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Collin Peterson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

What is the Political Courage Test?

Minnesota Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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

Everything needs to be on the table in order for a comprehensive solution to getting our fiscal house in order.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

I support more local control of education policy.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoInferred Answer Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations
  • "Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) members visited with me on Wednesday. They thanked me for my leadership in opposing EPA's proposed Waters of the United States rule. We also talked about potential impacts on ratepayers from EPA's proposed regulation of greenhouse gases from existing power plants, which is a big concern for rural electric cooperatives. Due to the rule's complexity, EPA announced this week that it was further extending the comment period until December 1. According to its website, MREA seeks to provide service and leadership for electric cooperatives in the state, which range in size from 2,000 to 122,000 consumers. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/933904/newsletter-9192014/?search=greenhouse#.WzP47a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) members visited with me on Wednesday. They thanked me for my leadership in opposing EPA's proposed Waters of the United States rule. We also talked about potential impacts on ratepayers from EPA's proposed regulation of greenhouse gases from existing power plants, which is a big concern for rural electric cooperatives. Due to the rule's complexity, EPA announced this week that it was further extending the comment period until December 1. According to its website, MREA seeks to provide service and leadership for electric cooperatives in the state, which range in size from 2,000 to 122,000 consumers. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/933904/newsletter-9192014/?search=greenhouse#.WzP47a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

A number of federal policies that I support contribute to lower emissions like stronger CAFE standards and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Any proposed regulation on greenhouse gas emissions needs to be bipartisan, and meet the needs of our rural economy which is energy intensive.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I support red flag laws which preserve legal gun ownership rights but give law enforcement, schools and families the ability to intervene in order to prevent violent and unstable individuals from using those weapons in an unlawful way.

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

The law is not perfect, but contains important protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
YesCandidate 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

I support protections for DREAMers, expanding physical barriers where appropriate, and have also cosponsored legislation that requires people illegally here to leave the country before reapplying to work or visit our country on equal footing with other immigrants.

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

Any use of American military force needs to be a last resort supported with clear intelligence. I am skeptical about the benefits of additional military action in the Middle East.

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 top priority is to support our rural and agricultural economy. This means passing a five year farm bill reauthorization which provides a backstop against low prices and natural disasters. We also need the strong implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard to support commodity prices; enact reasonable immigration laws to ensure we have the workforce needed for the agriculture industry; and open up export markets for farmers, ranchers and manufacturers.

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Candidate Answer
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Inferred Answer
Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.
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