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Claire McCaskill's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (MO) - Sr, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate - Sr
Jerome Bauer
(Too Close To Call)
Green Party
Japheth Campbell
(Running)
Libertarian
Jo Crain
(Running)
Green Party
Josh Hawley
(Running)
Republican
Candidates who qualify for the General Election will be invited to take the 2018 Political Courage Test.

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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

  • "As a breast cancer survivor, Claire has fought to preserve funding for Planned Parenthood, so that they can continue to provide life-saving health care services such as breast and cervical cancer screenings. She also supports the requirement that health insurance companies provide cost-free contraception to women – because Claire knows that the best way to prevent unintended pregnancies is to expand access to birth control." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/womens-health-well/ (clairemccaskill.com)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Claire understands that the Citizens United Supreme Court decision—a decision she has called one of the worst in the Court’s history—has had a corrupting influence on American democracy, which is why she supports a constitutional amendment to overturn this disastrous decision." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/fixing-campaign-finance-system/ (clairemccaskill.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Claire has worked to bring affordable broadband access to rural communities. She introduced legislation to improve internet access in rural communities by protecting the rights of localities, and she has worked with a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on the Federal Communications Commission to allow rural broadband providers to offer discounted broadband service." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/standing-rural-missouri-agriculture/ (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire worked to pass the first boost in the federal minimum wage in more than a decade, and supports investing in the nation’s infrastructure to ensure that everyone has access to good-paying jobs." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/fostering-stronger-economy/ (clairemccaskill.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Claire has supported tax credits for families and small businesses, while opposing corporate tax loopholes that give the wealthy and corporations an advantage over hard-working Missourians." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/fostering-stronger-economy/ (clairemccaskill.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Claire is committed to providing support for programs, such as Head Start, designed to help children gain the awareness, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in elementary school and beyond." https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/education (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • "That’s why Claire voted to support the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which included plans to promote early education teacher development. She also cosponsored the bipartisan Education Begins at Home Act to provide parent education programs through state-administered grants." https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/education (www.mccaskill.senate.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

  • "Claire supports an all-of-the-above energy approach, but also knows the value of protecting our national treasures and outdoor heritage — which is why she opposes opening up oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and supports preserving our national parks." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/bolstering-energy-future/ (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire also supports extending tax credits to those who invest in energy generated by wind farms and solar power and providing bonds for clean renewable energy and conservation programs on the state and local levels. She has long supported development of biofuels, including appropriate mixing of bio-based ethanol in gasoline, a technique that spurs growth in the biofuel industry and reduces America's reliance on oil imports from foreign countries." https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/energy (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Claire has fought back against efforts to dismantle the air and water standards that have kept Missouri’s natural resources clean for our families and future generations." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/bolstering-energy-future/ (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire supports an all-of-the-above energy approach, but also knows the value of protecting our national treasures and outdoor heritage — which is why she opposes opening up oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and supports preserving our national parks." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/bolstering-energy-future/ (clairemccaskill.com)
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 https://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/10267 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of S Amdt 4750 "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2016" https://votesmart.org/bill/21644/56962/2109/fix-gun-checks-act-of-2016 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Claire acknowledges that no law is perfect, and is committed to continuing to improve the ACA." https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/healthcare (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • "Claire argued that the status quo was unsustainable and jeopardized the health of Missouri's citizens and the health of our economy. She supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which put into place reforms that are strengthening the quality of care in the United States and taming the out-of-control increases in costs of medical care." https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/healthcare (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • "Claire supports fixing and improving the Affordable Care Act to ensure that all Missourians can afford and access coverage." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/quality-affordable-health-care/ (clairemccaskill.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • "Claire supports legal immigration. She opposes granting unconditional amnesty to undocumented immigrants or allowing undocumented immigrants to receive federal assistance." https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/immigration (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? 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: 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

  • "Claire believes that we need to do more to defeat ISIS, and has cosponsored legislation to strengthen our response to this growing threat. She has also cosponsored legislation to address the threat of homegrown extremism and worked to increase funding and training for our first responders." https://clairemccaskill.com/issue/strengthening-national-security/ (clairemccaskill.com)

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Inferred Answer

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