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Suzan DelBene's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (WA) - District 1


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Issue Positions

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  • "It creates unnecessary burdens to care for sexual assault survivors, who are already facing extraordinarily difficult circumstances, and it injects ideology into the doctor-patient relationship. It puts politicians, rather than women, in charge of their medical care." (
  • "I've also worked hard to protect women's reproductive health and rights, fighting against attempts to restrict access to abortion and birth control." (
  • "Roe v. Wade was 44 years ago, but @HouseGOP keeps trying to pass unconstitutional abortion bans — this time, at just 6 weeks. #NoAbortionBan" (
  • "We need comprehensive tax reform to ensure everyone is paying their fair share. I support the Buffett rule, which would ensure that those making a million dollars or more per year do not pay a lower tax rate than middle-class families." (
  • "It is long past time to bring the tax code into the 21st century, and I remain committed to working with my colleagues on a fiscally responsible, comprehensive plan that supports the middle class and economic growth while reducing the deficit in a balanced way." (
  • "The #GOPTaxScam raises taxes on millions of middle class Americans & explodes the debt, leaving our kids to foot the bill, all for a corporate tax cut. As this bill goes to conference, I'll keep fighting for bipartisan #taxreform that puts families first, not special interests." (
  • "I am committed to protecting it and will fight against any efforts to privatize or dismantle Medicare." (
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (
  • "It's worked so well that Social Security funds have been used for other purposes, which needs to stop. But there are long-term financial concerns, which is why I support raising the income limits, or "scrapping the cap.' I also oppose raising the retirement age and will fight any attempts to privatizing Social Security." (
  • "The U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision was a devastating blow to our democratic electoral system. The 2010 ruling struck down restrictions that had barred corporations from spending unlimited amounts of money in elections." (
  • "I am fighting to take unlimited dark money out of politics. It's time to enact real campaign finance reform and end Citizens United. (
  • "The Supreme Court's ruling on #CitizensUnited allowed wealthy donors and corporations to pour millions into super PACs with little to no restrictions. We need to give the power back to the people." (
  • "We need to #getmoneyout of politics and overturn #CitizensUnited. It's time for Congress to pass the #DemocracyForAll amendment." (
  • "For too long, Black Americans have endured systemic racism and discrimination, especially from many in law enforcement. Accountability is long overdue for police officials who have abused their power and positions of authority. The deaths of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality have started a movement that has mobilized our nation. It is past time for Congress to make meaningful change to this broken system. I am proud to join the Congressional Black Caucus in supporting this critical piece of legislation that will hold police accountable to the communities they serve, ban chokeholds, and transform the culture of policing in the United States." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "I voted no on #NDAA16 because we shouldn’t use budget gimmicks to boost defense spending while slashing funds for domestic programs." (
  • "As Congress continues to tackle challenging fiscal decisions, I will fight to increase efficiencies and reduce waste in defense spending to ensure funding for our national security never comes at the expense of funding for domestic programs that millions of middle-class families rely on." (
  • "While we need to sustain funding for programs that are critical to our national security, in these tough economic times, all agencies need to be examining their budgets for savings, including the Department of Defense." (
  • "To strengthen the middle class and help struggling families we must do more to create jobs and grow an economy that works for everyone. This means helping our small businesses and local industries that can support good paying jobs for years to come, including aerospace, manufacturing, high-tech, sustainable agriculture, clean energy and health care. We must support businesses that are creating family wage jobs and invest in the training, education and skills of our workers to ensure they are prepared for success. To help families struggling to make ends meet, I fought for and secured $200 million in job-training funds to help low-income individuals receiving nutrition assistance get the skills and training they need to get a good-paying job and become self-sufficient." (
  • "Investing in our transportation infrastructure is how we keep our economy moving." (
  • "We need to strengthen our country through strategic investments in education, research, clean energy & infrastructure, not reckless cuts." (
  • "I am also fighting to eliminate the unfair loophole that allows hedge fund managers to pay a lower tax rate on their income than other professions. The current tax code incentivizes corporate inversions, moving jobs and profits offshore. This must change." (
  • "I’ve never heard a middle class family tell me that the way to secure their future is to give corporations a tax giveaway. #GOPTaxScam" (
  • "I support the bipartisan CARES Act which will provide much needed resources for Washington families, workers, and small businesses, and make sure our health care system can continue caring for our communities during #COVID19." (
  • "We are meeting a historic moment with historic action. Washington state has been facing this pandemic since the beginning and Congress must provide the hardest hit communities like mine with the critical support they need," said DelBene. "These are uncertain times and I will continue fighting for our communities and frontline responders as we all work to get through this crisis." (
  • "To guarantee that all students are given an opportunity to succeed, I believe we need to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) with a system that maintains high standards for student achievement but provides states and districts with the tools and flexibility they need to help all kids reach their full potential." (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "Expanding opportunity for the next generation starts by ensuring every child has access to a great education," DelBene said. "I'm glad Congress is replacing this outdated law with a system that maintains high standards for student achievement, while providing states and districts with the tools and flexibility needed to help all students reach their full potential. This legislation will bring meaningful and much-needed reforms to federal education policies for Washington's students, educators and school districts." (
  • "It's urgent that we take meaningful steps now to begin the transformation to an economy based on clean and renewable energy sources for the security and health of future generations." (
  • "Our future depends on clean renewable energy. This is another important step in the Pacific Northwest towards more environmentally-friendly solutions." (
  • "We need a balanced approach to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. This means investing in clean, renewable energy." (
  • "We must also work towards policies to keep our air and water clean, and manage our water responsibly as it is critical for wildlife habitat, our local farms and generating the electricity that powers our economy." (
  • "President Trump's statement of intent to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is a grave mistake that would have lasting effects on our planet and our economy." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • "it is imperative for policymakers on both sides of the aisle to work together with local and federal law enforcement officials, mental health and public health experts, and law-abiding gun owners to find additional ways to prevent the kinds of atrocities we've seen in recent weeks." (
  • "DelBene is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act (H.R. 4240) to strengthen background checks." (
  • "#TeamDelBene will #WearOrange today to continue to bring awareness of gun violence in our communities. When #GunViolenceAwarenessWeekend is over, we cannot stop fighting for sensible gun reform across the country and right here at home. Enough is enough" (
  • "However, the law is not perfect and I strongly support making responsible reforms to improve the ACA and address any problems that have arisen with its implementation." (
  • "GOP leaders are working on dangerous plans to repeal the ACA & defund Planned Parenthood. Doing so will have devastating consequences." (
  • "That's why I've voted against each and every attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. However, we must do more to make sure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "More families than ever before rely on women’s wages. We must boost #minimumwage, provide paid sick leave & ensure #EqualPay. #StateOfWomen". (
  • "The Trump administration isn’t properly spending the border security money Congress gave them. Why should we give them $5 billion for a wall that won’t make us any safer? This is a waste of taxpayer dollars." (
  • "Unfortunately, President Trump -- in an effort to appease hardline conservatives and Fox News -- chose to sabotage this deal and demand $5 billion to fund a wasteful border wall that won't make us any safer." (
  • "Today I’m thinking of the over 800,000 #Dreamers in this country who are fighting for their rights to live, work and study in the U.S. without fear of deportation. I hope #SCOTUS will make the right decision for these people who embody the American spirit." (
  • "According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, my proposal will create jobs, grow the economy and reduce the deficit by nearly $200 billion in the next decade. It creates an earned path to citizenship for those who are here and working. It will make our nation safer, while also eliminating backlogs, reuniting families and will meet the demands of our nation's economy today and into tomorrow." (
  • "DelBene helped introduce the American Hope Act, which would provide Dreamers with a conditional pathway to citizenship." (
  • "This rash action lacks any plan whatsoever to replace the JCPOA and prevent Iran from further developing its nuclear weapons program. Instead of acting unilaterally, President Trump should have worked with Congress and our allies to build on the JCPOA so we can achieve the goal of keeping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and foster stability, not chaos, in the Middle East." (
  • "President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the #JCPOA is a reckless move that undermines our credibility on the world stage, puts our national security at risk and eliminates our ability to maintain a watchful eye over Iran’s nuclear weapons program." (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Ultimately, this is about preventing a nuclear-armed Iran through a realistic, achievable and beneficial agreement so that both countries and the broader international community are protected. This will require vigilance and we will keep all options on the table if Iran violates the terms of this agreement." (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of HJ Res 37 - Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (
  • "We are encouraged by the announcement that President Trump is removing the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico. These tariffs are negatively impacting American workers and companies across the country and the retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico further the pain felt by our agriculture producers and other exporters." (

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