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Kurt Schrader's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • "With a 100% pro-choice voting record from Planned Parenthood, Kurt is committed to protecting reproductive rights for all Oregonians." (kurtschrader.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We, the undersigned members of Congress, urge you to reject a policy agenda that would harm women, starting with your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than encouraging and rewarding growth, innovation, and education, this bill doles out major tax breaks to the wealthiest in our country rather than to the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why Kurt voted against the 2017 partisan Republican tax bill that reduced taxes for the wealthy and large multinational corporations permanently, adding $2 trillion to the debt and deficit while leaving individuals and small businesses at risk." (kurtschrader.com)
  • Rated 80% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Schrader is a cosponsor of H.J.Res.107, introduced by Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-7), which would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit the federal government from spending more than it receives in any given fiscal year, except in the cases of war or recession. Unlike the amendment brought to the floor today, Rep. Murphy's amendment protects services like Social Security and Medicare, and provides more flexibility to Congress to respond to recessions and natural disasters" (votesmart.org)
  • "Since Citizens United, our elections have been flooded with outrageous amounts of money. It’s long past time we give that power back to the people. That’s why in 2010, Kurt introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and has led the fight ever since to give Congress the power to regulate campaign contributions." (kurtschrader.com)
  • Endored by End Citizens United (votesmart.org)
  • "The amendment would give Congress the ability to regulate campaign contributions to candidates running for federal office as well as how they spend their funds on advertisements." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "America is currently facing numerous unprecedented challenges and we are relying upon our first responders, including police to help keep us safe. It is unacceptable to have minority communities across America feel alienated from our own criminal justice system. I believe that continuing to reform the criminal justice system as we began to do last Congress is key to helping law enforcement do their job in a way that instills confidence in the equitable distribution of justice in America." (votesmart.org)
  • "DOD’s budget is incredibly bloated after decades of war." (schrader.house.gov)
  • "It's just irresponsible and rash to add $54 billion more to our defense spending when we already have $125 billion in the Pentagon's budget that can be spent more resourcefully." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our infrastructure is desperate for new federal investments and it is a no-brainer to use these already collected funds to improve our harbors at no additional cost to the American taxpayers," said Rep. Schrader. I have long championed this legislation and it is high time that these funds are used for their intended purpose." (votesmart.org)
  • "Since 2013, Kurt has worked with a bipartisan coalition for a Balanced Budget bill, which would trim the deficit by more than $4 trillion over ten years, to decrease our staggering debt." (kurtschrader.com)
  • "We could have worked out a tax plan that helps working families and small businesses rather than the wealthy and big corporations." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than encouraging and rewarding growth, innovation, and education, this bill doles out major tax breaks to the wealthiest in our country rather than to the middle class. And instead of fairness for cash-strapped small businesses, this bill is a big win for larger corporations. This is irresponsible legislation that's going to hurt our economic future and continue to drive the socioeconomic imbalance even further apart." (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why Kurt voted against the 2017 partisan Republican tax bill that reduced taxes for the wealthy and large multinational corporations permanently, adding $2 trillion to the debt and deficit while leaving individuals and small businesses at risk." (kurtschrader.com)
  • "The CARES Act will designate hundreds of billions of dollars to our health care workers for desperately needed personal protective equipment, ventilators and will allocate funds to study and combat the Coronavirus. Lower- and middle-income Americans will receive direct cash assistance to help them with daily expenses during this uncertain time. Finally, as a long-time small business owners, I understand the unique challenge that this time has presented to small businesses owners. The CARES Act allocated $350 billion dollars in completely forgivable loans so that businesses can continue to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "I was proud to support the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces the flawed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Congress has finally succeeded in adopting an ESEA that rewards students' progress rather than setting arbitrary benchmarks that set our students, teachers and schools up for failure." (votesmart.org)
  • "At a time when state budgets are tight, it is important to make sure the quality of our children’s education is sustained. A consistent investment in our education workforce is critical to the success of our public school system and to the future of economic competitiveness. I was proud to support the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces the flawed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Congress has finally succeeded in adopting an ESEA that rewards students' progress rather than setting arbitrary benchmarks that set our students, teachers and schools up for failure." (schrader.house.gov)
  • "I also believe a strong investment in renewable energy is a key component of reversing global climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government needs to make a strong investment in renewable sources of fuel that have the capacity to create thousands of new jobs and move our nation towards energy independence." (votesmart.org)
  • "Kurt understands that climate change requires action on a global and local scale. That’s why Kurt supports rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement." (kurtschrader.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I support significant increases in fuel efficiency standards and strong reduction requirements for carbon emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Indeed, according to the brief, the Supreme Court has already affirmed that the EPA has clear authority to combat carbon pollution and regulate greenhouse gasses under Massachusetts v. EPA and American Electric Power v. Connecticut." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "As a lifelong gun owner, Kurt supports the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, but that right must come with responsibilities. This is why he is fighting for common sense legislation to prevent gun violence, including ensuring that those convicted of domestic abuse (whether against a spouse, domestic partner, or family member) cannot purchase a firearm. He also supports a national universal background check like the one used in Oregon." (kurtschrader.com)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (votesmart.org)
  • "There are common sense, bipartisan steps that we can take to curb & prevent this from continuing to happen. We can start with background checks, holding hearings on gun violence, and conducting federal research into this epidemic." (twitter.com)
  • "Rep. Schrader has firmly opposed the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, voting against the House version of the bill in April, after a 27-hour marathon markup of the bill in his Energy and Commerce Committee." (votesmart.org)
  • "No one should have to worry about going bankrupt because they cannot afford to pay for the medical care they need. That is why Kurt has worked to defend and strengthen the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which has increased the number of Americans with health coverage." (kurtschrader.com)
  • Rated 86% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I think this wall is a stupid idea and a rip off for the American taxpayer." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Numbers USA. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Numbers USA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Dreamers have a lot more to contribute to our country. We can't let anti-immigrant rhetoric run our nation’s immigration policy. #DACAworks" (twitter.com)
  • "The Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, grew up here and share our common American goals. They are scholars and job creators, artists, and activists. They enrich our country, but most of all, the United States is their home, and they should be allowed to remain." (kurtschrader.com)
  • "I respectfully disagree with those that think that refusing any deal whatsoever preserves the status quo--that Iran would continue to refrain from developing a nuclear weapon and that all current sanctions would remain in place. I believe strongly, based on both classified and non-classified information, that if the U.S. were the sole party to reject this deal then Iran would be free to immediately begin developing a nuclear weapon. Additionally, a nuclear arms race would begin in the Gulf States, our remaining diplomatic partners would continue to lift their sanctions against Iran, Israel would be in greater danger, and America's standing as a diplomatic world leader would be irreparably damaged." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a "quick" and "easy" military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "W/o attainable objectives & a clear strategy direct US military action in #Syria is a mistake that will lead to many unforeseen consequences" (twitter.com)
  • "As members of the Congressional Wine Caucus, we write to express our strong concern about U.S. retaliatory tariffs on European wine. These retaliatory tariffs cause economic harm to the thousands of U.S. wineries, exporters, importers, retailers, and restaurants who depend on a vibrant, healthy wine market for their livelihood. Any expansion of these tariffs would further exacerbate the harm already caused." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress and the Trump Administration have succeeded in negotiating and passing a new NAFTA agreement with our two most important trading partners: Canada and Mexico, said Rep. Schrader. "For a trade dependent state like Oregon where much of its agriculture products, manufactured goods, and services are shipped internationally, this is great news. It is just the shot in the arm we need to keep our economy and job growth strong. There have been significant improvements for our farmers, businesses, workers and families that reflect the 21st century global economy. This United States Mexico Canada Agreement promotes more American exports to Canada and Mexico and would truly level the playing field for American workers." (votesmart.org)

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