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Carol Shea-Porter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NH) - District 1, Democratic
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Carol Shea-Porter has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The fact is that under current law, no federal funding can be used for abortions, except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. This policy is known as the Hyde Amendment, and the Affordable Care Act follows this provision. H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, was not about prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being spent on abortions. This legislation was an attempt by Republican politicians to dictate how people with private insurance plans spend their own money." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "Roe v. Wade stands as a milestone for women's health and their right to privacy. In recent years, state-level restrictions on women's access to reproductive health care has threatened to erode the longstanding protections established by Roe v. Wade. We must preserve and protect a woman's right to make her own decisions without government interference." (
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 will not accept a plan that asks small businesses and the middle class to pay more without first asking America's millionaires and multi-billion-dollar corporations to pay their fair share. If we close loopholes for millionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas, we can do more to strengthen the middle class, invest in America's economic future, and reduce the deficit." (
  • "Madam Speaker, Republicans are holding tax cuts for the middle class hostage as they try to extend tax cuts for millionaires. They say letting tax cuts for the very wealthy expire will hurt small businesses. It is just not true. Ninety-seven percent of small businesses would see no tax increase under the Democratic plan. If the Republicans think they are talking about small businesses, they are truly out of touch." (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.786 "Amending the Estate Tax" (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "One effective way to create and keep jobs in New Hampshire is to invest in our workforce." (
  • "The men and women at the Shipyard are essential to our national defense and contribute $660 million to the region's economy. Continuing the cuts of sequestration is unfair to these men and women, and it is a deeply misguided approach." (
  • "Granite Staters roundly rejected Paul Ryan and his budget in the last election, but instead of working across the aisle on real solutions, Ryan and Washington Republicans doubled down on some of their worst ideas, like turning Medicare into a voucher program, giving millionaires a tax break while raising taxes on the middle class, cutting student aid, Meals on Wheels, and medical research, slashing Medicaid and jeopardizing nursing home care, going after funding that helps children, and undermining investments in job creation." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.4438 "American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014" (
  • "This year, I introduced the Reward and Encourage New Business (RENEW) Act, legislation to permanently double the tax deduction for new businesses." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This legislation is a huge giveaway to a foreign based oil company. As it stands, it will ensure that the United States will bear all of the risks of the Keystone XL pipeline with barely any reward. Instead of rushing to expedite this process, we should be making sure that steps are in place to ensure that the United States is compensated for the costs of maintaining the pipeline and cleaning up the inevitable spills." (
  • Voted against H.R.5682 "To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
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

  • "I firmly believe there should be an Apollo-type program to advance renewable energy and slow down climate change." (
  • "Clean energy is already playing a role in New Hampshire's economy. In New Hampshire, renewable energy generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources increased more than 35 percent since 2009." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our state acting alone is clearly not enough, and that is why I was also happy the Supreme Court upheld the rule that EPA can regulate cross state pollution." (
  • "The fact is that the government does have an important role to play in stopping climate change. I support the current Clean Power Plan that will fight climate change by cutting carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30% below 2005 baseline levels by 2030. These limits will not only protect our environment, they will also safeguard our health, and spur innovation in the clean energy economy." (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The easiest step should be to require background checks for gun sales. This means gun sales involving most private sales, too. The majority of Americans support this plan. We also need to make sure that critical information is available when there is a background check. Records now are too often incomplete, and do not identify a buyer's criminal history or a dangerous mental illness." (
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "It is time to end high-capacity magazine sales. It used to be that citizens had a chance to get away from a shooter when he had to stop to reload. But with high-capacity magazines, the killer can just keep firing away a lot longer, murdering many more innocent folks. Hunters do not need to fire 30 rounds, and neither do citizens exercising their right to defend themselves. I support banning magazines holding more than 10 rounds. This will help law enforcement and the public to disarm a mass shooter, and it will give people a better chance to escape a madman." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (
  • "I voted for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has brought coverage to millions of Americans and raised the number of insured to the highest on record." (
  • "The Affordable Care Act has turned a corner in New Hampshire. The rollout was rocky, and I made my frustration well known, but it's great news that 40,262 Granite Staters and over 8 million people nationwide have signed up for private health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's Marketplaces." (
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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" (
  • Signed a letter stating, "We write to urge you to enact legislation that would reform our nation's broken immigration system and ensure a reformed system includes robust protections for U.S. and foreign workers. We strongly support key reform elements that include: 1) broad and humane treatment of the 11 million aspiring Americans, including DREAMers, and an earned path to citizenship making it possible for them to fully integrate into the nation's social and economic fabric" (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "Today, our country took a historic step forward. I was proud to add my name to an amicus brief in this landmark case on the unconstitutionality of DOMA, and I am elated that all married Americans will be entitled to equal treatment under the law." (
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I despise the group, ISIL, and I support air strikes and arming some, such as the competent and reliable Kurds, but I joined 71 Republicans and 85 Democrats to vote against arming and training the so-called Syrian "moderates' because, after attending many briefings, I don't believe that we have the necessary level of support we need from allies in the region who should be standing up to this threat, I don't believe that we can properly identify the recruits to determine if they are trustworthy and won't turn on us and our allies using our own weapons, and I don't believe that we should step into the Shia-Sunni and other battles and into a civil war where allegiances shift and groups unite and divide constantly." (
  • "I support air strikes, but I do not support American boots on the ground. President Obama is right about building a coalition. I believe countries in that region need to provide money and troops to fight ISIS, and there needs to be political reconciliation between Iraqis if they are to defeat this dangerous group. We also need to pursue those who are traveling to these regions from other countries to fight for ISIS. " (
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

  • "Shea-Porter's work to preserve and strengthen Social Security and Medicare for seniors, as well as her fight against privatization schemes or cuts to these earned benefits, confirm her commitment to improving the quality of life for older Americans." (
  • Rated 97% by the Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "While I am open to proposals that make Social Security stronger and extend its solvency, I will not accept a budget that takes from Social Security beneficiaries without first asking America's millionaires and multi-billion-dollar corporations to pay their fair share. " (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

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