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Claire McCaskill's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Claire McCaskill has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 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 2018.

  • "As a breast cancer survivor, Claire has fought to preserve funding for Planned Parenthood, so that they can continue to provide life-saving health care services such as breast and cervical cancer screenings. She also supports the requirement that health insurance companies provide cost-free contraception to women – because Claire knows that the best way to prevent unintended pregnancies is to expand access to birth control." (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "It's a tax cut bill for the wealthy that takes healthcare away from everyone else." (twitter.com)
  • "Remember these budget cuts being delivered AT THE SAME TIME President is working to pass a 300 billion dollar tax cut to wealthy." (twitter.com)
  • "When it comes to defense spending, it's especially important that taxpayer dollars aren't being wasted and instead are being used to strengthen our national security as much as possible," said McCaskill, a former Missouri State Auditor. "The Department of Defense needs to lay out what they'll do to identify and reduce improper payments moving forward." (votesmart.org)
  • "Claire understands that the Citizens United Supreme Court decision—a decision she has called one of the worst in the Court’s history—has had a corrupting influence on American democracy, which is why she supports a constitutional amendment to overturn this disastrous decision." (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire has worked to bring affordable broadband access to rural communities. She introduced legislation to improve internet access in rural communities by protecting the rights of localities, and she has worked with a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on the Federal Communications Commission to allow rural broadband providers to offer discounted broadband service." (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire worked to pass the first boost in the federal minimum wage in more than a decade, and supports investing in the nation’s infrastructure to ensure that everyone has access to good-paying jobs." (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire has supported tax credits for families and small businesses, while opposing corporate tax loopholes that give the wealthy and corporations an advantage over hard-working Missourians." (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire is committed to providing support for programs, such as Head Start, designed to help children gain the awareness, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in elementary school and beyond." (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • "That’s why Claire voted to support the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which included plans to promote early education teacher development. She also cosponsored the bipartisan Education Begins at Home Act to provide parent education programs through state-administered grants." (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • "Claire supports an all-of-the-above energy approach, but also knows the value of protecting our national treasures and outdoor heritage — which is why she opposes opening up oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and supports preserving our national parks." (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire also supports extending tax credits to those who invest in energy generated by wind farms and solar power and providing bonds for clean renewable energy and conservation programs on the state and local levels. She has long supported development of biofuels, including appropriate mixing of bio-based ethanol in gasoline, a technique that spurs growth in the biofuel industry and reduces America's reliance on oil imports from foreign countries." (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • "Claire supports an all-of-the-above energy approach, but also knows the value of protecting our national treasures and outdoor heritage — which is why she opposes opening up oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and supports preserving our national parks." (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire has fought back against efforts to dismantle the air and water standards that have kept Missouri’s natural resources clean for our families and future generations." (clairemccaskill.com)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of S Amdt 4750 "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2016" (votesmart.org)
  • "Claire argued that the status quo was unsustainable and jeopardized the health of Missouri's citizens and the health of our economy. She supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which put into place reforms that are strengthening the quality of care in the United States and taming the out-of-control increases in costs of medical care." (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • "Claire acknowledges that no law is perfect, and is committed to continuing to improve the ACA." (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • "Claire supports fixing and improving the Affordable Care Act to ensure that all Missourians can afford and access coverage." (clairemccaskill.com)
  • "Claire supports legal immigration. She opposes granting unconditional amnesty to undocumented immigrants or allowing undocumented immigrants to receive federal assistance." (www.mccaskill.senate.gov)
  • 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.
  • "Claire believes that we need to do more to defeat ISIS, and has cosponsored legislation to strengthen our response to this growing threat. She has also cosponsored legislation to address the threat of homegrown extremism and worked to increase funding and training for our first responders." (clairemccaskill.com)

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