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Katie McGinty's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Katie McGinty 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

  • "We need to make sure that women have access to [...] health services at all times because their most personal decisions about healthcare and family planning should be just that -- personal and private." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042878/issue-position-standing-up-for-womens-rights#.VtYQ87IrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • “I stand with Whole Woman's Health in the Supreme Court fight to protect legal and safe abortion.” https://www.facebook.com/katiemcgintypa (www.facebook.com)
  • “I stand with Whole Woman's Health in the Supreme Court fight to protect legal and safe abortion.” https://www.facebook.com/katiemcgintypa (www.facebook.com)
  • "We need to make sure that women have access to [...] health services at all times because their most personal decisions about healthcare and family planning should be just that -- personal and private." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042878/issue-position-standing-up-for-womens-rights#.VtYQ87IrIfl (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

  • “It is time to level the playing field and close tax loopholes that allow U.S. companies to avoid paying their share of taxes by claiming on paper they conduct business overseas when a majority of their business remains in the U.S.”http://katiemcginty.com/BringBackManufacturing/ (katiemcginty.com)
  • “It is time to level the playing field and close tax loopholes that allow U.S. companies to avoid paying their share of taxes by claiming on paper they conduct business overseas when a majority of their business remains in the U.S.”http://katiemcginty.com/BringBackManufacturing/ (katiemcginty.com)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We spend more on corrections than on colleges in the commonwealth. I would support a step back to think about how we've gotten here.” https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA?ref_src=twsrc (twitter.com)
  • “We have kids going to jail for a small amount of marijuana but Wall Street execs who defrauded our country stayed out of prison.” https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA?ref_src=twsrc (twitter.com)
  • “We spend more on corrections than on colleges in the commonwealth. I would support a step back to think about how we've gotten here.” https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA?ref_src=twsrc (twitter.com)
  • “We have kids going to jail for a small amount of marijuana but Wall Street execs who defrauded our country stayed out of prison.” https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA?ref_src=twsrc (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Katie supports expanding opportunities in clean energy so we can create jobs while protecting the environment. When Katie was DEP Secretary, Pennsylvania was a leader in clean energy jobs and she will make us a leader in wind and solar once again." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/870660/issue-position-energy-and-jobs#.VtYPFrIrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • “By investing in basic R&D, skilled job training, and nurturing start-up tech businesses, we can reclaim our competitive edge in manufacturing and development.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042870/issue-position-creating-jobs-and-growing-the-economy#.V32H-nVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Katie supports expanding opportunities in clean energy so we can create jobs while protecting the environment. When Katie was DEP Secretary, Pennsylvania was a leader in clean energy jobs and she will make us a leader in wind and solar once again." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/870660/issue-position-energy-and-jobs#.VtYPFrIrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • “By investing in basic R&D, skilled job training, and nurturing start-up tech businesses, we can reclaim our competitive edge in manufacturing and development.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042870/issue-position-creating-jobs-and-growing-the-economy#.V32H-nVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “It is time to level the playing field and close tax loopholes that allow U.S. companies to avoid paying their share of taxes by claiming on paper they conduct business overseas when a majority of their business remains in the U.S.”http://katiemcginty.com/BringBackManufacturing/ (katiemcginty.com)
  • “It is time to level the playing field and close tax loopholes that allow U.S. companies to avoid paying their share of taxes by claiming on paper they conduct business overseas when a majority of their business remains in the U.S.”http://katiemcginty.com/BringBackManufacturing/ (katiemcginty.com)
Yes Inferred 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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In the Senate, I will lead the way to a healthier and safer environment by w'orking to pass commonsense climate protections with investments in energy efficiency and clean energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042874/issue-position-expanding-energy-opportunities-and-protecting-the-environment#.VtYRq7IrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "The science is clear and the stakes couldn't be higher. It's time to elect a Senator who will #ActOnClimate [...]" https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA/status/702160934580723712 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I applaud President Obama's decision to move forward to limit gun violence and its devastating effects on our communities.” http://katiemcginty.com/statement-gun-violence/ (katiemcginty.com)
  • “At today's event, McGinty called on elected leaders and Senator Pat Toomey to pass commonsense legislation this week to prevent suspected terrorists from being able to purchase firearms.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1100443/philadelphians-killed-injured-in-orlando-shooting#.V32JEnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "@SenToomey if you really care about families, stand up for families and actually support the Affordable Care Act." https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA/status/700829524540325888 (twitter.com)
  • "Katie McGinty will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Katie will also work to create a healthcare exchange specific to Pennsylvania rather than rely on a one-size-fits-all approach through the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/870663/issue-position-health-care#.VtYOhbIrIfl (votesmart.org)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Katie McGinty strongly supports legislation to allow marriage equality in Pennsylvania---so all Pennsylvanians are allowed to marry the person they love." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/870658/issue-position-civil-rights#.VtYPtLIrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "In the Senate, I will be a strong voice for equality, and work to strengthen hate crime reporting, expand access to healthcare and housing for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, eliminate barriers to adoption and parenthood, and end tolerance for discrimination in all forms.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1086532/mcginty-statement-on-lgbt-pride-month#.V32J6HVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • "As your Senator, I will oppose any effort to privatize Social Security and work to ensure that Social Security benefits keep pace with inflation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042879/issue-position-protecting-social-security-and-medicare#.VtYRT7IrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • “We stand for preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare.” https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA?ref_src=twsrc (twitter.com)

Key

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.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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