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Bill Foster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 11, Democratic


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Bill Foster has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • "Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak out against the so- called Conscience Protection Act. I proudly represent the 11th District of Illinois. And as someone who supports a woman's right to choose, I find it deeply disturbing that so many lawmakers today want to make healthcare access more difficult for women." (votesmart.org)
  • "I opposed the Republican Tax Plan, because it is a massive Christmas gift to large corporations and wealthy campaign donors that is paid with more than $1 trillion in new debt that our children must repay in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • "When I look at the [Wrong Choice Act] that Republicans are about to ram through on a party-line vote I see all the same forces of mindless deregulation, an over-riding mania for tax cuts for the rich, while stripping protections from ordinary American families, the same refusal to learn the lessons of financial history, and to replace them with alternative facts that fit their ideology." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We respectfully request that you allow for consideration of a constitutional amendment to limit the influence of money in politics in the House Judiciary Committee. These issues are so essential to the health of our democracy and they deserve a full and open debate." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • "So I am proud that the House took action and a step in the right direction with the Justice in Policing Act, which includes key reforms like banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants, mandating the use of body cameras, ending racial and religious profiling by the police, demilitarizing the local police departments, and strengthening accountability measures to hold abusive police officers accountable for their actions." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "This budget agreement is the kind of practical, bipartisan legislation that we need to see more of. While I supported the agreement, I am disappointed that it continues the use of budget gimmicks like the Overseas Contingency Operations fund to funnel money into defense spending outside of the normal appropriations process." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "This budget eliminates critical funding for science, education, and programs that keep Americans safe and healthy. Meanwhile, it will increase the allocation for defense spending on systems and bases the Pentagon does not want or need. It's not an attempt at fiscal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am glad that Congress was finally able to pass a long-term transportation bill This will give our local governments and businesses the certainty they need to make long-term investments." (votesmart.org)
  • "I opposed the Republican Tax Plan, because it is a massive Christmas gift to large corporations and wealthy campaign donors that is paid with more than $1 trillion in new debt that our children must repay in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6074 - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our country must move away from its dependence on fossil fuels, toward a renewable energy economy, and ethanol is a critical component As a scientist and businessman, I believe that policy decisions should be based on the most accurate numbers, and recent analyses show that modern ethanol production is an important tool to preserve our environment and expand our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "What does an optimal energy policy look like? First, there are a large number of energy efficiency improvements and equipment upgrades that reduce Carbon pollution and pay for themselves over the lifetime of the equipment -- in economists' terms, have "Positive Net Present Value" (NPV)." (votesmart.org)
  • "The overwhelming majority of Americans -- Democrats and Republicans -- support common sense measures that would close background check loopholes and prohibit anyone who belongs on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms. These are sensible reforms we should implement immediately for the sake of the well-being and safety of the American people.'' (votesmart.org)
  • "The best way to honor the memory of those we've lost to gun violence is to do what we can to make sure this doesn't keep happening. It's clear that the overwhelming majority of the American people support common sense reforms to limit gun violence in their communities. It's time for Congress to act." (votesmart.org)
  • "For seven years, the Republican Party promised us a better health care plan with lower costs and better coverage. When they failed to live up to their promises, all that President Trump could deliver was a cruel slap in the face to millions of Americans who depend on these payments for lifesaving care. It is blatantly wrong to punish the American people just because the Republicans who control Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, it's time for Congress to work together to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, instead of playing political games with Americans' health and well-being." (votesmart.org)
  • "I was proud to cast my vote against the American Health Care Act. This is the 65th time Republicans have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but now we know what their replacement looks like. It would be an unmitigated disaster for hardworking Americans across this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Southern border wall is a ridiculous use of resources and would only harm our country's role as a leader in democracy and freedom" (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly condemn the construction of a wall with Mexico and any action that provokes fear into the lives of our immigrant communities. This wall is useless and antithetical to the core values of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Reminder: Join me in Aurora tomorrow to discuss the need to #DefendDACA." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 17% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "The DACA program has been incredibly successful. Over half a million young people are currently enrolled in it. They are living examples of the American Dream, the idea that anyone could come here and have a fulfilling and prosperous life regardless of where you come from and where you live." (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot expect the President to create good policies on nuclear weapons if he does not understand that the Iran Nuclear Deal was a success and achieved its goal." (votesmart.org)
  • "As the only PhD physicist in Congress, I supported the Iran Deal after a review of its technical enforceability and its ability to functionally dismantle Iran's nuclear weapons program. It has succeeded in every aspect of what was agreed to and has made the world safer thanks to the broad international coalition that made this deal a reality." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We remain hopeful that with strong U.S. leadership, we can ensure vigorous enforcement of the JCPOA, as well as implementation of non-nuclear and multilateral sanctions, including CAATSA, to keep the american people secure and safeguard American interests." (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm adding my name to the growing list of scientists, engineers and world leaders supporting the Iran deal." (twitter.com)
  • "As a Member of Congress, I have a duty to keep the American people safe. That’s why I voted earlier this month to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran – and why I am voting today to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF. #StopEndlessWar" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "By repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF, Congress can reclaim its constitutional authority regarding war and peace. #StopEndlessWar" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "In all trade negotiations, three things are on the table: Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Financial Services. Bill believes that for decades, the United States was ill-served by trade agreements influenced by special interests and their lobbyists who pushed forward the priorities of Wall Street at the expense of U.S. manufacturers, workers, and farmers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "I support and will vote for the updated USMCA trade agreement that is a major improvement over the unenforceable and deeply flawed deal initially proposed by the Trump Administration. House Democrats negotiated and fought for vital changes, including enhancing enforcement for violations of labor standards, increasing environmental protections, and removing provisions that would have raised the cost of prescription drugs for American families." (votesmart.org)

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