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Gwen Moore's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WI) - District 4, Democratic
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Gwen Moore 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 issue positions, from the year 2016, 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

  • "Again and again, we see Congress removing women's autonomy over their own bodies. One of the most troubling aspects of this attack is that it is fueled by men. A woman's health care decisions are between a woman and her doctor, not a woman and politicians." (
  • "The right to choose is an important and deeply personal decision that should be afforded to every woman. We must continue to uphold this right so that women can continue to receive a full range of reproductive health services." (
Yes Inferred 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

  • "The Bush tax cuts for the rich have put the nation in economic crisis. We are currently facing record deficits and huge job losses. In Congress, Gwen will support rolling back the Bush tax cuts that benefited the wealthiest one percent of taxpayers while doing very little to help the millions of working people in this country." (
  • "We here in Congress are charged to work on behalf of all Americans – particularly the least of these. The priorities of the Republican tax plan only include the wealthiest Americans while the Democratic Substitute would give middle class families certainty that their taxes will not go up next year. It's time we make those most in need a priority in order to build a strong, robust economy." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored H.R.920 "Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015" (
  • "In the 1980s, Congress passed a drug enforcement law that focused on the particular type of substance, not the action itself. That was misguided and created a 100 to one sentencing disparity that disproportionately impacted African American communities across the country. This disparity is unjust and unjustified." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Following the financial collapse, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), which is largely credited with preventing a second Great Depression. The Recovery Act directed funds to cities, states, nonprofits, and companies to make critical investments to keep jobs and put people to work." (
  • "Our government cannot continue to operate from manufactured crisis to the next. Although the omnibus does not restore pre-sequester funding for every program, it offers significant relief to many of our domestic investments that were comprised when the across-the-board spending cuts went into effect." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In contrast, under the Democratic alternative 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses will see no tax increase. It will extend for one year expiring marginal tax rates for income as well as rates on capital gains and dividends for taxable income of $200,000 or less for single filers and $250,000 or less for joint filers." (
  • "Senator Moore supported tax relief measures to encourage Midwest Airlines and Air Wisconsin to to keep their headquarters and jobs in Wisconsin. Senator Moore co-authored a motion to make the tax relief retroactive to further increase incentives for these companies to stay in Wisconsin." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) yesterday sent a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressing concerns about the standards states must achieve in order to qualify for a portion of $4.35 billion in Race to the Top funds that were included in the Recovery Act to improve K-12 education. […] However, in her June 9 meeting, Congresswoman Moore specifically asked and received assurance from Secretary Duncan that mayoral control of MPS was not a prerequisite to earning Race to the Top funds." (
  • "The No Child Left Behind Act has turned out to be more hype than help. The law created unfair new mandates that overburden our schools and the Bush Administration has failed to adequately find the programs under the Act. In Congress, Gwen Moore will support the repeal of No Child Left Behind and will work to provide adequate funding for education programs including Title I, Head Start, and Special Education." (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 80% by Environment America (
  • Voted against S 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Like all businesses, the wind industry seeks certainty and predictability so that long term project decisions and investments can be made. Without that stability, we once again risk losing many of the jobs, infrastructure, and investment that the wind industry has created. Furthermore, we risk weakening our national energy security by not fostering clean, domestic energy." (
  • "Tonight the President set an aggressive agenda for America. […] His plans to invest in clean energy and decrease our dependence on foreign oil will be necessary to help our businesses compete as well as reducing energy costs for American families." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As public concern about extreme weather ramps up, Wisconsin is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. Clean energy policies, such as Wisconsin's energy efficiency requirements, have significantly cut emissions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to new report by Environmental America Research & Policy Center." (
  • "We are writing to express our support for the Environmental Protection Agency's final Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule. […] The Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule finally ends decades of failure to control pollution at its source." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence (
  • "Keep the heat on Congress to do something. I can tell you we've got to do it at the federal level because our patchwork of state laws fails to keep the country safe as a whole. If common sense were common, we'd have passed this background check legislation. […] There are other loopholes. What if you already own a gun? There's no sheriff collecting that gun immediately, and and temporarily until that domestic violence order is lifted – taking that gun from you." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I was honored to be a part of history and to have served in the Congress that passed comprehensive health care reform. Through the Affordable Care Act, we extended health care coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans while at the same time lowering health care costs for overall and cutting our nation's deficit." (
  • "As a woman, I am incredibly pleased to recognize the fourth anniversary of our landmark health care reform law. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition that allows insurance companies to charge women more for their health care." (
No 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

  • "Congresswoman Gwen Moore stood in strong support of the decision made by President Obama and Secretary Napolitano to spare certain young immigrants, who are eligible for the DREAM Act, from deportation." (
  • Signed a letter stating "When Republicans blocked legislation, your pledge to use Presidential power under existing law to improve our immigration system gave us hope. […] We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have longed worked in the United States and have established strong ties with our communities." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today I join my lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) friends in Wisconsin and across the nation as we celebrate a profound victory towards giving the LGBT community the fairness they have long deserved. No one should be barred from marriage due to sexual orientation or gender identity." (
  • "Today's decisions mark a significant moment in American history. The Supreme Court sent a simple but powerful message to same-sex couples and families across this nation – that love is love. For too long, DOMA and Proposition 8 have represented the voices of LGBTQ prejudice. Today those voices were invalidated." (
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am pleased that the President has asked Congress to postpone the vote authorizing United States military action in Syria. The decision to engage our military in any capacity is something that should not be taken lightly. As Members of Congress, we must work to ensure that every diplomatic action has been taken before deciding to enact a military mission in Syria." (
  • "A modern terror group like ISIL requires a modern anti-terrorism strategy built on a foundation of international cooperation. Such a strategy must include a global diplomatic effort combined with a focus on fostering political compromise within the Iraqi government and ending Syria's bloody civil war." (
  • Signed a letter stating "We agree that Congress and all levels of government have a duty to protect America from terrorism, whether from abroad or homegrown. We are, however, deeply concerned that the stated narrow scope and underlying premises of these hearings unfairly stigmatizes and alienates Muslim Americans." (
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

  • "Well, I mean, he has sought in the past to privatize Social Security. He is basically eviscerating all of the entitlement programs, including Medicare, where he provides a voucher to seniors, which would essentially pass the increasing costs of health care onto seniors, and estimates are that it would be as much as $6,000 a year." (
  • "[...] we have seen from the Republicans are these fire engine red colorful charts warning us of the burden that the aging baby boomers will impose upon the hapless taxpayer unless we adopt the so-called austere ``path to prosperity,'' which ends the entitlement to Medicaid, caps those benefits, which turns Medicare into a voucher--so-called ``premium supports''--and which gives instruction to the Ways and Means Committee to privatize or to fix Social Security." (


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