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Kirsten Gillibrand's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (NY) - Jr, Democratic
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for President
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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

  • "A woman’s ability to access affordable reproductive health care is a basic right. Kirsten is committed to protecting and defending women's access to the full range of reproductive health care services. She will always push back against the efforts of those who seek to restrict women's reproductive freedom. Her work has earned her a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. " https://kirstengillibrand.com/values/ (kirstengillibrand.com)
  • "A woman’s ability to access affordable reproductive health care is a basic right. Kirsten is committed to protecting and defending women's access to the full range of reproductive health care services. She will always push back against the efforts of those who seek to restrict women's reproductive freedom. Her work has earned her a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. " https://kirstengillibrand.com/values/ (kirstengillibrand.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

  • "The Republican tax plan is an abomination—nothing but a massive giveaway to corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Time is running out before the final vote on this plan, so please make sure to keep up the pressure. Contact your Senators and tell them to vote NO." https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/943178474403004416 (twitter.com)
  • "If Republicans could give $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest among us, why can’t we invest a similar amount in a guaranteed jobs plan for regular Americans who are unemployed and willing to work to better their local community?" https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/986268532244733952 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

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  • "I will no longer accept donations from corporate PACs, and I wanted to share why I’ve made that decision. I hope you’ll join me in doing everything we can to fight to reform our broken campaign finance system." https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/963478930911997952 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Strongly agree w/Pres. Obama's call for investment in our infrastructure to get our economy moving & create #jobs:" https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/317731843967438848 (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If Republicans could give $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest among us, why can’t we invest a similar amount in a guaranteed jobs plan for regular Americans who are unemployed and willing to work to better their local community?" https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/986268532244733952 (twitter.com)
  • "The Republican tax plan is an abomination—nothing but a massive giveaway to corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Time is running out before the final vote on this plan, so please make sure to keep up the pressure. Contact your Senators and tell them to vote NO." https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/943178474403004416 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If our public education fails, then America fails, and I do not believe Mrs. DeVos shares my commitment to a strong public education system." https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/824005135781285889 (twitter.com)
  • "Kirsten Gillibrand Retweeted Axios America cannot afford to shortchange the future. Instead of gutting our public schools, we should commit to building the best public education system in the world." https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/973253804811522048 (twitter.com)
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

  • "The United States must be a leader is reducing our dependence on fossil fuels by investing in renewable and sustainable technologies that will power our economy for years to come. " https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/environment (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • "The United States must be a leader is reducing our dependence on fossil fuels by investing in renewable and sustainable technologies that will power our economy for years to come. " https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/environment (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Senator Gillibrand is focused on strengthening the environmental standards that protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. She has fought to clean up the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, as well as protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species. She has also fought hard against efforts to undermine standards that require polluters to reduce their carbon emissions and toxic air pollution, and is working to ensure that harmful contaminants, including PFOA, are removed from our drinking water. She led a bipartisan the effort in the Senate to ban harmful microbeads that threaten the health of our lakes and oceans." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/environment (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Gillibrand is focused on strengthening the environmental standards that protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. She has fought to clean up the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, as well as protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species. She has also fought hard against efforts to undermine standards that require polluters to reduce their carbon emissions and toxic air pollution, and is working to ensure that harmful contaminants, including PFOA, are removed from our drinking water. She led a bipartisan the effort in the Senate to ban harmful microbeads that threaten the health of our lakes and oceans." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/environment (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Senator Gillibrand’s Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act addresses gun trafficking at every level by making it illegal to traffic or assist in the trafficking of a firearm, making it unlawful to deliver or receive two or more firearms where the individual knows or has reason to believe that the firearms are being, or will be, used in a felony. By going after straw-purchasers who buy a gun for someone else to help them evade required recordkeeping and background checks, corrupt gun dealers who sell firearms to traffickers, and persons who conspire with and organize gun trafficking rings, this legislation addresses firearms trafficking at every point of the chain." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/gun-reform (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Gillibrand supports universal background checks for every gun sale regardless of where the sale takes place and does not believe that sellers should be able to proceed with a sale without a completed background check. Background checks are a common sense way to decrease gun violence and ensure that firearms do not get into the hands of those who are prohibited from having them." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/gun-reform (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Gillibrand supports closing the temporary restraining order loophole by preventing individuals subject to a temporary restraining order from purchasing or possessing a firearm for the duration of the temporary restraining order, and also supports closing the dating violence loophole by expanding the definition of intimate partner to include a current or former dating partner." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/gun-reform (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Gillibrand strongly opposes efforts to eliminate gun silencers from the requirements of the National Firearms Act." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/gun-reform (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Gillibrand’s Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act addresses gun trafficking at every level by making it illegal to traffic or assist in the trafficking of a firearm, making it unlawful to deliver or receive two or more firearms where the individual knows or has reason to believe that the firearms are being, or will be, used in a felony. By going after straw-purchasers who buy a gun for someone else to help them evade required recordkeeping and background checks, corrupt gun dealers who sell firearms to traffickers, and persons who conspire with and organize gun trafficking rings, this legislation addresses firearms trafficking at every point of the chain." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/gun-reform (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Gillibrand supports universal background checks for every gun sale regardless of where the sale takes place and does not believe that sellers should be able to proceed with a sale without a completed background check. Background checks are a common sense way to decrease gun violence and ensure that firearms do not get into the hands of those who are prohibited from having them." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/gun-reform (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Gillibrand supports closing the temporary restraining order loophole by preventing individuals subject to a temporary restraining order from purchasing or possessing a firearm for the duration of the temporary restraining order, and also supports closing the dating violence loophole by expanding the definition of intimate partner to include a current or former dating partner." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/gun-reform (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Gillibrand strongly opposes efforts to eliminate gun silencers from the requirements of the National Firearms Act." https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/gun-reform (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "America does not just tolerate immigration; it thrives on the contributions of immigrants. Kirsten supports comprehensive immigration reform that gives immigrants a path to earned citizenship; and she will stand up on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who deserve to stay in this country by supporting the DREAM Act." https://kirstengillibrand.com/values/ (kirstengillibrand.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "But the president and his irresponsible enablers in Congress refuse to take yes for an answer. They want to hold our country hostage for a taxpayer funded, ineffective border wall that the president promised that Mexico will pay for." https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/954405903490605057 (twitter.com)
  • "Once again, @realDonaldTrump is threatening to shutdown the government for his wasteful, taxpayer-funded border wall. Instead of dangling threats to hold our country hostage, how about taking action to reunite hundreds of kids who remain separated from their parents?" https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/1024791701943209986 (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

  • "Kirsten supports comprehensive immigration reform that gives immigrants a path to earned citizenship; and she will stand up on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who deserve to stay in this country by supporting the DREAM Act." https://kirstengillibrand.com/values/ (kirstengillibrand.com)
  • "Kirsten supports comprehensive immigration reform that gives immigrants a path to earned citizenship; and she will stand up on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who deserve to stay in this country by supporting the DREAM Act." https://kirstengillibrand.com/values/ (kirstengillibrand.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "You cannot discuss criminal justice reform without talking about decriminalizing marijuana. It is a moral and a social justice issue." https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/979856066258374657 (twitter.com)
  • "We need to end the federal prohibition and ensure marijuana is available to anyone who needs it. Criminalization has to end." https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/988179102166380550 (twitter.com)
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

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  • 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

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

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