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Dwight Evans' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 2, Democratic
Dwight Evans has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 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 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9128/dwight-evans/75 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9128/dwight-evans/75 (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

  • "Their bill H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, does absolutely nothing to move our country forward--it is a bridge to nowhere. I've said it many times before and I'll say it again there is no such thing as a free lunch. It is our most vulnerable who will pay the price under this bait-and-switch tax scam." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1216078/congressman-evans-statement-on-second-vote-to-pass-hr-1-the-gop-tax-scam-of-2017/#.WruSTme3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "Despite concerns expressed about the size of the corporate tax rate, current corporate taxes are extremely low by historical standards, whether measured as a share of output or based on the effective tax rate on income, based on historical CBO research. With the huge drop in the corporate tax rate, my guess is that it will only mean less tax receipts overall. That means cuts to programs like CHIP, SNAP, and education, from the early childhood to the later stages of education." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1216078/congressman-evans-statement-on-second-vote-to-pass-hr-1-the-gop-tax-scam-of-2017/#.WruSTme3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "Their bill H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, does absolutely nothing to move our country forward--it is a bridge to nowhere. I've said it many times before and I'll say it again there is no such thing as a free lunch. It is our most vulnerable who will pay the price under this bait-and-switch tax scam." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1216078/congressman-evans-statement-on-second-vote-to-pass-hr-1-the-gop-tax-scam-of-2017/#.WruSTme3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "Despite concerns expressed about the size of the corporate tax rate, current corporate taxes are extremely low by historical standards, whether measured as a share of output or based on the effective tax rate on income, based on historical CBO research. With the huge drop in the corporate tax rate, my guess is that it will only mean less tax receipts overall. That means cuts to programs like CHIP, SNAP, and education, from the early childhood to the later stages of education." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1216078/congressman-evans-statement-on-second-vote-to-pass-hr-1-the-gop-tax-scam-of-2017/#.WruSTme3wfJ (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219049/letter-to-donald-j-trump-president-of-the-united-states-keep-government-open-include-bipartisan-priorities/#.Wrue02e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219049/letter-to-donald-j-trump-president-of-the-united-states-keep-government-open-include-bipartisan-priorities/#.Wrue02e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? 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

  • "When I started to revitalize Ogontz Avenue, I learned early on that one of the first steps to bringing people back into the community was creating affordable, safe housing and reliable transportation to good jobs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1140080/dwights-plan-to-rebuild-americas-cities#.Wrut82e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Dwight Evans will continue to work in Congress to shift federal funding from highway expansion into exurbs that has drained cities and urban cores and destroyed countless vibrant neighborhoods, and instead promote mass transit that will connect more people with jobs, increase environmental sustainability, further cut dependence on foreign oil, reduce commute times and improve quality of life for more Americans." http://www.dwightevans.com/issues/cityscape-street-infrastructure/ (www.dwightevans.com)
  • "When I started to revitalize Ogontz Avenue, I learned early on that one of the first steps to bringing people back into the community was creating affordable, safe housing and reliable transportation to good jobs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1140080/dwights-plan-to-rebuild-americas-cities#.Wrut82e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Dwight Evans will continue to work in Congress to shift federal funding from highway expansion into exurbs that has drained cities and urban cores and destroyed countless vibrant neighborhoods, and instead promote mass transit that will connect more people with jobs, increase environmental sustainability, further cut dependence on foreign oil, reduce commute times and improve quality of life for more Americans." http://www.dwightevans.com/issues/cityscape-street-infrastructure/ (www.dwightevans.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Despite concerns expressed about the size of the corporate tax rate, current corporate taxes are extremely low by historical standards, whether measured as a share of output or based on the effective tax rate on income, based on historical CBO research. With the huge drop in the corporate tax rate, my guess is that it will only mean less tax receipts overall. That means cuts to programs like CHIP, SNAP, and education, from the early childhood to the later stages of education." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1216078/congressman-evans-statement-on-second-vote-to-pass-hr-1-the-gop-tax-scam-of-2017/#.WruSTme3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "Despite concerns expressed about the size of the corporate tax rate, current corporate taxes are extremely low by historical standards, whether measured as a share of output or based on the effective tax rate on income, based on historical CBO research. With the huge drop in the corporate tax rate, my guess is that it will only mean less tax receipts overall. That means cuts to programs like CHIP, SNAP, and education, from the early childhood to the later stages of education." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1216078/congressman-evans-statement-on-second-vote-to-pass-hr-1-the-gop-tax-scam-of-2017/#.WruSTme3wfJ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "Public schools are the bedrock of our nation's educational system. Not only do they educate our students in order to compete in the global economy, but they also provide important supplemental programming, such as afterschool sports programs that help our students learn and grow. It is clear that public schools play an important role in the physical and cognitive development of our nation's children; however, despite their importance, inadequate funding has led to outdated and unsafe school buildings." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1268138/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-and-the-hon-nancy-pelosi-democratic-leader-of-the-house-invest-federal-funds-for-school-buildings/?search=education#.W3H2W2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "An overreliance on a limited range of fuel technologies and finite resources is shortsighted- our strength lays in our ability to transition to new, cleaner, more sustainable and more innovative sources of energy" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183525/letter-to-the-hon-mike-simpson-chairman-of-the-subcommittee-on-energy-and-water-development-and-related-agencies-the-hon-marcy-kaptur-ranking-member-funding-for-energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy/#.WrupVGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "An overreliance on a limited range of fuel technologies and finite resources is shortsighted- our strength lays in our ability to transition to new, cleaner, more sustainable and more innovative sources of energy" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183525/letter-to-the-hon-mike-simpson-chairman-of-the-subcommittee-on-energy-and-water-development-and-related-agencies-the-hon-marcy-kaptur-ranking-member-funding-for-energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy/#.WrupVGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B.1155 "Establishing a Natural Gas Severance Tax" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32415#.V3vR5XVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.B.1155 "Establishing a Natural Gas Severance Tax" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32415#.V3vR5XVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It’s time Congress recognize that we can stand by the constitutional rights of gun owners yet still take commonsense measures to protect families from gun violence by, and against, juveniles." http://www.dwightevans.com/issues/keeping-communities-safe/ (www.dwightevans.com)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9128/dwight-evans/37#.Wrqsfme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It’s time Congress recognize that we can stand by the constitutional rights of gun owners yet still take commonsense measures to protect families from gun violence by, and against, juveniles." http://www.dwightevans.com/issues/keeping-communities-safe/ (www.dwightevans.com)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9128/dwight-evans/37#.Wrqsfme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Let's stop the games and get something done. We shouldn't have to sacrifice the health and wellness of one population for another; and that is exactly what this divisive GOP bill does. The bill puts healthcare for our children, our families and our seniors at risk by pitting their needs against one another. Healthcare is not a choice, it is a right." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1205975/congressman-evans-message-to-house-gop-on-chip/#.Wrqi1me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Let's stop the games and get something done. We shouldn't have to sacrifice the health and wellness of one population for another; and that is exactly what this divisive GOP bill does. The bill puts healthcare for our children, our families and our seniors at risk by pitting their needs against one another. Healthcare is not a choice, it is a right." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1205975/congressman-evans-message-to-house-gop-on-chip/#.Wrqi1me3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am by no means surprised by the President's decision to repeal DACA, but I am incredibly disheartened to see the Trump Administration turn its back on the DREAMers who were brought to our country when they were children. We are talking about deporting children---who have grown into able and solid young adults who work alongside us, pray with us, pay taxes, and had no say in their parent's decision to come to this country. For this they should not be punished." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190753/congressman-evans-stands-up-for-dreamers#.WruuWGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am by no means surprised by the President's decision to repeal DACA, but I am incredibly disheartened to see the Trump Administration turn its back on the DREAMers who were brought to our country when they were children. We are talking about deporting children---who have grown into able and solid young adults who work alongside us, pray with us, pay taxes, and had no say in their parent's decision to come to this country. For this they should not be punished." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190753/congressman-evans-stands-up-for-dreamers#.WruuWGe3wfI (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

  • "I am by no means surprised by the President's decision to repeal DACA, but I am incredibly disheartened to see the Trump Administration turn its back on the DREAMers who were brought to our country when they were children. We are talking about deporting children---who have grown into able and solid young adults who work alongside us, pray with us, pay taxes, and had no say in their parent's decision to come to this country. For this they should not be punished." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190753/congressman-evans-stands-up-for-dreamers#.WruuWGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am by no means surprised by the President's decision to repeal DACA, but I am incredibly disheartened to see the Trump Administration turn its back on the DREAMers who were brought to our country when they were children. We are talking about deporting children---who have grown into able and solid young adults who work alongside us, pray with us, pay taxes, and had no say in their parent's decision to come to this country. For this they should not be punished." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190753/congressman-evans-stands-up-for-dreamers#.WruuWGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Inquirer"Second, I have long believed [marijuana] should be decriminalized because that is what Mayor Jim Kenney did in the city of Philadelphia, particularity because we were targeting African American males [for arrests]." http://www.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/dwight-evans-pennsylvania-legal-marijuana-ending-federal-marijuana-prohibition-act-20180111.html (www.philly.com)
  • The Inquirer"Second, I have long believed [marijuana] should be decriminalized because that is what Mayor Jim Kenney did in the city of Philadelphia, particularity because we were targeting African American males [for arrests]." http://www.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/dwight-evans-pennsylvania-legal-marijuana-ending-federal-marijuana-prohibition-act-20180111.html (www.philly.com)
No Inferred 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

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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/?search=nuclear#.W3Le22dyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "We refuse to abandon our Constitutional war power responsibilities and demand an actionable response. If Congress does not receive a meaningful response, we stand willing to use all tools at the disposal of the legislative branch to assert these Constitutional authorities, including the possibility of an expedited vote pursuant to the War Powers Resolution on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1165140/letter-to-the-hon-donald-trump-president-of-the-united-states-urging-withdrawal-of-troops-from-syria/?search=middle%20east#.W3LfI2dyIfI (votesmart.org)

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