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Brenda Lawrence's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 14, Democratic
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Brenda Lawrence 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, Project 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

  • "Are women's rights not guaranteed by the Constitution just like those of men in this country? This is not about whether you or I have an abortion or whether you or I use IVF. Madam Speakerthis is about a woman's right to choose what is right for them in the privacy of their homes and doctor's office and with their family. This is not about pro-choice or pro-life. This is about religious freedom. This is about government intrusion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990818/disapproval-of-district-of-columbia-reproductive-health-non-discrimination-amendment-act-of-2014/?search=right%20to%20choose#.VaPIpvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/78851/brenda-lawrence/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "Madam SpeakerI ask […] they should vote for better infrastructure instead of attacking women's access to health care." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951483/no-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion-and-abortion-insurance-full-disclosure-act-of-2015#.VaWM4nUVhHw (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

  • "Brenda Lawrence supports the Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) plan for college age students. This legislation would spend $51 billion over the next decade bailing out people who have trouble paying down their student loans, and offsetting that cost by raising taxes on high-income earners." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/900642/#.VaPJEflViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Ryan’s budget cuts middle- and working-class Americans and guts vital programs in favor of tax breaks for Big Oil and big corporations. While millionaires would reap benefits in tax cuts, on average communities of color would once again suffer greatly under the Ryan budget." http://brendalawrence.com/?p=198 (brendalawrence.com)
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, Project 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress has recently passed a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund, but the truth of the matter is that we need a long-term extension to ensure that crucial infrastructure projects can continue. It’s the right thing for safety, job creation, and our environment." http://brendalawrence.com/?p=553 (brendalawrence.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 240 "Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51302#.VaWRsXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZ2kS_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297 (votesmart.org)
  • "I enthusiastically support President Obama's proposal that will secure additional revenue from our nation's wealthiest Americans while rewarding working families with a well-deserved tax cut." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945385/congresswoman-lawrence-gives-president-high-marks-on-state-of-the-union-message#.VaWSLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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, Project 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

  • Voted against H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VZ2mOflViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZ2lKvlViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "While other nations are investing heavily in their renewable manufacturing sectorMichigan must do so as well to ensure that the state remains globally competitive. The Clean Power Plan is an opportunity for Michigan to face climate disruption head on and protect its communities from these most devastating impacts. This policy is historicand though big polluters will likely do everything they can to stop itmomentum is on the side of climate action." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1017560/mlive-clean-power-plan-will-protect-michigan-lives-address-climate-disruption/?search=renewable#.Vku7dmwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Fortunately, over 40 years ago, Congress passed the Clean Air Act to protect public health and the environment." http://democrats.oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/documents/Lawrence%20Opening%20Statement%20--%20EPA%20Hearing%20022615.pdf (democrats.oversight.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is no question that we must actand we must act now. How many times must we watch on national news what uncontrolled gun violence can do to our country?That action must focus on three principles: establish universal background checks; eliminate the gun show loopholes that allow a person to walk in, pick up a gun, and walk out the door; and enforce our existing gun control laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990883/progressive-caucus-addressing-gun-violence#.VaWlIXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/78851/brenda-lawrence/37 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZ2nG_lViko (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "I support the DREAM Act. We are a nation of immigrants, and I support legal paths to obtaining citizenship." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/718398/#.VaPMMPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "No one should be penalized by the government for deciding to spend the rest of their life with another person." http://brendalawrence.com/?p=392 (brendalawrence.com)
  • Signed a letter stating "Bans that exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage undermine several federal safeguards for families that advance important national interests." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
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, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "We absolutely must take care of our senior citizens. Social Security and Medicare are critical to the independence of our senior population." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/718408/issue-position-social-securitymedicare#.VaWpfnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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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 Project 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. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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