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Terri Sewell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Terri Sewell 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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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • "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" (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "This approach to budgeting overcompensates defense spending at the expense of essential domestic programs that are the lifeline for the people I represent. It is woefully unfair to allow DOD to exceed sequestration funding levels in the name of national security, while not also raising funding levels for necessary domestic programs which provide security for the most vulnerable in our society." (
  • "Congress must take a comprehensive approach to address America's crumbling infrastructure," Rep. Sewell said. "From rural Alabama to New York City, our communities need more tools and increased resources to rebuild our infrastructure and improve the lives of all Americans. The BUILD Act will help spur additional investments into these critical projects and help ensure the United States can maintain its competitiveness in the 21st century." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • 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 in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • "As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of passage of the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act, I am pleased this reauthorization ensures that funds will continue to be directed to the school districts and communities that most need them. The bill reduces the amount of standardized testing in schools and empowers educators to have a stronger voice in classroom decisions. The Every Student Succeeds Act is a promising improvement over current law as this bill protects the millions of minority, disabled, and disadvantaged students we were sent here to represent." (
  • "To promote our educational progress, we must replace No Child Left Behind with a strong bipartisan bill, one that advances what works and improves upon what does not. Unfortunately, this bill does neither." (
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "I will continue my support for strategic investments in renewable and green energy, as well promote increased oil production right here in North America." (
  • 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." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We need to invest in projects that enhance climate resilience, while also reducing pollution and carbon emissions." (
  • "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." (
  • "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!" (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • "To be sure, it is not in the interest of the United States or its allies for Iran to ever develop a nuclear weapon. I agree with President Obama that no deal is better than a bad deal and it is through that prism that I will thoroughly review and evaluate this agreement. We cannot sign any agreement with Iran based on trust, nor should sanctions be loosed unless Iran meets its obligations and such compliance can be verified. We must remain ever vigilant in our insistence that Iran never reaches nuclear capability." (
  • "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," (
  • "Resolving the nuclear standoff with Iran is of grave importance for our nation's security and for Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East. We must make every effort to ensure that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon." (
  • "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." (
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  • "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." (
  • "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?" (

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