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Tammy Duckworth's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (IL) - Jr, Democratic
Tammy Duckworth has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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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 2016.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the 113th Congress, which has more women than any Congress in the history of the United States, I look forward to standing up for the principles of Roe v. Wade and expanding access to quality and affordable reproductive healthcare for all women." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767107/congresswoman-duckworths-statement-on-the-40th-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade#.V3PXqHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Personal decisions about reproductive health should be based on a woman's own conscience, religious beliefs and sound medical advice -- not the whims of her employer or her legislators." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/900315/duckworth-helps-introduce-legislation-to-limit-hobby-lobby-decision/?search=abortion#.VYGRPHUViko (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

  • "We must let the Bush era tax breaks for the super wealthy expire and ensure that multinational conglomerate corporations, many of which paid no federal income taxes last year, pay their fair share." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700349/issue-position-budget-deficit-and-taxes/?search=wealthy#.VYGUFnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider and Bill Foster today announced support the Buffett Rule, a proposal to correct an unfair tax system that forces middle-class families to pay a higher rate than millionaires. It's named for billionaire Warren Buffett, who is leading the fight to fix the system after learning he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/688349/#.VYGR3XUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mandatory minimums for drug sentences and lack of adequate representation for defendants often put an unfair burden on disadvantaged communities[...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1015571/duckworth-cosponsors-legislation-reforming-criminal-justice-system/?search=prison#.V3PapXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I also believe that investments in our infrastructure and transportation are crucial to creating jobs. I’ve advocated for construction of the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project, which broke ground in October of 2013. The project is expected to create 65,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2040 and save drivers $145 million annually in time and fuel costs. I also support the establishment of a national infrastructure bank that will bring our region more projects like this." http://duckworth.house.gov/index.php/issues/jobs-and-the-economy (duckworth.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "Very simply, we support transportation and infastructure investment because our economy needs a national system to safely move people and deliver goods from place to place." http://hultgren.house.gov/sites/hultgren.house.gov/files/2015-02-11_Letter_Long_Term_Highway_Trust_Fund_Solution.pdf (hultgren.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I favor targeted, short-term tax incentives for small- and mid-sized businesses that create new jobs, and for any company that hires a worker who has been unemployed. The US Economic Institute estimated that a 15% tax credit for expanded payroll costs could create up to 2.8 million new jobs over a year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/662606/issue-position-jobs#.VY2s_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This week, I wrote a letter to the Department of Transportation in support for Pace's Regional arterial and express bus rapid transit deployment project. This initiative has major benefits for our District including improved job access, reduced traffic congestion, less pollution, safer communing, and reduced local tax burden." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947313/duckworth-diary-december-19th-2014/?search=tax#.VYGVtHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While control over public education should remain at the local level, the federal government should continue to provide resources and support to the education system. This includes establishing guidelines and rigorous baseline standards like Common Core to ensure our children are educated for the jobs of the future. However, I have been disappointed with the rollout of Common Core, including the lack of accompanying teaching materials and the unanticipated focus on more testing, and encourage the Department of Education and the States to continue seeking a standard that promotes critical thinking, accountability and student development. " http://elections.chicagotribune.com/2014-11-04/candidates/tammy-duckworth/ (elections.chicagotribune.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/16678/44082/57442/northern-route-approval-act#.VY2wNnUVhHw (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

  • "Our military and government needs to pursue clean energy to strengthen our national security, grow our economy and protect our children’s future." http://duckworth.house.gov/index.php/issues/energy-and-the-environment (duckworth.house.gov)
  • "[...] I sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and Office of Management and Budget asking that it continue its commitment to renewable fuels. Investments in renewable fuels will help our economy grow by driving innovation and job creation here at home, bringing America closer to energy independence." http://duckworth.house.gov/index.php/media-center/the-duckworth-diary/670-june-5-2015 (duckworth.house.gov)
  • "Investments in the expansion of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, as well as in the development of new conservation methods, not only help preserve our environment for future generations, but can save American families thousands of dollars every year. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1029066/issue-position-energy-and-the-environment/?search=renewable%20energy#.V3PZbXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On Monday, President Obama announced groundbreaking limits on carbon pollution from electric power plants, a move that will significantly address climate change. I strongly support the president's action because reducing carbon pollution will result in greater national security, cleaner air and healthier communities while strengthening Illinois' economy. Just as military necessity led to energy innovation on the battlefield, these new limits on carbon pollution will provide strong incentives for Illinois businesses to accelerate the development of cleaner, cheaper energy technologies." http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140603/discuss/140609803/ (www.dailyherald.com)
  • "I am committed to securing America's energy future and building a clean energy economy that doesn't rely on other countries, contribute to climate change, or pollute our environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/850981/issue-position-energy-and-the-environment#.VY20jnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/57442/tammy-duckworth/37#.VYGcKnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] I believe we need to limit access to weapons that can kill a large number of people in just a few seconds. This legislation would ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959196/newsletter-protecting-our-families#.VY22inUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our country is in need of common sense legislation that prevents gun violence. While I will continue to protect the Second Amendment rights of marksmen like myself, there are immediate steps we can take that will ensure the safety of our children, military installations and communities." http://duckworth.house.gov/index.php/issues/reducing-gun-violence (duckworth.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While far from perfect, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) made many significant improvements to our health care system by giving patients more control over their health care coverage and by holding insurance companies accountable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/850982/issue-position-health-care/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VlSWuWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I have spoken with my constituents and business owners across the 8th District who agree that safeguards should be put in place so our businesses are not unfairly burdened. We need to keep the parts of the bill that improve access to affordable health care coverage for individuals and families and fix the parts that could potentially hurt small businesses." http://duckworth.house.gov/index.php/issues/health-care (duckworth.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

  • Rated 100% by National Hispanic Leadership Agenda http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/57442/tammy-duckworth/40#.VYGdt3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a long-term plan that will secure our borders and include a responsible path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented individuals who are living in the shadows. It is also a priority of mine that we make sure that our immigration system allows families to stay together. Comprehensive immigration reform is right for our families, our businesses and for our future global competitiveness." http://duckworth.house.gov/index.php/issues/immigration (duckworth.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "It is clear that DOMA does not rationally serve and, in fact, undermines, Congress's legitimate interests in the welfare of American families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court#.VY27gXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 85% by American Civil Liberties Union http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/57442/tammy-duckworth/13#.VYGeB3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "No American should be denied rights because of whom they love or what state they live in. On Capitol Hill, I participated in NoH8 Day to bring awareness to LGBT rights. The Supreme Court and Congress need to grant all Americans - gay or straight - the ability to protect their partner and freedom to love whomever they choose." http://duckworth.house.gov/index.php/issues/civil-rights (duckworth.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "One of the most important actions the Senate can take to reduce the threat of ISIS is to pass an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Passage of an AUMF would send a strong message that the U.S. is committed to taking on and defeating ISIS." http://www.suntimescandidates.com/duckworth--tammy.html (www.suntimescandidates.com)
  • "It is clear that ISIS poses a real and immediate threat to U.S. interests, and potentially, our homeland. I support targeted military action in Iraq and think that in order to destroy ISIS we will ultimately have to follow them into Syria. However, I have serious reservations about the long term commitment of military force in the region without a long term plan. The situation with ISIS is fluid and any action that the U.S. takes must be thought-out and take into account the costs of military action. " http://duckworth.house.gov/index.php/issues/national-security (duckworth.house.gov)
  • "No-fly zones and humanitarian safe zones are extraordinarily resource-intensive and they both represent an escalation in our direct confrontation with Assad. However, as Senator, they’re both something I would consider closely. This is another reason why it’s important that we establish a new AUMF as a first step." http://www.suntimescandidates.com/duckworth--tammy.html (www.suntimescandidates.com)
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/57442/tammy-duckworth/53#.VY2-iXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As we continue to recover from the Great Recession, Congress must once again take decisive action to defeat misguided efforts to privatize or cut Social Security so that future generations will be able to retire with dignity after a life of hard work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1015666/newsletter-preserving-social-security-and-medicare/?search=Social%20Security#.V3PaP3VTQfI (votesmart.org)

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