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Jan Schakowsky's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 9, Democratic
Jan Schakowsky has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Illinois Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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

I believe each woman should be free to make decisions about her own health based on her own situation, including whether and when to have a family. I support access to the full range of reproductive health services, including maternity care, contraception and abortion. I am a leader in the House Pro-Choice Caucus and a co-author of the Each Woman Act to end Hyde amendment restrictions.

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

I am a co-author of the People's Budget to reduce defense spending and target it more efficiently, and to ask those who can afford to do so (millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations) to contribute their fair share of taxes. I introduced the Fairness in Taxation Act to create a 45% tax rate on annual income over $1 million a year, 49% on income over $1 billion. I have also sponsored legislation, the Patriot Employer Act, to end tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs and profits and, instead, reward companies that invest in America.

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

As a vice-chair of the House Democracy Reform Task Force, I believe money in politics -- including dark money -- is having an extremely negative effect and preventing enactment of policies that would benefit children, working women and men, and retirees. I oppose the Citizens United decision and support legislation to require disclosure of funding spent to influence elections. I also believe that we need to take an aggressive approach to end foreign interference in our elections and remove barriers to voting.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoInferred Answer Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
Other or expanded principles

Federal investment initiatives like green energy, repairing pipes and bridges, and providing safe drinking water create good jobs and help our economy. It also allows us to ensure workers share in the benefits. Experience shows the across-the-board lowering taxes for corporations all too often results in stock buybacks and higher CEO compensation, not increases in workers' wages and benefits or significant investments in national priorities. While I support targeted tax incentives -- for example, tax credits to promote renewable energy -- I do not support "trickle-down" tax policies that mostly just reduce taxes for the wealthy and profitable corporations.

YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
Other or expanded principles

While I believe there is a federal role in promoting public education, assisting teachers, and improving neighborhood schools, 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.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

Climate change is one of the biggest environmental, economic and national security challenges we face. I oppose the Trump Administration's actions to roll back existing policies. I am a cosponsor of the 100 by '50 Act and the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, each of which would aggressively reduce carbon emissions, and set a timeline to eliminate them altogether and move to 100% use of clean, renewable energy.

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 believe we need to build on the foundation of the ACA to lower prescription drug prices, make access to health care affordable and add a public option, Obamacare has expanded coverage, ensured that people with pre-existing conditions can get insurance, ended the practice of charging higher prices to people with chronic conditions and women, and prohibited annual and lifetime limits on benefits. I strongly oppose actions by the Trump Administration and Republican Congress to erode those protections.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
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

Immigration enormously benefits the 9th Congressional District and the entire nation, and I strongly oppose the Trump Administration's policies: separating families at the border, holding families in lengthy detention, attempting to end DACA, denying temporary protected status, turning refugees away and sending people back to horrific circumstances. Immigrants built our nation. Welcoming immigrants who want to participate in the American dream and contribute to our economy is fundamental to who we are. I support comprehensive immigrant reform that reflects those values -- allows undocumented to earn citizenship, keeps families together, and maintains America as a safe haven.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles

I am a cosponsor of the Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act.

NoInferred Answer Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • 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)
NoInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
Other or expanded principles

We must reduce -- and hopefully eliminate -- the existence of nuclear weapons. I believe diplomacy is always the preferred option over military force, which is why I was a leader in mustering votes for the Iran nuclear deal in Congress and so strongly oppose President Trump's decision to pull out of that agreement. I believe that any military intervention in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East requires Congressional approval through a specific and time-limited authorization for the use of military force (AUMF).

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.

We must create good jobs with good wages, investing in national priorities such as green energy, education, access to broadband and transportation. We must reduce health care costs to families, businesses and taxpayers (by, for example, lowering the price of prescription drugs) and use savings to expand coverage. We should create a comprehensive long-term care policy and help those who provide caregiving to children, adults and aging loved ones. Instead of providing huge tax breaks to the wealthiest 1%, we can fund those initiatives through fair tax policies that ask those who can to contribute to those national priorities.

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