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Kamala Harris' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (CA) - Jr, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for Vice President with Joe Biden, Jr.

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Kamala Harris 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

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2020.

  • "This Administration has proven over and over that they will turn back the clock on our reproductive rights if we let them. We cannot go back to the days before Roe v. Wade when women were dying from unsafe abortions. Under my Administration, we will protect access to health care." (votesmart.org)
  • "Kamala Harris has been a champion for a woman's right to choose and access to comprehensive reproductive health care throughout her entire career." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are living through an all-out assault on women’s health and reproductive rights. We need a president who will stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans and fight against Republican attempts to end safe and legal abortion in America." (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of a real middle class tax cut, 83% of the benefits of this bill go to the top 1% over the next decade. While corporate profits are at an all-time high, this plan permanently lowers the corporate tax rate and increases taxes on 57% of middle class Americans over the next decade. Many California families will see a tax increase as a result of changes to the state and local tax deduction." (votesmart.org)
  • "And I don't think it's fair to jack up the deficit or pull the rug out from the middle class to give a bit more to those who already have so much." (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of giving America's most fortunate more tax breaks, let's ask them to make a contribution a little bit more to help invest in infrastructure, job training, and making college affordable." (votesmart.org)
  • "For millions of seniors, Social Security and Medicare mean the difference between getting by and living in poverty. As president, I will oppose any cuts to these vital programs." (votesmart.org)
  • "While some in Washington have voted to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, Kamala will oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and believes we need to strengthen these safety nets." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our political system has been flooded with unlimited amounts of money from the rich and powerful," said Harris. "Our democracy should belong to everyday Americans, not big corporations. I am proud to stand with my colleagues to support the Democracy For All amendment as the first step in taking elections out of the hands of corporations and the top one percent and giving them back to the people." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The lack of proper disclosure undermines the very campaign finance system envisioned by the Court. For six long years, companies have had free rein to solidify their influence in politics and maximize their impact on elections. As the magnitude of the problem and the potential for abuse has skyrocketed, investor demand for this information has greatly intensified." (votesmart.org)
  • "Law enforcement should not be completely shielded from accountability when they violate someone's civil rights," said Senator Harris. "It is clear that the Supreme Court's qualified immunity doctrine is broken and in need of reform. It is time that we say clearly that police officers should be held accountable to the law and to the people they are sworn to protect, period." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Republican bill was written to check a box, not save a life. It is designed to obstruct real solutions and completely ignores changes that would have saved the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the countless Black Americans killed at the hands of law enforcement. It does nothing to address the need to hold police accountable for misconduct. This bill fails to adopt a national use of force standard. It fails to ban no-knock warrants in drug cases, and dangerous maneuvers such as chokeholds and carotid holds. It fails to address, let alone end, qualified immunity for police, which would allow the families of those victimized by an officer's misconduct to seek justice in our courts. The only problem it solves is Republicans' political problem of having nothing to say." (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud Senator Sanders and am grateful for all the work that he's done on this amendment. I unequivocally agree with the goal of reducing the defense budget and redirecting funding to communities in need, but it must be done strategically. I remain supportive of the effort, and am hopeful that with the benefit of additional time, future efforts will more specifically address these complicated issues and earn my enthusiastic support." (votesmart.org)
  • "Kamala believes we must invest in efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons and address the risks posed by unsecured nuclear materials across the globe. That's just one of the reasons why Kamala supported President Obama's diplomatic effort to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapons program and as Senator will be a strong advocate for nonproliferation." (votesmart.org)
  • "While I support the vast majority of the programs in the National Defense Authorization Act, I cannot support the Administration's request for new, unchecked powers to develop and administer a low-yield nuclear weapons program." (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud the House for passing the Moving Forward Act and including important bills and key provisions I've introduced along with my partners in the House," said Harris. "This vital legislation rebuilds America's infrastructure and works to combat the climate crisis-- investing in our nation's future. It's now up to the Senate to pass this comprehensive legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • "Upgrading our infrastructure in a strategic way -- not just building roads and highways -- will create good-paying jobs, improve our economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping us fight climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Third, tax reform should be focused on providing a revenue base that meets the needs of our country. Deep cuts to our corporate, individual, and other tax rates are very costly. We will not support any effort to pass deficit-financed tax cuts, which would endanger critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other public investments in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • "So here's my suggestion. Instead of giving corporations a big tax cut, let's give the middle class a real tax cut." (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of a real middle class tax cut, 83% of the benefits of this bill go to the top 1% over the next decade. While corporate profits are at an all-time high, this plan permanently lowers the corporate tax rate and increases taxes on 57% of middle class Americans over the next decade. Many California families will see a tax increase as a result of changes to the state and local tax deduction." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Neighborhood businesses across the country are hurting and Congress has failed to get help to those that need it most. The Saving Our Street Act helps small, local businesses keep their lights on and their workers on the job. I'm proud to partner with Congresswoman Pressley on this important bill," (votesmart.org)
  • "Kamala believes in fighting climate change by investing in clean energy, improved energy efficiency of our homes and buildings, smart grid upgrades, and public transportation -- all investments that will sustainably lower energy costs, create jobs, and help clean our air." (votesmart.org)
  • "In the Senate, Kamala will look to replicate this energy mix across the United States by supporting plans to create a 40 percent national renewable energy standard for electricity providers by 2035." (votesmart.org)
  • "Kamala believes we can speed up the process by investing more federal dollars in clean energy research and development through successful programs, and she supports expanding and making permanent the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit." (votesmart.org)
  • "In January 2014, the Attorney General filed a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief in support of the EPA's authority to "tailor" the requirements of the Clean Air Act so that they better apply to greenhouse gas emissions from stationary (non-vehicle) and industrial sources." (votesmart.org)
  • "We’re facing a climate crisis. We need a Green New Deal that ensures no communities are left behind, that achieves carbon neutral energy by 2030, and creates good-paying jobs for the future. We can’t wait." (votesmart.org)
  • "It’s possible to cut emissions, end our reliance on fossil fuels, and ensure communities most impacted by the climate crisis aren’t left behind as we work towards a solution." (votesmart.org)
  • "And right now what we need is we need to have common sense gun safety laws in our country and frankly to get to that place I would suggest that I don't think - I don't know what we are waiting for." (votesmart.org)
  • "In the Senate, I'll continue fighting hard to pass comprehensive gun safety laws."" (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington needs to stop using the safety of our kids as a political football and finally stand up to the NRA. Kamala would join Senator Dianne Feinstein in the fight to renew the assault weapons ban and pass real background check legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • "The President failed to provide assurances to the 5 million Californians who rely on the Affordable Care Act for their health insurance. Let's be clear -- access to health care is not the guarantee of health care. The American people are counting on us to improve and build on what we've made, not go back to a time when insurance companies could discriminate against women or those with a preexisting condition." (votesmart.org)
  • "So let me start by saying I was very proud as attorney general of California to be among the leaders who defended the Affordable Care Act. What President Obama accomplished was historic. Many presidents before him attempted to reform America's health care system and failed. He accomplished it with the Affordable Care Act. He has also said -- he has used a term "starter house." That it was a good beginning." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We respectfully request that you abandon your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and undermine the U.S. health care system so that we can work together to improve the law and lower the cost of health care for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • "Strong unions built the American middle class--everything from a 40-hour work week to paid leave was because of workers who organized and fought. And when @JoeBiden and I are in the White House, advancing worker rights will be a priority." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no evidence that more wall is needed. There are already some 650 miles of fencing at the border where DHS has determined it is most effective. The non-partisan GAO has found that DHS has no metrics showing how much additional security benefit a border wall would add." (votesmart.org)
  • ""In the first months of this Administration, the President has shown he is willing to go to extreme lengths to cut core functions to the bone in order to make taxpayers pay for a border wall experts agree we don't need and give tax breaks to corporations." (votesmart.org)
  • ""While this bill would put Dreamers on a pathway toward citizenship, the appropriation of $25 billion for a border wall is a waste of taxpayer money. A wall will not secure our border and I remain concerned those billions of dollars may also be used to implement this Administration's anti-immigrant agenda -- one that targets California and its residents." (votesmart.org)
  • "As president, I will take executive action to reinstate and expand DACA, protect their families from deportation, and establish a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. We must act. #DemDebate" (votesmart.org)
  • "As president, I will immediately reinstate and expand DACA and take executive action to provide Dreamers a path to citizenship. We owe it to Dreamers and their families to act. #DemDebate" (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress has repeatedly refused to pass comprehensive immigration reform that protects our borders and provides a fair and just pathway to citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • "The proliferation of nuclear materials is alarming, and we know that if these materials fall into the wrong hands, the effects could be catastrophic. Kamala believes we must invest in efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons and address the risks posed by unsecured nuclear materials across the globe. That's just one of the reasons why Kamala supported President Obama's diplomatic effort to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapons program and as Senator will be a strong advocate for nonproliferation." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "According to some media reports, the real reason for Dr. Cha's removal was his disagreement with a "bloody nose" strategy under consideration by the White House. Like many, we are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of a preemptive military strike on North Korea and the risks of miscalculation and retaliation. Ultimately, it is an enormous gamble to believe that a particular type of limited, preemptive strike will not be met with an escalatory response from Kim Jong Un and neither the United States nor our allies should take that step lightly. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on North Korea on January 30th, 2018, each of the expert witnesses believed that such a "bloody nose" strategy carried extreme risks. Moreover, without congressional authorization a preventative or preemptive U.S. military strike would lack either a Constitutional basis or legal authority." (votesmart.org)
  • "Kamala believes we must invest in efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons and address the risks posed by unsecured nuclear materials across the globe. That's just one of the reasons why Kamala supported President Obama's diplomatic effort to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapons program and as Senator will be a strong advocate for nonproliferation." (votesmart.org)
  • "This nuclear deal is not perfect, but it is certainly the best existing tool we have to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and avoid a disastrous military conflict in the Middle East." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of SA 871 - Repeal of Authorization for Use of Military Force and Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. (votesmart.org)
  • "Kamala staunchly opposed the war in Iraqfrom the very beginning and believes strongly in the power of smart diplomacy." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "It is the duty of the United States Congress to ensure that our nation's trade policies lift up workers, grow the economy, and protect public health and our environment. Trade agreements can open up new markets to American products and forge new alliances with foreign countries. They can also lead to job losses, depressed wages, and environmental degradation. Living in a state with the largest and most diverse economy in the nation, Californians have seen both the good and the bad up close. My responsibility as their senator is to listen to their concerns and learn from the mistakes of past trade deals." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As numerous industries and individual businesses in the United States suffer extreme cash flow problems due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we urge you to immediately issue a directive to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to defer all tariffs for at least 90 days, or until the crisis passes." (votesmart.org)
  • "I would not have voted for NAFTA, and because I believe that we can do a better job to protect American workers." (votesmart.org)

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