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Katherine Clark's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 5, Democratic
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Katherine Clark 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project 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

  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "When it comes to ensuring that women get a fair shot, we have to protect a woman's right to make her own health care decisions and her ability to plan for her family and her future. That is why I am proud to stand with my colleagues from the Pro-Choice Caucus in signing the amicus brief to ask our Supreme Court to protect this critical right for women and their families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/859767/protection-of-womens-rights#.VkpNwWwViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Instead of listening to the needs and priorities of hardworking families at home, House Republicans chose to draft a backwards budget that hands out billions of dollars in tax breaks to big corporations and the ultra-wealthy. It blocks critical tax breaks for working families in Massachusetts and slashes billions in food assistance for hungry children and the elderly." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969203/clark-republicans-crafted-a-cruel-bill-to-benefit-the-ultra-wealthy (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2012, the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit helped lift 10.1 million people out of poverty. These programs work for working families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/968702/long-term-tax-policies#.VZ7wzXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, President Obama submitted his fiscal year 2015 budget expanding on our shared vision of opportunity for all. It makes critical invests in infrastructure, job training and early education while closing tax loopholes for wealthy corporations that ship jobs overseas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/856499/clark-statement-on-the-presidents-budget#.VZ7xFnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She invests in people by increasing funding for job training and local career centers to help get people back to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/561385/issue-position-good-jobs-in-our-community#.VY23z_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately, much of the recent debate in Washington has focused on deep cuts that reduce the deficit at the expense of investments designed to generate economic opportunity for all." http://katherineclark.house.gov/index.cfm/jobs-and-the-economy (katherineclark.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.880 "American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53301 (votesmart.org)
  • "Katherine lowered the tax rate on capital gains to encourage investment and job growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/561385/issue-position-good-jobs-in-our-community#.VY23z_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2012, the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit helped lift 10.1 million people out of poverty. These programs work for working families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/968702/long-term-tax-policies#.VZ7wzXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VY1rQPlViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "It's time to get America running on clean energy like solar and wind power." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809553/#.VY23LvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "She builds our future economy by investing in the life sciences and green technology will create jobs and allow us to compete in the global market." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/561385/issue-position-good-jobs-in-our-community#.VY23z_lViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Katherine supports strong regulations on fossil fuel power plants and a carbon tax system that will reduce reliance on fossil fuels. It will also level the playing field and encourage more development of clean energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809553/#.VY23LvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our generation, and state by state solutions can only take us so far. We need the federal government to act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809553/#.VY23LvlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "At minimum, we should ensure that deadly weapons are not sold to suspected terrorists. With a mass shooting every week, it is unconscionable that Congress would stand by and do nothing. I would hope that at least some of my Republican colleagues would summon the courage to stand up for the security of American families and force a vote to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065038/congresswoman-clark-demands-vote-to-close-terrorist-gun-loophole (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35858/katherine-clark/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "Every day in the United States, eight children are killed by guns. It's time to stand up to the NRA which blocks even the most basic, common sense gun safety legislation in Congress. Katherine supports reinstating the assault weapons ban, closing the gun show loophole, and implementing universal background checks on gun sales." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809539/issue-position-standing-up-to-the-nra (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VY1sd_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2010, based on our successful state model in Massachusetts, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the 4 years since its passage, the ACA is making important strides in providing healthcare to all Americans." http://katherineclark.house.gov/index.cfm/health-care (katherineclark.house.gov)
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

  • "Katherine supports comprehensive immigration reform that makes our borders more secure, cracks down on the shipment of illicit drugs and goes after employers who hire undocumented immigrants, but also includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and makes legal immigration easier to navigate. It's the fair thing to do, and it's also the best thing to do for our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809551/issue-position-immigration#.VZ70JHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's plan to make changes to our immigration policy is necessary, legal, and consistent with recent Presidential precedent. The President's plan will allow millions of families to work legally, stay united, and be protected from physical harm and discrimination." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938267/clark-statement-on-president-obama-executive-action-on-immigration#.VZ7z8XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Inside Medford "Marriage equality is an important milestone in history, but our goal to end discrimination against LGBT people is far from complete. Let’s celebrate today and get back to work on more victories tomorrow." http://insidemedford.com/2015/06/28/clark-statement-on-same-sex-marriage-supreme-court-ruling/ (insidemedford.com)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign Position on Marriage http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35858/katherine-clark/76#.VZ70k3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There are no clear answers yet to how we would vet these rebels, how we would prevent our arms from falling into enemy hands, and the efficacy of the programs that have already trained and armed thousands of Syrian rebels. The civil war in Syria is complex with volatile shifting allegiances. This proposal cannot be evaluated accurately without a discussion of a comprehensive strategy. Anything less than a full debate on the scope of military involvement, alliances, costs, and metrics for success is a disservice to the American people and to our constitutional obligation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/923862/clark-statement-on-arming-and-training-syrian-rebels (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35858/katherine-clark/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "Katherine believes that cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age, or ending the guaranteed benefits through privatization is completely unacceptable, as more than 1.2 million Massachusetts seniors depend on $1.3 billion in Social Security benefits each month." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809569/katherine-clark-pledges-to-protect-social-security-for-seniors#.VZ72eXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

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

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Massachusetts State Legislative Election 2004 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.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Estate taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreasei) Property taxes
Slightly Increasej) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
m) Should Internet sales be taxed?
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Massachusetts governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Massachusetts state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesg) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Massachusetts are closed?
Yesh) Should Massachusetts recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Noi) Should Massachusetts restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
Yesj) Do you support allowing out-of-state same-sex couples to marry in Massachusetts?
k) Other or expanded principles
Auto Insurance Reform: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding auto insurance reform.
Xa) Distribute high-risk drivers evenly among auto insurance providers.
Xb) Increase the investigation and prosecution of auto insurance fraud.
Xc) Support increased competition between auto insurance providers in Massachusetts.
Xd) Reduce subsidies paid by good drivers to offset rate increases for bad drivers.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Implement the death penalty in Massachusetts.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
g) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xi) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xj) Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Offer free public college tuition to the top quarter of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scorers.
Xm) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
n) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
o) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Increase the number of weeks an individual must work in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits.
c) Reduce the number of weeks that individuals are eligible for unemployment benefits.
d) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xe) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xf) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xg) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws.
Xi) Increase the state minimum wage.
j) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Yesa) Public employment
Yesb) State college and university admissions
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xe) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xe) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Support current licensing requirements for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Massachusetts.
h) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Support current limits on benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
e) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xf) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
g) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xi) Increase funding for affordable housing programs.
j) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 75 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.
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