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Amy McGrath's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Amy McGrath 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.

  • "Our focus ought to remain on preserving our constitutional rights, the health and well-being of the mother, and the rights of women to make their own choices without interference from the government." (
  • "The bill for Mitch McConnell's tax giveaway to the rich and corporations will soon come due. As the budget deficit soars, it's our children who'll have to pay for his reckless policies." (
  • "This is ridiculous. After massive tax cuts for the wealthiest 1%, to take a modest raises (that barely keep up with inflation) away from people who serve our country in the federal workforce under the guise of "fiscal responsibility" is another hypocritical policy." (
  • "We must expand health care protections, protect our elections, and defend social security and medicare. " (
  • "I support a Medicare buy-in option for those over the age of 55. This is smart public policy." (
  • "Work to end Citizens United." (
  • "Citizens United was one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in modern history. The Court's decision allows a tidal wave of unlimited and undisclosed donations by corporations under the guise of "free speech." The Court wrongly believed that a company's million-dollar campaign donation would not dictate the policy decisions of elected officials." (
  • "Today is the 10th anniversary of Citizens United. Mitch McConnell created the Washington swamp, so it's no surprise he wrote in favor of the decision. As senator, I will work to end Citizens United. Secret money in political campaigns is not consistent with democratic values." (
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  • "We need new federal grants for small business development in our communities, and we need to reward entrepreneurs and small business owners by making our tax system fairer to our small businesses." (
  • "We need renewed national investments in 21st century infrastructure, and public research & development." (
  • "Without major, purposeful investments in our aging infrastructure, we will struggle to keep up with the rest of the country. To recruit new businesses and sustain the current economy, we need to do much better." (
  • "The bill for Mitch McConnell's tax giveaway to the rich and corporations will soon come due. As the budget deficit soars, it's our children who'll have to pay for his reckless policies." (
  • "Pattern continues - House Republicans try to pay for their tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations by undermining not only healthcare for elderly Americans (cuts to Medicare), but also healthcare for kids (cuts to CHIP). That's the bottom line...again." (
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  • "De-emphasize standardized testing results when evaluating both students and schools. The misplaced weight put on standardized testing has led to an increased amount of "teaching to the test" with less time and fewer resources devoted to ensuring a positive learning environment for every child and teacher." (
  • "Both from a security and an economic standpoint, we need to invest in renewable energy. Our military is already one of the biggest proponents of renewable energy research. Why? Because it saves lives -- and makes more strategic sense -- if forward operating bases overseas do not have to be constantly refueled with traditional forms of energy like petroleum, which require vulnerable ground supply lines and are subject to potentially volatile markets." (
  • "Furthermore, renewable energy represents an opportunity not a threat for our state: Kentucky can become a leader in expanding solar and wind production, which will both reduce electricity costs for our families and bring energy-related jobs back to Central Kentucky. We can achieve this in part by leveraging our military bases as national hubs for renewables research, and expanding -- not cutting -- federal investment in this research." (
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  • "As a nation, we desperately need to have a conversation about guns where we bring to the table the concerns of both those in the cities as well as the rural areas. Beyond the common sense measures that should have been enacted long ago that even gun owners support (background checks for private sales and gun shows, barring purchases from anyone on no-fly or watch lists, meaningful efforts to keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill, and funding our CDC and NIH to study the epidemic as it does every other scourge), we need a honest conversation about what are willing to tolerate as a nation." (
  • "We should begin with the items that have overwhelming public support: tighten enforcement when it comes to preventing the mentally ill from purchasing any weapons, bar purchases by people on no-fly or terror watch lists, and if you have to undergo a background check at a licensed gun dealer (as I have), you should not be able to evade that by obtaining a weapon at gun shows or privately. Otherwise, background checks are worthless. I also support current efforts to restrict alterations on firearms to get around federal restrictions, like bump stock." (
  • "So, I remain committed to working in a bipartisan way to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act, which brought down Kentucky's uninsured rate in a dramatic way." (
  • "The ACA must be upheld." (
  • "10 years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. As we face a global pandemic, it's more important than ever to preserve and expand access to care. Mitch has tried repeatedly to repeal the ACA. Make sure he doesn't get another chance" (
  • "I favor approaches to bridge some of the single-payer/Obamacare divide, and begin a longer process that may take us in that general direction." (
  • "The aid package includes free coronavirus testing for sick patients, paid sick leave (to decrease the pressure for sick people to work) and food aid. @senatemajldr every day this aid is delayed, time is wasted, and more Americans are put at risk." (
  • "Smart, rational thinking here from Admiral @stavridisj (former commander of all operations to our South) - I agree that a wall would do way more harm than good." (
  • "DACA gives young kids who came to this country under no fault of their own a fighting chance to not be deported to a foreign country they don't know and can't remember. It was put in place by executive order because congressional partisans like Andy Barr didn't have the courage to enact legislation to help these children. Congress needs to extend DACA or enact legislation that will give DREAMers a chance to become full citizens." (
  • "The US has other options between doing nothing and all out war. We could use our offensive cyber capabilities to degrade North Korea's nuclear arsenal, increase our missile defense capabilities in the region, or even coordinate a naval blockade to put an even tougher economic squeeze on the regime. No matter what we do, we should do it with the cooperation of our partners and allies as well as with the cooperation of China and Russia. China certainly does not wish to see a war on the Korean peninsula either. It is critical that the approach to North Korean nuclear progress should be a rest of the world vs. North Korea, not just a US vs. North Korea. World sanctions against Iran worked because they were not unilateral. We need the same multi-national approach here." (
  • "Pulling out would be a loss for us on all fronts. Iran would get its economy back and be able to develop a nuclear weapon, while we would lose all of our credibility in seeking a diplomatic resolution to other conflicts such as the current North Korea nuclear crisis. Bottom line: Diplomacy avoided another war in the Middle East and averted the kind of crisis we now face with North Korea. It's working. Let's not throw it away." (
  • "We know Kim Jong-un is a cruel leader, but there is no evidence that he is suicidal, or cannot be deterred. His quest for nuclear weapons is spurred by one thing, the survival of his regime. We must recognize that North Korea has possessed formidable conventional, chemical, and biological capabilities for decades without using them. Kim knows that any large conflict would wipe his regime out, making it highly unlikely that he would start one. We shouldn't either. A preventative war would be a disaster given the millions of innocent people (including thousands of Americans) who would be killed in South Korea and Japan. We need to be very deliberate and careful when dealing with this nuclear regime." (
  • "We all want the war in Afghanistan to end, especially those of us who fought there. I’m cautiously optimistic about the Taliban-Afghan peace deal. I’m thankful we had a professional in Special Envoy @US4AfghanPeace to help broker the deal, and I hope this is a real turning point." (
  • "The president should not de-certify the ÒIran deal.Ó Diplomacy with Iran avoided another war in the Middle East and averted the kind of crisis we now face with North Korea." (
  • "Not signing onto the TPP, a deal that we helped create, is a major mistake. Not only are we ceding international influence and power, but with the new tariffs, we are actually going backwards." (

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