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Terri Sewell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (AL) - District 7


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Issue Positions

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  • "Employers and insurance companies should not have effective veto power over women's access to birth control coverage. We certainly agree that religious liberty is a fundamental value protected by the First Amendment. However, it does not give employers the right to discriminate and impose their beliefs on others, especially in a manner that causes harm to health, well-being, and financial security. Contraception should be treated like any other preventive health care benefit under the ACA, which remains the law of the land." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • "Republicans are trying to push another tax cut for the wealthy through Congress, doubling down on the same trickle down economics. Count me as a no vote! #GOPTaxScam" (
  • "Americans spoke up tonight when they put Democrats back in charge of the House. Voters want better healthcare, fair wages, and a stable future for Social Security and Medicare. Enough tax cuts for the wealthy, it's time to invest in our working families. #ElectionNight" (
  • "Instead, today's budget relies on gimmicks and irresponsible cuts to make way for a special interest tax plan that adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit." (
  • Rated 0% by The Club for Growth. (
  • "That is why I am a co-chair of the Expand Social Security Caucus, a group of Democrats who have committed to protecting and expanding Social Security benefits." (
  • Rated 97% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Social Security should not only be protected, it should also be improved and expanded," Sewell said. "Let's be clear: Social Security is not an entitlement. It is a retirement plan that hardworking Americans earn and pay for throughout their careers." (
  • Voted in favor of S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 87% by Common Cause. (
  • "The For the People Act fights back with reforms to stop gerrymandering, strengthen campaign finance laws, and close ethics loopholes. As we begin work in the House to investigate voter discrimination and the state of voter protections in our elections, I am proud to see a commitment in the For the People Act to restoring the vote. There is much work left to do, but today's introduction takes a big step towards building a government of, by, and for the people." (
  • "We need to limit the influence of money in our politics and make critical updates to our campaign finance laws." (
  • "The George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act holds officers ACCOUNTABLE for misconduct. They must be responsible to the communities they swore to protect and serve. It’s time to change the culture of policing in America. It’s time to pass the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act." (
  • "George Floyd should be alive. While his murderer was held accountable, the same cannot be said for countless Black Americans who continue to be killed by those whose job is to serve and protect. We must enact the #GeorgeFloydJusticeInPolicingAct & continue our fight for justice." (
  • "In the wake of George Floyd's murder and the subsequent protests across the nation, there is no denying that this moment is different. Our brothers and sisters -- Black and white -- are crying out for bold change. All lives cannot matter until Black Lives Matter. The Justice In Policing Act will help save lives and, importantly, hold police accountable." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • ""Ensuring that our brave men and women in uniform have the resources they need to defend our nation is one of my most solemn responsibilities as a Member of Congress and one that I do not take lightly," said Rep. Sewell."This defense bill not only meets the needs of our servicemembers, but also invests in HBCUs, combats sexual assault in the military, promotes climate resiliency, and strengthens our national security."" (
  • "One of my most solemn duties in Congress is to ensure our service members have what they need to defend our nation. I’m proud that this NDAA gives our troops a raise while securing us against cyber threats, climate change, extremism, & global competitors." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6395 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021." (
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • Rated 0% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. (
  • "Since coming to Congress in 2009, I've made it a top priority to bring federal resources to rural communities without proper wastewater treatment capacity. I have led legislation to address the widespread failure of wastewater infrastructure in rural America by providing grants for the construction and repair of wastewater systems in underserved communities." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "The Republican tax bill which passed the House today is nothing more than a giveaway for corporate special interests at the expense of America's working families," said Rep. Sewell." (
  • Rated 0% by The Club for Growth. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We urge you to vote no on H.J. Resolution 54, a Republican proposal to repeal Treasury's finalized debt-equity regulations issued under Section 385 of the tax code. These regulations are intended to combat aggressive corporate tax planning techniques that, rather than serving an economic purpose, are used by some corporations to avoid taxes." (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • "The American Rescue Plan will save lives and livelihoods. It will put vaccines in the arms of Americans and provides $20 billion in a nationwide vaccine plan. It also puts children safely back in schools with a nearly $130 billion investment. It will put money in people's pockets by delivering $1,400 stimulus checks, as well as expand reliable childcare and affordable healthcare. It will extend unemployment benefits to 18 million Americans and so many Alabamians that I represent. It will put people back to work by providing critical support for the hardest hit small businesses, expanding PPP eligibility and much more. It will give lots of needed money directly to localities, to local cities and counties. In fact, $472 million of direct funding will come to the State of Alabama in my district." (
  • "It's been more than eight months since Republicans have met Democrats at the negotiating table to provide our families, small businesses, frontline health care workers, and schools with the resources they need to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. While this bipartisan agreement is a compromise on many issues, this emergency funding cannot come soon enough to those struggling in Alabama and across the country from the devastating fallout of this virus," (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • "Racial justice and climate change are intrinsically linked. I applaud @POTUS for his bold executive orders that will not only tackle our climate crisis, but finally address the needs of underserved communities! #EnvironmentalJusticeforAll" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We need to invest in projects that enhance climate resilience, while also reducing pollution and carbon emissions." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write in strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recently proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, which would replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a far weaker rule that poses direct threats to both human health and the environment and undermine U.S. efforts to combat climate change." (
  • Voted against HR 1119 "SENSE Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association. (
  • "Requiring universal background checks on the sale of every gun is an essential part of ensuring that guns do not fall into the wrong hands. According to one study, nearly a quarter of Americans who acquired a gun did so without a background check. Without a background check, we can't be sure if they were felons, domestic abusers or violent criminals." (
  • "We need stronger laws that prevent gun violence and we need it now. Make no mistake--strengthening background checks, eliminating gun show loopholes, and preventing potential terrorists and criminals from acquiring assault weapons will not limit the rights of lawful gun owners to protect and defend themselves." (
  • Voted against HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • "Constituents and healthcare providers in our community agree that we can't go back on the promise of the Affordable Care Act. Instead, Congress should focus on improving our healthcare system by reducing costs and increasing coverage." (
  • "Let me be clear: Republicans are going after Alabamians' health care without any plan to replace it. If the Trump Administration has its way in court, nearly two million Alabamians with pre-existing conditions will lose critical protections, insurance companies will be able to charge women more than men and health insurance costs will go up for all Alabamians, even those with employer-based coverage," Sewell said. "Meanwhile, House Democrats have already passed legislation to strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions and lower health costs and prescription drug prices for all Americans. I will continue to fight to expand access to affordable, quality health insurance!" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • ""In the face of this ongoing pandemic, it is critical that the federal government is providing Alabama families with the funding and support they need to best tackle this crisis," Sewell said. "The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will ensure every Alabamian who needs it has access to testing and care to prevent the spread of the disease; provide workers with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave; strengthen food assistance; and increase federal funds for Medicaid to support state and local government efforts to combat this crisis."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "This Republican Congress could not find funding for teacher pay, for access to health care, or for infrastructure investments, but they are willing to trigger a shutdown to fund a border wall that is impractical, expensive, and ineffective." (
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "The President is pounding his fists after failing to secure billions of dollars for an ineffective wall that most Americans don't support. Instead, he should be addressing the real emergencies facing our country – crumbling infrastructure, gun violence & the opioid crisis." (
  • ""While I believe in strong border security, I am against building a wall along our Southern border or any of our borders. Instead, we should strictly enforce the current immigration laws on the books and better protect our borders," states Representative Sewell." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (
  • "That's why I'm proud to join @HouseDemocrats in introducing a bill to create a pathway to citizenship to #ProtectTheDream." (
  • "The United States is a country of immigrants and our shores have historically been a destination for those seeking freedom, justice, and opportunity. President Trump's decision to end DACA is an attack on those ideals," said Rep. Terri Sewell. "DREAMers were brought to the United States as children, and today we know them as neighbors, coworkers, students, and military service members. To participate in the DACA Program, DREAMers had to pass a rigorous background check, pay a fee, and attend school, serve in the military, or be a party of the workforce, all on the promise that they would be allowed to stay in the United States under DACA rules. Today's announcement breaks that promise. Stripping these young people of the opportunity to stay in the country they love and contribute to our economy is inconsistent with our American values." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (
  • "After months of deliberation and extensive conversations with nuclear experts, military officials, and constituent groups, I decided to support the Iran Deal because I believed it was our best option for ensuring a nuclear-free Iran," (
  • "The Iran Deal was not perfect, but its collective enforcement by the international community made it the best path forward. President Trump's reckless withdrawal from the Iran Deal has the potential to destabilize an already unstable region. As we lay the groundwork for a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea, reneging on the Iran Deal could also endanger our chances at establishing another major international agreement. Unilaterally walking away from this agreement leaves America isolated and puts our national security at risk." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 68 "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • "Rhetoric doesn’t eradicate terrorism. @POTUS should provide more clarity to Americans about Afghanistan strategy." (
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act" (
  • "Extending the U.S. Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act will expand the United States' trade with Caribbean basin countries and increase our nation's economic growth," Sewell said. "Improving trade with countries like Haiti and Jamaica by reauthorizing CBTPA encourages future investment, promotes job creation and lays the foundation for long-term economic development." (
  • "Let's be clear: tariffs are taxes. From the 301 tariffs hurting AL farmers, to proposed auto tariffs that would devastate AL's auto sector, to threatening tariffs on Airbus--is the Trump Admin determined to cost AL manufacturers & farmers their jobs?" (
  • "We look forward to learning more about the agreement reached between the United States, Canada and Mexico late last night to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). We are eager to assess how this agreement compares to NAFTA updates included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached three years ago and how the changes position our economy and impact U.S. jobs. As we have said from the onset, New Democrats support updating NAFTA to reflect the modern trade issues of a 21st century economy. This administration will need bipartisan support to successfully push trade agreements through Congress and we look forward to engaging with them on this and other agreements." (

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