health care system." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She believes thoughtful, effective immigration reform includes a path to citizenship for those who take a series of important and difficult steps, including the payment of back taxes, penalties and fees, as well as criminal background and national security checks." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Shaheen has also repeatedly called for a full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which currently prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. In March Shaheen joined 211 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief outlining the legal rationale for repealing DOMA on grounds that it is unconstitutional." (
  • "The repeal of DOMA by the Supreme Court was an important step towards ending discrimination against LGBT spouses and families by the federal government but one year later there is still work to be done," Shaheen said. "Everyone that serves in the military ought to receive the benefits they've earned. Right now, we have veterans returning home to find out their families are not eligible for benefits because of where they live. It's wrong and it needs to be addressed." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "...Senator Shaheen knows we must continue to stay vigilant in protecting the American people from al Qaeda and its extremist allies." (
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

  • "U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said this morning at a Capitol Hill roundtable on aging that Washington must keep its promise to seniors by preserving and strengthening critical programs like Medicare and Social Security. Shaheen hosted AARP New Hampshire State President Dick Chevrefils at this morning's discussion, hosted by the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, that focused on retirement security and policies impacting seniors."We need to protect and strengthen vital programs like Social Security and Medicare so Granite Staters who have worked hard throughout their lives can have the retirement security they have earned," Shaheen said." (


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New Hampshire Gubernatorial Election 1996 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
1) Please answer the following questions.
a) Explain your two main priorities if elected Governor.
b) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain this additional funding.
2) Indicate the importance of the following issues both to your state and to your administration if elected Governor.
Very Importanta) Abortion
Somewhat Importantb) Affirmative Action
Somewhat Importantc) Balanced Budget Amendment
Very Importantd) Campaign Finance Reform
Very Importante) Crime
Very Importantf) Economic Development
Very Importantg) Education
Very Importanth) Environment
Very Importanti) Family and Child Issues
Somewhat Importantj) Gun Issues
Very Importantk) Health Care
Very Importantl) Illegal Drugs
Very Importantm) Moral and Ethical Decline
Somewhat Importantn) Poverty and Homelessness
Very Importanto) Taxes
Somewhat Importantp) Term Limits
Very Importantq) Welfare
Indicate which principles you support concerning abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other
1) Indicate which principles your positions concerning affirmative action programs.
a) The state government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The state government should consider preferences to minority students applying for college admission.
Xc) The state government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
Xd) The state government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
e) The state government should provide affirmative action programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
f) The state government should provide no affirmative action programs.
g) Other
Yes2) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be included in any non-discrimination laws and programs that are provided by your state?
Do you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of state funding for the following categories.
Maintain Statusa) AIDS Programs
Maintain Statusb) Arts Funding
Slightly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusd) Environmental Programs
Slightly Increasee) Higher Education
Maintain Statusf) Housing Projects
Maintain Statusg) Job Training Programs
Maintain Statush) Law Enforcement
Maintain Statusi) Medicaid
Maintain Statusj) Student Loan Programs
Maintain Statusk) Transportation
Maintain Statusl) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other
2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?
a) Agriculture
b) Education
c) Environment
d) Farm subsidies
e) Food stamps
f) Housing
g) Law enforcement
h) Medicaid
i) School lunches
j) Welfare
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for state office.
b) Provide public subsidizing of political campaigns.
c) Require legislation that would increase the limits on individual contributions.
Xd) Pass legislation that would encourage complete disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support to address crime.
Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for serious crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more state prisons.
Xc) Require "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Require the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
e) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
Xf) Implement and encourage drug and alcohol treatment centers and other alternative, community-based options for non-violent convicts.
g) Expand funding for community policing programs.
h) Increase funding for hiring of police officers.
Xi) Prosecute youths, accused of murder, as adults.
j) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
l) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time violent felons.
m) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding economic development.
a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into the state.
b) Increase state funding for job-training programs.
c) Increase state funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads, bridges and telecommunications.
d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
e) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed.
Xf) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed for certain industries.
g) Eliminate any government programs designed to promote the state economy.
h) Reform the current workers' compensation insurance system.
i) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.
Xa) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
b) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private, religious or technical.
d) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Require allowing voluntary prayer or a moment of silence in public schools.
f) Increase funding for student loan programs available for college students.
g) Increase funding for programs designed to reduce class sizes for elementary and secondary schools.
h) Support a pay raise for public school teachers.
i) Other
2) In the space provided, describe your proposals to reform the funding of public schools.
Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding your state's environment and natural resources.
a) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
b) Require the state to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately-owned lands.
c) Increase state funding to expand recreational spaces such as parks, forests and other open spaces.
d) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xe) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
f) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
g) Phase in a prohibition of pollution-causing products such as gas-powered automobiles.
h) Increase state taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
Xi) Require that a percentage of purchases made by state agencies include recycled components.
j) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning family and children issues.
a) Increase funding for programs designed to reduce teen pregnancy.
Xb) Implement programs designed to decrease availability of cigarettes to children.
c) Increase funding for programs that enforce and collect delinquent child support payments.
Xd) Revoke state licenses and permits of parents that are delinquent in paying child support.
e) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
f) Other
Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services.
Federala) Civil rights enforcement
Localb) Education
Federalc) Environmental cleanup
Stated) Job training
Locale) Law enforcement
Federalf) Low-income housing
Federalg) Medicaid
Federalh) Medicare
Statei) Welfare (AFDC)
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.
a) Expand the nationwide ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally obtained firearms.
f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
Xg) Other

Maintain NH's current laws.

Indicate which principles you support regarding your state's health care system.
a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all state residents regardless of income.
b) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xd) Support community health purchasing alliances.
Xe) Promote programs that assist in child immunizations.
f) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
h) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of government.
Xi) Insure health insurance portability for workers who change jobs.
j) Expand Medicaid to provide health care to uninsured working individuals.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Require mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs near schools.
Xc) Require capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
d) Require drug testing for state employees in sensitive positions (mass transit, state police, etc.).
e) Increase funding of drug education and drug treatment programs.
f) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
g) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do Governor to address this concern.
Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.
a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase state funding of homeless shelters and low-income housing projects.
c) Increase state funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
Xd) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
g) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
h) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other
Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories.
1) Income Taxes
a) Retiree earning over $40,000
b) Family earning less than $25,000
c) Family earning $25-75,000
d) Family earning $75-150,000
e) Family earning over $150,000
2) Other Tax Issues
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Charitable deduction
Slightly Increased) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Corporate income taxes
f) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusg) Estate taxes
Maintain Statush) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Decreasei) Property tax
j) Sales tax
k) Other
Are you in favor of a limit on the number of terms which the Governor may serve?
Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States welfare system.
a) Require a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
b) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
c) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive welfare benefits.
d) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
Xe) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
f) Increase funding of programs that help homeless people find shelter and employment.
g) Provide incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
h) Require mothers to identify their child(ren)'s father in order to receive welfare benefits.
i) Make no substantial changes at this time.
j) Other
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