Card image cap

Elizabeth Terwilliger's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


Official Position: Candidate addressed this issue directly by taking the Political Courage Test.

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue, but Vote Smart inferred this issue based on the candidate's public record, including statements, voting record, and special interest group endorsements.

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue, or we could not infer an answer for this candidate despite exhaustive research of their public record.

Additional Information: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position, from their answers or Vote Smart's research.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as candidates submit them. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Elizabeth Terwilliger has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Unknown Position Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
I am neither pro-life or pro-choice. Abortion is a complex issue. I believe in doing all that we can to prevent abortions and protect the right of the unborn child to life while protecting both the rights of the expectant mother to control over her body and the rights of the expectant father. I propose two initiatives to work in tandem to reduce abortions. First, I propose free access to birth control for men and women. Second I propose is adoption reform to make adopting a child of any age, starting with prenatal adoption simple and inexpensive.
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
Social Security and Medicare are not entitlement programs. They are employment benefits that working Americans pay for from the very beginning of their work lives.
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?
No 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?
No Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
I do not feel that the Government should have bailed out businesses during the housing crisis nor should they do it now during the pandemic. Government intervention to prop up businesses creates a disincentive for businesses to plan and save for these types of events. Additionally, in the case of the housing crisis, it creates an incentive for some businesses to engage in risky behavior knowing that the Government will bail them out if things go badly.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Education standards are the purview of the States.
No 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?
It is the responsibility of the Government to protect the health and safety of the people as well as the rights. I feel strongly that environmental protections fall into that category.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
I believe that our national focus on guns takes attention away from the need to address the underlying causes of violence in this country. The gun is not the problem any more than the car is the problem when a drunk driver kills someone. We need to respect the words and intent of the 2nd Amendment and move the gun violence debate away from the guns and towards the underlying societal issues.
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
I do not feel that the Government should be in the Healthcare business. However, I feel that it is irresponsible to remove the consumer protections and coverage, provided by the Affordable Care Act, that so many Americans depend on without a plan. We need to preserve the consumer protections in the law, protecting those with pre-existing conditions and banning lifetime limits on coverage, for example. We also need a plan to make Healthcare affordable for every American.
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?
I support comprehensive immigration reform to provide a simple, clear and secure path to citizenship for anyone who wants to make America their home. People say, "get in line," but right now the lines are so long and convoluted as to encourage illegal immigration. We also need to deal with the backlog of cases for individuals seeking asylum in the US. A fair and timely process with legal representation would be appropriate to determine who has a legitimate claim. We need additional judges and resources in the legal immigration and asylum systems.
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)?
No Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
We need a strong national defense. We need to work with our allies in the interest of a strong national defense. We do not need our military deployed around the world in conflicts that often create enemies for our nation rather than strengthening our defense. I do not advocate immediate withdrawal of troops currently stationed oversees. I advocate for a diplomatic process and a thoughtful draw-down of our presence to prevent an eruption of violence as we saw with the sudden withdrawal of forces from the Turkish border.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
If elected, my top priority would be returning power from politicians back to the people. I would work for Congressional term limits to decrease the accumulation of personal power by politicians and increase the opportunity to bring diverse voices into decision making. I would work to engage more residents of my district in political discussions by reaching out and then listening to everyday people impacted by legislation, not just those who have power. I would work for single issue legislation so that community members will better understand what is being debated and can therefor participate more fully in the conversation.

Vote Smart does not permit the use of its name or programs in any campaign activity, including advertising, debates, and speeches.