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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New York Congressional Election 2020 Political Courage Test

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?
Yes Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
Supports a top rate of 70% on incomes over $10 million.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
No Do you support increasing defense spending?
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?
Yes Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
Support for providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19, as long as funds are intentionally disbursed to the intended recipient. I do not support small business financial relief that winds up in the hands of Ruth's Chris Steak House and Shake Shack.
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Yes, but in this push, we can't talk about creating standards without talking about increasing education funding, increasing infrastructure funding, and increasing community programs near schools. Education is one of, if not the, most important part about social change.
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
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?
No Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Yes Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
Unknown Position Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
Our trade policies need to put workers and the environment front and center.
1) Medicare For All Our broken healthcare system made this novel coronavirus exceptionally crippling. As we begin to reopen, we have to ask ourselves what our new normal should look like. If you lose your job, you shouldn't lose your healthcare too. And if you get sick, you shouldn't be put under a mountain of debt. Medicare for All guarantees healthcare to everyone, curbs costs, and improves long-term health. 2)Creating Public Safety Instead of investing in mass incarceration, we need to invest in community and invest in the most vulnerable members of our society.

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