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Kathy Castor's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 14, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 14
Kathy Castor is currently being tested through 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

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/53825/kathy-castor/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "This Republican bill is an unprecedented, radical assault on a woman's right to make her own health and health insurance decisions. It interferes with the relationship between a patient and doctor." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/844023/no-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion-and-abortion-insurance-full-disclosure-act-of-2014#.VbfDHeRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "Women and their health care providers across the country can breathe easier today after the Supreme Court struck down an outrageous Texas law that closed clinics and blocked medical access to women's health services. The Supreme Court has clearly reaffirmed the constitutional right of women to make their own health care decisions, including access to the full range of medical services. Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-led Legislature should take note, reverse course on laws they passed that clearly are unconstitutional "undue burdens' on women and their health clinics and doctors."" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103239/us-rep-castor-fl-should-take-note-of-whole-womans-health-v-hellerstedt-scotus-decision (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219049/letter-to-donald-j-trump-president-of-the-united-states-keep-government-open-include-bipartisan-priorities/?search=defense%20spending#.WzYyyq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "Each of these changes would have dramatic implications for our nation's campaign finance system, widening the channels of influence for wealthy and well-connected campaign donors and further exacerbating the flood of undisclosed and unaccountable "secret money" into our political system.[2] Yet, the 115th Congress has not held one hearing, commissioned a single study, nor investigated in any serious way the ramifications of these ill-conceived policy riders. Put simply, it is irresponsible for Congress to advance these campaign finance changes without due deliberation and public debate." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1232820/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-the-hon-nancy-pelosi-house-minority-leader-the-hon-mitch-mcconnell-senate-majority-leader-and-the-hon-charles-schumer-senate-minority-leader-stop-controversial-spending-bill-provisions-that-would-increase-secret-money-in-politics/?search=campaign%20finance#.WzYzBa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 'Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The GOP proposed a tax bill that Ebenezer Scrooge would love. It is a big bah-hum-bug for America," U.S. Rep. Castor said. "They're in essence giving the middle-class a lump of coal for Christmas, while showering tax breaks and new loopholes on the super-rich and big corporations. It is fundamentally unfair, and the GOP does this with a massive increase to our national debt of about $2.3 trillion. Their bill mortgages the future for our kids and grandkids, and squeezes out our ability to invest in medical research and modern infrastructure. To pay for it, they admit they will look to cut benefits and raise costs on families who depend on Medicaid and Medicare. In this bill, they even go so far as to rip health coverage away from 13 million Americans -- another attack on affordable health care coverage." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1216218/castor-votes-no-on-gop-tax-scam#.W2mwGmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by the American Federation of Teachers. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/53825/kathy-castor/27#.WzY2P63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/53825/kathy-castor/27#.WzY2P63SQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • Signed a letter stating "As public officials, we are writing to express our support for clean energy and urge your company to deepen its investment in energy efficiency and solar power in Florida." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/870458/letter-to-alex-glenn-president-of-duke-energy-florida-regarding-clean-energy-in-florida#.VbfOtuRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "The appropriation in the bill for energy efficiency and renewable energy is $112 million below the 2014 appropriated level, and it is $528 million below the budget request. Now, I wish we could meet the budget request this year, but, colleagues, we should at least restore the money back to last year's levels, which is still a very modest investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy for America.The funds tied to energy efficiency and renewable energy fuel jobs across America in advanced manufacturing and clean energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/898491/energy-and-water-development-and-related-agencies-appropriations-act-2015/?search=renewable#.Va57CnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Chairman, my amendment increases the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $266 million, to simply restore it to last year's levels, with an offset from the fossil energy account. My amendment will boost energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives across America that have a proven return on investment for taxpayers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/985415/energy-and-water-development-and-related-agencies-appropriations-act-2016/?search=renewable#.Va56enUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Many communities that we represent are already feeling the effects of power sector pollution and climate disruption. Putting Florida on a path to homegrown clean energy and decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels is the best way for our state to safeguard public health and the environment while mitigating the worst impacts of climate disruption." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/870458/letter-to-alex-glenn-president-of-duke-energy-florida-regarding-clean-energy-in-florida#.VbfOtuRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VbaJxXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "U.S. Rep. Castor intends to urge communities across the country to take concrete steps to tackle climate change and build on the momentum after a nearly 200-country coalition led by President Obama late last year agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1041587/us-rep-castor-files-bill-to-unleash-americas-clean-energy-future (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 45 "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#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 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#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Republicans in Congress and President Trump should be focused on helping hardworking families across the country keep their affordable health coverage rather than threatening to shut down the government over controversial border wall funding. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162559/us-rep-castor-calls-on-speaker-ryan-to-protect-affordable-health-care-and-cost-sharing-reductions/?search=border%20wall#.WzY0AK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "While Republicans did not allow it, I voted on the floor early this morning to proceed to take up Rep. Roybal-Allard's (D-CA) H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017. Republicans have continually refused to take up this legislation to reform our nation's broken immigration system. Pres. Trump's September announcement to end DACA makes it necessary for Congress to act now. It is vital that the focus shift now to provide a pathway to citizenship for our DREAMers and Republicans must stop blocking debate and a vote." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1224006/us-rep-castors-statement-on-house-passage-of-bipartisan-budget-deal-ending-another-republican-shutdown/?search=immigration#.WzY0W63SQfI (votesmart.org)
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

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

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