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David Price's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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David Price has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.

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North Carolina Congressional Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Women should be able to make their own health care decision, including to have an abortion, in consultation with their doctor without any governmental interference, as provided in the Roe v. Wade decision. I oppose efforts to undermine reproductive rights and have cosponsored legislation to permanently repeal the Hyde and Helms Amendments.
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?
There is no more fundamental statement of our nation's priorities and values than the federal budget. As North Carolina's only representative on the House Appropriations Committee, I have fought throughout my career for budgets that invest in the American people, protect the most vulnerable among us, and set us on a path toward fiscal responsibility. I remain a strong supporter of protecting Social Security and Medicare, which have strengthened the middle class and helped provide security to millions of Americans.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
The irresponsible Citizens United decision threatens our democracy by opening the floodgates to dark money in our political system. I'm a strong supporter of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a set of comprehensive reforms to restore our democracy. I introduced the Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act, which would crack down on unaccountable Super PACs by ensuring they do not operate on behalf of one single candidate and strengthen the anti coordination rules. I also introduced the We the People Act, which would, among other provisions, require Super PACs to disclose their donors.
No Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
I cosponsored and voted for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which seeks to create more accountable policing, including reforming qualified immunity in order to hold law enforcement officials responsible for instances of egregious misconduct.
No Do you support increasing defense spending?
I believe certain areas of the federal budget could be adjusted to produce considerable cost savings that could be reinvested in other priorities. Our Department of Defense is still largely designed to confront Cold War threats, and we should begin building a leaner, smarter, and stronger military without cutting support for active duty troops, military veterans, and their families. The strength of our military should be judged by our capacity to meet our national security challenges and not by an arbitrary or predetermined number of troops, aircraft, or ships.
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?
Economists across the political spectrum agree that in times of crisis, emergency federal spending that assists working families and vulnerable individuals can stabilize the economy in the short-term and promote growth. I also support direct aid and loans to businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic, but the focus should be on helping our small businesses first. While corporate taxes can influence business and investment decisions, recent examples (such as the 2017 GOP Tax Cut Bill) show that large companies usually prioritize rewarding shareholders or buying back their own stock rather than raising wages or hiring new workers.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
While most education decisions occur on the state and local level, I believe that the federal government should provide additional support on a targeted basis -- for example low income districts, early childhood programs, improvements in teaching -- with standards and criteria as appropriate.
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?
When future generations look back at this time, I'm certain climate will be the one issue where they say, "what were they thinking, and why didn't they act?" The disastrous impacts of climate change influences my policy decisions, from my T-HUD Chairmanship to how we should rebuild in the face of storms. Throughout my career, I have championed clean air and water protections, conservation of natural habitat, and investments in clean energy. I supported President Obama's landmark Clean Power Plan and the Paris Climate Accords, and I've opposed efforts to withdraw from the Accords.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
We have a gun violence epidemic in the United States that continues to bring preventable tragedy and immeasurable grief to communities across our country every day. As Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I helped champion a provision in a recent appropriations bill to fund research for gun violence prevention for the first time in two decades. I also favor background checks, the banning of assault weapons, and "red flag" laws to remove weapons from those who demonstrate a threat to themselves or others.
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?
No American should have to choose between putting food on the table and affording basic medical coverage. I believe we must work toward providing universal health care coverage. The ACA was a major step forward in this goal, but millions of Americans remain without health insurance due to Republican interference and intransigence. North Carolina must immediately expand Medicaid to provide health care to thousands of families stuck in the middle of a bitter Republican effort to block this coverage. I strongly support the paid medical leave provisions in the Families First Act, and would like to see them expanded.
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 support the DREAM and Promise Act, welcoming a generous number of refugees to our country, and creating a pathway to citizenship for those already residing in the United States. I'm using my role and voice in Congress to speak out and fight back against the President's reckless immigration policies like family separation, atrocious conditions at detention centers, and indiscriminate ICE raids in our communities.
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)?
Generally, I believe the United States should seek a coordinated, comprehensive international response with our allies to prevent countries from obtaining weapons of mass destruction. I strongly supported the Iran Nuclear Agreement. The President must consult with Congress and seek an authorization for the use of force before taking military action absent an imminent threat to the American public.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
I have always evaluated each trade agreement that comes before the House on a case-by-case basis, based on how it will affect the Fourth District, North Carolina, and the country as a whole. The right kind of trade agreement can promote mutually beneficial commerce while mitigating the negative effects of globalization by maintaining clear and enforceable rules of fair competition, including robust protections for workers, consumers, and the environment.
As Chairman of the House Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I'll work on a bipartisan basis to pass forward-looking transportation and housing funding bills that prioritize affordable housing and meet our infrastructure challenges. And, as a leader on democratic reforms, I'll continue pursuing efforts to strengthen our democracy by updating the "Stand by Your Ad" campaign disclosure policy for the digital age, increase donor transparency for Super PACs, and establish public financing for campaigns to reduce the influence of special interests.

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