Card image cap

Bill Foster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (IL) - District 11


Official Position: Candidate addressed this issue directly by taking the Political Courage Test.

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue, but Vote Smart inferred this issue based on the candidate's public record, including statements, voting record, and special interest group endorsements.

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue, or we could not infer an answer for this candidate despite exhaustive research of their public record.

Additional Information: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position, from their answers or Vote Smart's research.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as candidates submit them. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Bill Foster has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2022 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Illinois Congressional Election 2022 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
I believe that decision to have an abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, not controlled by politicians and the government. I believe that Roe vs. Wade is and should remain a matter of settled law. I was proud to cosponsor and vote for the Women?s Health Protection Act, which would codify Roe v. Wade into law. I will oppose any nationwide abortion ban.
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
Our current top tax bracket is 37%, and the wealthy routinely use loopholes to pay far less. During the best days of our capitalist economy in the 40?s, 50?s, and 60?s, important investments in infrastructure and education were supported by much higher tax rates on the very wealthy than we have today. This is an essential element in making an economy that works for everyone. I?m proud to cosponsor the Social Security 2100 Act, which would increase monthly benefits for seniors and shore up the Social Security trust fund by asking the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I cosponsored and voted for H.R. 1, a once-in-a-generation transformation of our country?s election laws to strengthen our democracy. This includes requiring indirect ?dark money? contributions to fully disclose their identity.
No Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
Our economy works best when everybody, including large corporations, pay their fair share. However, as a successful businessman, I understand that it is important that US tax rates do not make the US economy uncompetitive. I support President Biden?s approach of establishing international agreements on minimum corporate tax rates, so that we do not see a ?race to the bottom? on corporate tax rates that encourage companies to relocate offshore.
No Do you support increasing defense spending?
Our country has already built up the strongest military in the world. I support giving our troops the funds they need to keep us safe, but that additional spending should go toward our diplomatic efforts so we can more peacefully resolve conflicts and take care of Americans in need. One of the biggest problems with our military budget is that it contains billions of dollars in obsolete military systems and bases that the Pentagon does not even want, but are inserted to provide jobs for politically connected regions.
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
It has been proven beneficial again and again for the government to provide economic stimulus in a time of crisis. This was needed to end the Great Depression, to reverse the Financial Crisis of 2007, and to heal the financial crisis from the Covid pandemic.Our economy works best when everybody, including large corporations, pay their fair share. However, as a successful businessman, I understand that it is important that US Corporate tax rates do not make the US economy uncompetitive. I support President Biden?s approach of establishing international agreements on minimum corporate tax rates.
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
States should be allowed some flexibility in their curriculum, such as teaching about the state?s history or geography. However, all American children deserve to learn the truth about science, including evolution, and comprehensive sex education regardless of the political agenda of their school board.
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Climate change is no longer a distant threat; we are seeing the effects now with increased flooding, drought, wildfire, and tornadoes. We owe it to our children to act boldly now and leave them a liveable planet. Last Congress, I voted for the U.S. to reenter the Paris Climate Agreement, which I was glad to see President Biden do when he entered office. I also voted for the Build Back Better Act, which would have invested over $26 billion in clean energy and other initiatives to save our environment.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Our nation has seen an incredible surge in gun violence, including mass shootings, in recent days and months. We must take common sense steps to prevent these senseless deaths, like requiring all gun purchasers to get background checks and making it illegal to purchase a gun on behalf of someone else who cannot pass a background check. I was proud to cosponsor and vote for the Protect Our Kids Act to implement these and other common sense reforms.
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
I introduced the Pandemic Leave Extension Act, which would have extended paid family and medical leave for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. This provision, after being included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which I supported, unfortunately expired at the end of 2020.
No Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
I have been a supporter of Comprehensive Immigration Reform like the 2013 bill that passed the Senate but was blocked by House Republicans. This bill provided for increased border security and a transition to the rule of law with strong workplace enforcement, while providing a tough but fair path citizenship for long-time residents who paid their taxes, obeyed our laws, and paid a fine. I?m proud to have cosponsored the American Dream and Promise Act, which allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to our country as children, through no fault of their own, to gain a path to citizenship.
Yes Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
Unknown Position Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Far too American soldiers have lost their lives in the ?endless wars? in the Middle East. President Biden?s withdrawal from Afghanistan was too rapid and uncoordinated with the local government, which led the country to fall back into the Taliban?s hands. Though it should have been implemented better, withdrawal was the right thing to do.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
As a businessman who started a company that successfully manufactures in the United States and exports about a third of what it manufactures, I understand the benefits of free trade to the US economy. I opposed the Trump tariffs against China because they were motivated by emotional revenge rather than economic strategy, so they ultimately hurt American farmers, manufacturers, and consumers. Tariffs are most appropriate when they?re well-targeted to protect American small businesses, or as tools to ensure foreign countries are protecting human rights and enforcing environmental and fair labor standards.
My top priorities would be combating the inflation that?s making it harder for working Americans to pay their bills, protecting our environment, and investing in our country?s science research and education infrastructures to ensure we?re an economic powerhouse for generations to come. I was recently appointed to the COMPETES Act Conference Committee, which will find a bipartisan compromise bill to make the U.S. economy more competitive now and for future generations. This will include funding scientific research investments, as well as strengthening the nation?s supply chain, which has been a primary driver of inflation.

Vote Smart does not permit the use of its name or programs in any campaign activity, including advertising, debates, and speeches.