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Jan Schakowsky's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 9, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
Jan Schakowsky has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 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 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WftDb2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Birth control is not health care alone. It is the right of women to control their own bodies, plan their own families, chart their own futures. For many women, it is prohibitively expensive to access the best method for them. It is beyond belief that this is still a matter for debate. This is 2017 and, for 99% of women of reproductive age, birth control is an essential part of their lives." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200335/schakowsky-statement-on-president-trump-ending-the-birth-control-mandate#.WnTG-XXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "GOP extremists want to ban abortions at – get this – six. weeks. Most women don’t even know they’re pregnant at that point. #NoAbortionBan" https://twitter.com/janschakowsky/status/925737695686660096 (twitter.com)
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

  • "I am a co-author of the People's Budget to reduce defense spending and target it efficiently. I introduced the Fairness in Taxation Act to create a 45% tax rate on income over $1M per year, 49% in income over $1B per year" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "I support smart cuts to our military budget. We can reduce what former Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the 'gusher' of defense spending without compromising our national security by focusing on modern threats and ending funding for Cold War-era weapons." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/827888/issue-position-national-security#.WnTIpnXLAfI (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

  • "The American people want action. They are demanding that we get money out of politics--the big money. Congress continues to ignore the will of the American people. Republican leadership has failed to take legislative action to address the egregious spending allowed by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. For example, they haven't brought up H.R. 20, the Government By the People Act, which would provide matching funds for candidates who agree to rely on small donors to fund their campaigns. This would empower individuals to support candidates and balance the influence of big money." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1078549/democracy-spring-money-in-politics#.WnTJEXXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose Citizens United, support full disclosure, and am a cosponsor of H.R. 20, the Government of the People Act." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Federal investment initiatives like green energy, repairing pipes and bridges, and safe drinking water create good jobs and help our economy." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (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

  • "Cutting taxes for millionaires, billionaires, and large corporations by trillions of dollars leaves no revenue to invest in the middle class. This tax plan means fewer resources to sustain Medicare, invest in infrastructure, make college more affordable, and protect our environment. We need to build an economy that works for all Americans -- not just President Trump and the Mar-a-Lago crowd." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162747/schakowsky-statement-on-president-trumps-tax-proposal#.WnTKSHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Shame on Republicans for supporting this monstrosity. There is no excuse for voting in favor of a bill that gives 83% of its benefits to the top 1% while ripping health care away from 13 million people, robbing $25 billion from Medicare, and raising taxes on 86 million middle class families. The Republican bill makes life even better for millionaires, billionaires, and corporate special interests at the expense of everyone else." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214565/schakowsky-statement-on-house-passage-of-the-gop-tax-scam#.WnTKFXXLAfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I opposed the testing requirements in No Child Left Behind and voted for changes in the new ESEA reauthorization, the Every Student Succeeds Act. My response to the question would depend on what type of education reforms are being required and for which grants." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "The Race to the Top competition has created an incentive for school districts and local organizations to partner with one another to implement new ideas. A number of people have raised serious questions about certain aspects of the President's agenda for education, such as the move towards charter schools or the use of competitive grants. That said, the Race to the Top program has jumpstarted the national conversation about how to make education work better for this country's children and has already begun to implement real change." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/ (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

  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WftDb2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "According to the Brookings Institution, 2.7 million Americans are employed by the clean energy economy, which is more than are employed in the fossil fuels sector. Over the next few decades, the green energy sector is projected to be worth trillions of dollars and to create millions of new jobs, and we must ensure that American companies are able to compete in the worldwide race to create the technology of the future." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/915711/issue-position-green-energy#.WnTLHHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If President Trump decides to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, it will be a win for big oil and gas companies at the expense of our children's and grandchildren's future. The Paris Agreement was a milestone in the global effort to address our changing climate, bringing all major parties to the table. By stepping out now, President Trump sends the message that he puts oil company profits ahead of the planet and that the U.S. is not a reliable partner." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162624/schakowsky-statement-on-reports-that-president-trump-will-pull-out-of-the-paris-climate-agreement#.WnTLZXXLAfl (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WftDb2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 7% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6387/jan-schakowsky/37#.WnTLtnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot continue to make excuses. Federal comprehensive gun safety legislation must be a national priority." https://twitter.com/janschakowsky/status/914902118947000322 (twitter.com)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WftDb2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While I support the inclusion of a public option and have introduced H.R. 265, the Public Option Deficit Reduction Act, Obamacare has expanded coverage to 18 million Americans, ensured people with pre-existing conditions can get insurance, ended underwriting that increased premiums to people with chronic conditions and women, and lowered drug costs for millions of seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare')? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WftDb2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We’re still fighting to #ProtectOurCare. The @SenateGOP is working hard to pass the worst version of #Trumpcare we’ve ever seen." https://twitter.com/janschakowsky/status/910188215604301825 (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A wall does not fix our broken immigration system. It does not address the root causes of migration across our southern border. And it will cost American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars." https://schakowsky.house.gov/press-releases/schakowsky-statement-on-president-trumps-nativist-executive-order-on-immigration/ (schakowsky.house.gov)
  • "President Trump’s ‘wall’ would be nothing but 1,000 mile embarrassment that costs taxpayers 18 billion dollars. Let’s focus on giving #Dreamers the peace of mind they deserve by passing the #DREAMAct instead." https://twitter.com/janschakowsky/status/949355541545062400 (twitter.com)
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

  • "We need a vote on the #DREAMAct NOW. #DREAMers deserve our support." https://twitter.com/janschakowsky/status/912768111841038336 (twitter.com)
  • "I support comprehensive immigration reform that allows undocumented people to earn citizenship." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WjP0HWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.WftDb2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6387/jan-schakowsky#.WjP4Bme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6387/jan-schakowsky#.WjP4Bme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe states should have the right to determine the legality of marijuana use, and I recently cosponsored a bill to remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances. The war on drugs has been a failure and current U.S. marijuana policies are causing more harm than good." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/756849/schakowsky-statement-on-protecting-state-marijuana-laws#.WjP4U2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred 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

  • "The Iran Deal was a great triumph of diplomacy and an enormous step forward in preventing a nuclear armed Iran. Pulling out of the agreement now would be a grave mistake with enormous consequences. Maintaining our commitment to the JCPOA will allow us to continue our vigilant oversight of Iran's nuclear ambitions. In this letter, more than 180 of my Democratic colleagues and I are unequivocally telling President Trump that this is our best path forward to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Our national security and the security of our Middle Eastern allies depend on it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200334/schakowsky-calls-on-president-trump-to-recertify-iran-nuclear-agreement/#.WnTNUnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating, "Few decisions are more needing of debate than a move to launch attacks, or declare war, on a nuclear-armed state such as North Korea. Military action against North Korea was considered by the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations, but all ultimately determined there was no military option that would not run the unacceptable risk of a counter-reaction from Pyongyang. This reaction could immediately threaten the lives of as many as a third of the South Korean population, put nearly 30,000 U.S. service members and over 100,000 other U.S. citizens residing in South Korea in grave danger, and also threaten other regional allies such as Japan." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1168883/letter-to-donald-trump-president-of-the-united-states-congressional-authorization-for-use-of-military-force/#.WnTMvHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a country and as a Congress, we need to fully debate how we use military force in the Middle East. […] We face a different world than we did in 2001, one with intricacies and complexities that require a new debate and a new AUMF." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162995/schakowsky-statement-on-opposition-to-the-national-defense-authorization-act/?search=middle%20east#.WjP5JGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The President reiterated that any additional American troops will not have a combat role on the ground. […] I deeply appreciate the Administration's outreach to me and other members of Congress on this issue, and I look forward to the opportunity to further collaborate with my colleagues to meet the ISIS threat in a responsible and effective manner." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/931222/schakowsky-statement-in-response-to-presidents-speech-on-isis/?search=Islamic%20state#.WjP5eWe3wfI (votesmart.org)

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Illinois Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage 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.

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

Women should be able to make their own decisions whether and when to have children. I am a co-author of the Each Woman Act to end the Hyde Amendment restrictions.

YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

I am a co-author of the People's Budget to reduce defense spending and target it efficiently. I introduced the Fairness in Taxation Act to create a 45% tax rate on income over $1M per year, 49% in income over $1B per year

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose Citizens United, support full disclosure, and am a cosponsor of H.R. 20, the Government of the People Act

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

I support criminal justice reform and am a cosponsor of the bipartisan Sentence Reform Act, H.R. 3713

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesInferred Answer Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations
  • Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the payroll tax cut and the tax credits expanded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the child tax credit and the earned income tax credits) together would keep more than 2 million Americans above the poverty line and reduce the severity of poverty for 19 million more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/577264/schakowsky-statement-on-voting-for-the-tax-relief-unemployment-insurance-reauthorization-and-job-creation-act-of-2010#.VY3L0XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

Federal investment initiatives like green energy, repairing pipes and bridges, and safe drinking water create good jobs and help our economy. I support targeted tax reduction - such as expanded child care and EITC tax credits - but I do not support "trickle down" tax policies that reduce taxes for the wealthy and profitable corporations. I also support targeted tax incentives - for example, I am a cosponsor of H.R. 3733, to provide tax credits for renewable energy.

YesInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "I support strong standards for our educational system but believe that No Child Left Behind needs to be substantially overhauled, and that teachers must play a significant role in any education reform we do." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGgHHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Race to the Top competition has created an incentive for school districts and local organizations to partner with one another to implement new ideas. A number of people have raised serious questions about certain aspects of the President's agenda for education, such as the move towards charter schools or the use of competitive grants. That said, the Race to the Top program has jumpstarted the national conversation about how to make education work better for this country's children and has already begun to implement real change." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/ (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

I opposed the testing requirements in No Child Left Behind and voted for changes in the new ESEA reauthorization, the Every Student Succeeds Act. My response to the question would depend on what type of education reforms are being required and for which grants.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose fracking. I introduced H.R. 1515, the Safe Hydration is an American Right in Energy Development (SHARED) Act to require testing of groundwater in the vicinity of hydraulic fracturing operations. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1902, the Protect Our Public Lands Act, which would prohibit fracking on public lands.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

I am a cosponsor of H.Res. 540 to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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

I am a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and support common-sense legislation such as expanded background checks and bans on assault weapons.

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

While I support the inclusion of a public option and have introduced H.R. 265, the Public Option Deficit Reduction Act, Obamacare has expanded coverage to 18 million Americans, ensured people with pre-existing conditions can get insurance, ended underwriting that increased premiums to people with chronic conditions and women, and lowered drug costs for millions of seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare.

NoCandidate 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 comprehensive immigration reform that allows undocumented people to earn citizenship.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I am a member of the Equality Caucus. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 197, the Responsible Marriage Act, to guarantee marriage equality. I am also a cosponsor of H.R. 3185, the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination in the workplace and in other parts of our society.

YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • "By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/610696/#.VY3S_HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6387/jan-schakowsky/#.VYGo8XUVikp (votesmart.org)
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

If targeting means pursuing them, yes. I oppose drone strikes outside of theaters of conflict. I was active in mustering votes for the Iran Deal in Congress, preferring always diplomacy over military force.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Social Security is the bedrock of retirement security--providing the majority of income for 2 out of 3 retirees and more than 90% for 1 in 3. I have introduced H.Res. 393, expressing support for protecting and expanding Social Security's earned benefits, while securing its long-term future in a fair and responsible manner.

Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Within many of the categories provided, I support increases in some areas and cuts in others

Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

We need to stop providing tax incentives to companies that offshore jobs and profits

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.

I am focused on making sure that we have an economy that works for all, not just the wealthiest few; addressing climate change; and enhancing retirement security by protecting and expanding Social Security and Medicare and providing assistance for long-term care.

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