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Michael Bennet's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (CO) - Sr, Democratic

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Michael Bennet 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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  • “Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet this week with 43 of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate stood up for women's reproductive rights, including the right to safe, legal abortion, and introduced a resolution supporting women's reproductive rights in the U.S.”   (votesmart.org)
  • "KING: […] What about on abortion? BENNET: I don't think there's any reason to change what the long-standing policy has been from the federal government [...]" (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your courage and determination in defeating S.B. 5, a bill that would have severely limited women's reproductive choices in Texas." (votesmart.org)
  • "Later today, the Senate is voting on a 20-week abortion ban, jeopardizing a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. I have voted against this measure in the past, and I will do so again. #NoAbortionBan" (votesmart.org)
  • "”Health care decisions are personal, and women should be empowered to make their own choices based on what they believe is best for them and their families,”" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The IDEA Full Funding Act is fully paid for by increasing income taxes for those with an adjusted gross income greater than $1,000,000 per year." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.2230 "Establishes a Minimum 30 Percent Tax Rate for High-Income Taxpayers" (votesmart.org)
  • “Come on. @realDonaldTrump promised his tax bill would boost incomes by $4,000-$9,000. Instead it was a deficit-busting giveaway to the 1%.” (votesmart.org)
  • “That’s why he fought against the Republican tax plan in 2017 which overwhelmingly benefitted the wealthiest Americans, not the working families in this country who need relief most, and is projected to add nearly $2 trillion to our debt over the first decade.” (www.bennet.senate.gov)
  • Voted in opposition of HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "This comes at no surprise - Trump's tax bill is good for corporate America and bad for everyone else. The president's tax cuts are only succeeding at exacerbating income inequality and leaving hardworking Americans behind." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United." (votesmart.org)
  • “"The Supreme Court fundamentally misapprehended the nature of money in politics, and its decision has unleashed a corruption of inaction in Washington, where elected officials fear that action on issues like gun violence or climate change will lead a super PAC to spend $20 million and end their career," said Bennet. "We need the Democracy for All Amendment to turn the page on Citizens United and reconnect the American people with our government."” (votesmart.org)
  • “The Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC fundamentally changed our nation's campaign finance laws by allowing unlimited and unchecked corporate spending on campaign ads and various other political communications--a decision with which we fervently disagree. However, notwithstanding our disagreement with the Court's holding, the decision clearly recognized shareholder and public interest in the disclosure of political spending. “ (votesmart.org)
  • "Since Citizens United 6 yrs ago, dark-money spending has exploded. We need commonsense changes to campaign finance" (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: “By working together on a bipartisan infrastructure solution, we can boost our economy, create jobs, and position American businesses, small and large, to succeed in the global market.” (votesmart.org)
  • "The road to economic recovery will be long and difficult, but Congress and the President have taken important steps to help working families stave off a prolonged recession. Specifically, we have […] Made the vigorous investments necessary to get our economy moving again. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (P.L.111-5), we have made targeted investments in energy, health care, education, and transportation that will help create jobs and grow our economy. In Colorado, we estimate that the bill will save or create 60,000 jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "I will not support additional spending to stimulate the economy. A public-private partnership that invests in our infrastructure is a good idea but new transportation projects should be fully paid for, not add a single dime to the deficit and paid for with unused Recovery Act dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • “Congress needs to stop operating from one manufactured crisis to another so we can build the infrastructure we need to remain competitive in the 21st century economy." (votesmart.org)
  • “Made the vigorous investments necessary to get our economy moving again. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (P.L.111-5), we have made targeted investments in energy, health care, education, and transportation that will help create jobs and grow our economy. In Colorado, we estimate that the bill will save or create 60,000 jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • "On the phone w/@SecElaineChao today learning Colorado will receive $47 million to improve state infrastructure. Thanks to the work of our communities, grants will help reconstruct North I-25 corridor, increase connectivity to prep for new technology & improve roads & broadband." (votesmart.org)
  • "Michael is fighting to strengthen the middle class by building the most innovative economy in the world. He recognizes it will be new businesses and industries that create 21st-century jobs and raise wages. That’s why he’s working to create an environment in which innovators and entrepreneurs can thrive by modernizing our tax code, cutting bureaucracy and red tape, and making government more effective, accountable, and accessible." (www.bennetforcolorado.com)
  • "This amendment lowers taxes and increases the amount of money that small businesses can expense in a given year. It makes it easier for them to purchase new equipment and grow the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "The road to economic recovery will be long and difficult, but Congress and the President have taken important steps to help working families stave off a prolonged recession. Specifically, we have […] Cut taxes for 95 percent of American families. The Making Work Pay tax cut - which covers more Americans than any in history - is putting more than $900 million back into the pockets of more than 1.8 million Colorado families." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need strong accountability for teachers, schools and school districts, especially with large achievement gaps. Schools should adopt college and career ready standards, and we should incentivize common core standards, so there are consistent, clear and high standards across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • "It's challenging because a lot of the decisions are made at the local level, and No Child Left Behind built in some ways a huge federal incursion into what has been a state and local set of issues. Figuring out how to get that calibrated correctly is going to be the tough work of the committee, and that's what we got to do. (votesmart.org)
  • "Invite states to embrace voluntary national standards so the public can measure progress that students as a whole are making from year to year.Polish a performance measurement system so we know when reforms work." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (votesmart.org)
  • "Whether it is lifting federal restrictions that were stifling our aerospace or bioscience industries, bringing more certainty to our wind energy sector […] Michael Bennet has delivered real results to grow Colorado’s economy." (www.bennetforcolorado.com)
  • "As Colorado's U.S. Senator, Michael has pushed for investments in clean energy that create jobs and help break our reliance on overseas oil [...]" (www.bennet.senate.gov)
  • "We need a comprehensive energy bill that puts a price on carbon pollution and incentivizes the investments in clean energy that will help create jobs and lessen our dependence on overseas oil." (votesmart.org)
  • “On Day 1 as President, I will take immediate action to tackle #climatechange. But we can't wait until 2021. That's why I'm working across the aisle to pass tax credits to carbon capture and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” (votesmart.org)
  • “Take a strategic and science-based approach to reduce emissions and decrease the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.” (votesmart.org)
  • "While the #CleanPowerPlan would have fought climate change by reducing carbon pollution from power plants, Trump’s #DirtyPowerScam would roll back clean air standards, putting the health of millions of Americans at risk." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our new carbon capture bill would enhance our diverse energy industry, boost our economy, & protect our environment " (votesmart.org)
  • "Unchecked carbon pollution represents a material threat to our state and its economy - whether it's a shorter ski season, the increased threat of wildfire, or a multi-year drought imperiling our $40 billion dollar agriculture industry." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a comprehensive energy bill that puts a price on carbon pollution and incentivizes the investments in clean energy that will help create jobs and lessen our dependence on overseas oil." (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only must we ensure background check system has information it needs, we also must implement universal background checks across country." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Gun Owners of America (votesmart.org)
  • "But we have a duty to mitigate that risk. The shooters in Aurora and Newtown should not have had access to the guns or magazines they used." (votesmart.org)
  • "The debate is not about challenging the rights of responsible gun owners, it is about keeping the wrong weapons out of the hands of the wrong people." (votesmart.org)
  • "”In Colorado, after suffering two of the worst mass shootings in our nation's history, we closed the gun show and online loopholes and implemented reasonable background checks on all gun sales," Bennet said. "It's past time for Congress to follow our lead and do more to reduce gun violence in our communities."” (votesmart.org)
  • “U is for Universal Background Checks. Coloradans know all too well the devastating effects of gun violence in our country. We must follow Colorado’s lead and pass universal background checks nationwide.” (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no else to do this job but us. @senatemajldr must bring the Bipartisan Background Checks Act up for a vote." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in opposition to S. Amdt 667 – Health Care Freedom Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill will significantly reduce the deficit, bring down costs and provide affordable health insurance to all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • "With the release of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we have taken a major step forward. This bill will help put our Nation back on a track to fiscal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • “My view is we should finish the job we started with the Affordable Care Act. Give every American, trust every American family with the choice to decide” (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in opposition to S. Amdt 271 – Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of dismantling the Affordable Care Act, we need to strengthen it." (votesmart.org)
  • "I wrote the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill that passed the Senate with 68 votes. It had a pathway to citizenship, protected Dreamers, and had $46 billion in border security. We can have a humane immigration system and secure border at the same time." (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored S.952 " DREAM Act of 2011" (www.congress.gov)
  • "It is time for action on a comprehensive plan that secures the border and requires undocumented immigrants to become legal, pay a fine and appropriate taxes and learn English." (votesmart.org)
  • “If the President and Congressional Republicans really want to fix our broken immigration system, they must offer solutions that honor our respect for the rule of law and our heritage as a nation of immigrants. We did that in 2013 with a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, which would have secured our borders, strengthened our economy, and protected American workers while providing a tough but fair pathway to citizenship to immigrants who are contributing to their communities.” (votesmart.org)
  • “Michael strongly supports the DREAM Act and has urged the Department of Homeland Security to halt deportations of young people who came to the United States as children. Michael applauded the president's DAPA and DACA executive actions and his office has hosted workshops on how to apply for the programs. And Michael has called for the administration to end the practice of presumptive detention of families.” (votesmart.org)
  • "So glad the House passed the latest version of the Dream Act, #HR6. This bill will create a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young Dreamers, and TPS and DED recipients. Now, the Senate must act." (votesmart.org)
  • The Colorado Independent "Bennet has said that as a private citizen, if a ballot measure were to come up in Colorado [providing for gay marriage], he would support it." (www.coloradoindependent.com)
  • "Two people who want to enter into a loving, committed relationship should be afforded the same legally recognized rights and benefits I enjoy with my wife." (blogs.denverpost.com)
  • "ISIL poses a threat to the security and stability of our allies and partners in the Middle East. It needs to be contained to protect our interests in that region and to counter any broader terrorist threat to the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must protect it from those who want to destroy or privatize Social Security and risk the financial security of elderly Americans who have worked to earn and depend on its benefits." (votesmart.org)

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