Representative Dina Titus's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NV) - District 1, Democratic
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Dina Titus 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, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood (
  • "I have always been a strong advocate for women's reproductive rights and will continue to fight this extremist Republican legislation. I will always support a woman's right to make her own decisions about her body." (
  • "It is one of the toughest choices a woman can face in her lifetime. It is a choice, however, that is hers to make, along with her family, her doctor, and her God." (

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  • "Congress needs to extend the tax cuts for the 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250K a year." (
  • "Since coming to Congress, I have worked to cut taxes for Nevada families and small businesses in order to foster an economic environment that will lead to growth and job creation." (

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

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  • "We must continue to invest in high quality programs […]." (
  • "President Obama has put forward a budget to grow our economy, strengthen the middle class, and empower future generations by making strategic investments in infrastructure and education […]." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (

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  • "I say, let's give taxpayers some immediate relief and take time to come up with a good, reasonable long-term solution whereby local governments and school districts still have the revenue they need to provide essential services and taxpayers are not burdened with bills increasing at exorbitant rates." (
  • "Since coming to Congress, I have worked to cut taxes for Nevada families and small businesses in order to foster an economic environment that will lead to growth and job creation." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.4853 "Temporary Extension of Tax Relief" (

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

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  • Voted against S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (

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  • "With 300 days of sun in Southern Nevada and massive amounts of geothermal energy in Northern Nevada, we have the natural resources to make energy a revenue generator rather than an enormous expense." (
  • "Titus has a long record of fighting for the environment and is a leading proponent of renewable energy." (
  • "Americans have made it clear that our budget should be a path forward for a strong middle class and a serious investment in the next generation of Americans." (

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  • "I agree with the President's agenda to curb carbon pollution, reduce emissions from vehicles, and continue the development of solar, geothermal, and wind energy on our vast public lands." (
  • Voted in favor of S.B. 422 to "Require the Creation of a Registry and Inventory of Greenhouse Gases Emitted in This State" (

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  • "I applaud the President's common sense reforms to our current laws, including universal background checks and stricter prosecution of gun-related crimes, as well as the pledge to improve the nation's mental health system. I also support renewing the ban on assault weapons and limiting the size of magazines." (
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association (
  • "I am hopeful that we can work together to enact reforms necessary to reduce gun violence in our country." (

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (
  • "[...] stop wasting taxpayers' time and money trying to repeal patients' rights, and get to work on creating jobs and producing a budget that truly reflects the American people's priorities." (
  • "We still have a lot more work to do to make healthcare more affordable for all Nevada families, but the Affordable Care Act has and will continue to reduce costs and improve care […]." (

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  • "All in all, creating arbitrary roadblocks on the pathway to citizenship can—and will—ultimately hurt our nation as a whole." (
  • "The bill introduced by the bipartisan group of Senators is not perfect but it takes a significant step toward the comprehensive reform that we so desperately need. It honors our country’s heritage as the 'land of opportunity,' promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, providing 11 million undocumented immigrants a fair path to citizenship, protecting workers, and securing our borders." (
  • Las Vegas Sun "Dina Titus […] argued that halting deportations 'would move us in the direction of where the immigration debate rightfully should start, with the legalization of 11 million men and women who call the United States their home.'" (

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  • "Proud to stand for marriage equality & equal rights […]." (
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "Nearly two years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on United States v. Windsor, essentially striking down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and bringing federal recognition to the marriages of same-sex couples. […] I am confident that, once again, the Court will rule in favor of equality for all, and upholds the ideals that make this country great." (

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

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  • "Not only have these ideas already been soundly rejected by the American people, but as the deepest recession in a generation has shown us, having a guaranteed benefit of Social Security is critical for Southern Nevada's seniors during a difficult economic time." (
  • "We must never privatize Social Security nor voucherize Medicare, two programs seniors have earned and deserve." (


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Nevada State Legislative 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.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, 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 always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Should Nevada government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and civil rights in Nevada.

a) The Nevada government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
b) The Nevada government should provide no affirmative action programs.
Noc) Do you believe that the Nevada government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Yesd) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be added to Nevada's anti-discrimination laws?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children and family issues in Nevada.

Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Nevada.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xi) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
l) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
m) Limit the number of appeals allowed for inmates on death row.
Xn) Strengthen "victims' rights" laws to enable victims to recover more damages from offenders.
o) Support the concept of equally applied punishment for the same crime for all persons regardless of age, gender, or race.
Xp) Support contracting with private sector firms to manage state prisons.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Nevada.

Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
Xc) Increase state funding for local community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xd) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xe) Allow courts to hold parents accountable for a minor child who violates the law.
Xf) Allow cities to impose curfews for minors in high crime areas.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Nevada's economic development.

Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
Xb) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling.
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production and interest rates.
f) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xg) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
h) Implement "right to work" legislation that allows employees to work without joining a union or paying union dues.
i) Curtail legalized gambling in Nevada.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Nevada's education system.

Xa) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
Xe) Implement charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
f) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
h) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
j) Require high school students to perform community service as a graduation requirement.
Nok) Should the Clark County School District be split into smaller districts?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Nevada's environment and natural resources.

Xa) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Nevada.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Nevada.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend Nevada's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
Xi) Require state residents to conserve water by limiting the use of water for lawns and gardens.
Xj) The Endangered Species Act should continue to require property owners to protect threatened plants and animals on their land.
k) The Endangered Species Act should be amended to provide incentives to encourage property owners to protect threatened plants and animals on their land.
Nol) Do you support the selection of Yucca Mountain in southwest Nevada as a storage site for used nuclear fuel?

m) Which level of government do you believe should have primary responsibility for environmental regulation in Nevada?

Yesa) Do you support the law, to take effect in 2006, that will limit Nevada's State Representatives to twelve years in office?
Yesb) Do you support the law, to take effect in 2008, that will limit Nevada's State Senators to twelve years in office?
Yesc) Do you support the current law that limits Nevada's Governor to two, four-year terms?
Yesd) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yese) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesg) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesh) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesi) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noj) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesk) Do you support imposing a fine on legislators who do not provide campaign contribution information in a timely manner?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Continue to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Nevada's health care system.

Xa) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
Xc) Ensure that Nevada citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Request a waiver from the federal government to provide Medicaid services through managed care programs.

Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.

a) Abortion
b) Affirmative Action
Maintain Statusc) Agriculture
Slightly Increased) AIDS Programs
Greatly Increasee) Education
Slightly Increasef) Environment
Slightly Increaseg) Health Care
Slightly Increaseh) Law Enforcement
Slightly Increasei) State Employee Salaries
Slightly Decreasej) Welfare

Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning Nevada's tax levels. Select one option only.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol Taxes
Maintain Statusb) Business Taxes
c) Capital Gains Taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gaming Taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property Taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales Taxes
Maintain Statusg) State Fees
Noh) Would you support a state income tax in Nevada?
i) Do you support a flat tax structure for a state income tax, should one be enacted?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Nevada's welfare system.

Xa) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
d) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
e) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
Xh) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Nevada State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

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