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Sean Casten's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 6, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (IL) - District 6

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Sean Casten 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.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" (votesmart.org)
  • "Peter Roskam voted to cut taxes for big corporations, and placed the cost on the backs of 6th District residents in the form of middle class tax increases," said Casten. "$2.3 trillion will be added to our national deficit, and in order to pay for it, Roskam and Trump have their eyes set on cutting Medicare and Social Security. And the corporations that Roskam paid out have bought back $500 billion to date in corporate stock buybacks, rewarding their shareholders and not their employees or customers.[1] It's clear this bill wasn't meant to help average Americans, and Roskam should be ashamed -- not celebrating." (votesmart.org)
  • "Peter Roskam voted to cut taxes for big corporations, and placed the cost on the backs of 6th District residents in the form of middle class tax increases," said Casten. "$2.3 trillion will be added to our national deficit, and in order to pay for it, Roskam and Trump have their eyes set on cutting Medicare and Social Security. And the corporations that Roskam paid out have bought back $500 billion to date in corporate stock buybacks, rewarding their shareholders and not their employees or customers.[1] It's clear this bill wasn't meant to help average Americans, and Roskam should be ashamed -- not celebrating." (votesmart.org)
  • "Support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision. In the meantime, we should take concrete, immediately achievable actions to increase the transparency of campaign spending, such as the Shareholder Protection Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United. (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "The more we invest in our transportation infrastructure in the Sixth District, the more jobs we will create here at home, as well as access to work in nearby Chicago," (votesmart.org)
  • "We need an infrastructure package that invests both federal dollars and private capital to build critical and necessary bridges, roads, power plants and industrial facilities that will provide decades of future value. These are the things that are going to help the economy, and the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • "Bottom line. If you think the tax code should incentivize work, drive economic growth and reward the 'makers instead of the takers', the GOP tax reform is a disaster. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. /end" (twitter.com)
  • "Peter Roskam voted to cut taxes for big corporations, and placed the cost on the backs of 6th District residents in the form of middle class tax increases," said Casten. "$2.3 trillion will be added to our national deficit, and in order to pay for it, Roskam and Trump have their eyes set on cutting Medicare and Social Security. And the corporations that Roskam paid out have bought back $500 billion to date in corporate stock buybacks, rewarding their shareholders and not their employees or customers.[1] It's clear this bill wasn't meant to help average Americans, and Roskam should be ashamed -- not celebrating." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support testing in schools for the purpose of student evaluation. I oppose testing for the evaluation of schools and teachers. Many schools have become too burdened with testing and reporting, distracting from teaching. Moreover, standardized testing often does not provide results in time to guide teachers in the classroom." (www.castenforcongress.com)
  • "Furthermore, clean energy is another area where we could be growing jobs, by investing in research and technology so that the next generation of wind turbines, solar panels, fuel cells and more are designed and manufactured right here, by American workers." (votesmart.org)
  • "Identify and eliminate economically inefficient cross-subsidies that discourage the development of clean energy sources. Incumbent energy providers in the U.S. benefit from a host of historic policy decisions that have a practical effect of lowering the apparent costs of dirty energy to consumers. These range from the health costs of pollution that are borne by our health system to the military costs of protecting foreign shipping lanes that are paid out of our income taxes (to name just a couple). Meanwhile, new energy sources -- from biofuels to solar electricity -- must compete economically, bearing their full costs of fuel procurement, distribution, conversion, and delivery." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "We must pass legislation to formally approve DACA and remove the ability of future Presidents to remove under Executive Order. (e.g., through the DREAM Act)" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Unknown Position In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision. In the meantime, we should take concrete, immediately achievable actions to increase the transparency of campaign spending, such as the Shareholder Protection Act.
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?
Unknown Position Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
I have spent my career working to address climate change, which I believe to be the single biggest existential crisis facing our species. For more details on my energy and climate policies and specific examples of legislation I propose, see here: https://castenforcongress.com/blog/issue/our-environment/.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
If elected to Congress, I?ll stand up for the sane gun laws that the people of Illinois 6th demand: I'll support the Assault Weapons Ban. I will advocate for laws that allow the ATF to store gun records in searchable, electronic records. I'll support banning access to lethal weapons for offenders who have been convicted of domestic violence or who are under a restraining order (H.R. 2670). I'll support a national ban on high-capacity magazines. I'll support closing the gun show loophole. I'll support repeal of the Dickey Amendment, which prevents the CDC from studying gun violence in the US.
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
The Affordable Care Act took a big step toward universal health care in the US, but the work is not done. We must insist on true, universal healthcare. Not just the kind where anyone can go to the emergency room, but the kind that our allies and trading partners have, where everyone, regardless of employment or wealth, has access to full preventative healthcare services, check-ups, screenings, and all the other early-detection measures that reduce the need for higher-cost, later-stage interventions.
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?
Those who immigrated to the US voluntarily did so with the belief that they would have more opportunity in America than they had at home. Many of those who came here in bondage would later lead the Great Migration northward, driven by the same impulse. This willingness to uproot and resettle in a gave us a legacy of risk-takers and hard workers. Of course, we need to protect our borders and vet those who wish immigrate. That is not in dispute. More people want to come to the US than we can accommodate. That is a blessing, not a burden.
Unknown Position Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Unknown Position Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Unknown Position Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
I have spent my career working to address climate change, which I believe to be the single biggest existential crisis facing our species. We must insist on true, universal health care. Not just the kind where anyone can go to the emergency room, but the kind that our allies and trading partners have, where everyone, regardless of employment or wealth, has access to full preventative health care services ? check-ups, screenings, and all the other early-detection measures that reduce the need for higher-cost, later-stage interventions. For a more complete list of my priorities, please visit: https://castenforcongress.com/issues/

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