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Susan Wild's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 7, Democratic
Susan Wild has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am an EMILY's List-endorsed candidate and am wholeheartedly pro-choice (running against two anti-choice Democrats in my primary).

YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Other or expanded principles

I support raising tax rates on the highest earners.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I would like to see us move toward publicly funded elections that completely remove "dark" and corporate money from our political process.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I would support reinstating the 1994 assault weapons ban, banning "bump stocks," raising the eligible age for gun purchases, and creating a universal background checks, among other measures.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

The Affordable Care Act can be improved upon, but that in no way includes dismantling or repealing it. It was a great start that I believe should set us on a course toward a Medicare for all-type program.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles

Yes, and I have signed Sen. Bernie Sanders' petition calling for the legalization of marijuana and an end to the failed "War on Drugs."

NoCandidate AnswerShould the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Other or expanded principles

Both of these answers deserve follow up: First, I believe diplomacy is the most proven, best approach to preventing hostile governments from possessing a nuclear weapon. Second, I would support increased intervention only in the sense of diplomacy and coalition building � putting boots on the ground in that region with no end in sight will be a failure.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My campaign is all about Families, and that�s why my top priorities in Congress will be: (1) establishing a Medicare for all system, so no family has to face bankruptcy due to medical bills; (2) protecting Social Security at all costs, so no seniors face financial uncertainty after a lifetime earning their benefits and playing by the rules; and implementing campaign finance reform to get dark money out of politics. When more revenue is needed to make these priorities a reality, I support increasing taxes on the highest income earners and reducing defense spending.


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