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Dina Titus' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NV) - District 1, Democratic


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Issue Positions

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  • "The State of Texas should not waste its time interfering with the reproductive rights of women. For more than 40 years, American women have had the right to safe and legal abortions and today's decision upholds that access. For too long Republicans have attacked women's health care. Today's ruling is a clear signal that they are out of line and wasting time." (votesmart.org)
  • "I rise today in opposition to H.R. 1797. This bill is not only a direct challenge to the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, but it's a dangerous new attack on women's reproductive rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "The #GOPTaxScam gave massive tax breaks to the wealthy and now Republicans plan on slashing Medicare and Social Security to make up for the swelling deficit. One way to stop Republicans from doing this is to vote them out!" (twitter.com)
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  • "RT if you stand w/@HillaryClinton & want a #SCOTUS who will defend women's choice, marriage equality, & campaign finance reform #ImWithHer" (twitter.com)
  • "Republicans claim they want to advance tax reform to help the middle class, but this budget does the opposite. The budget blueprint passed today supports cuts to Pell Grants and student loan programs. It continues the assault on health care by slashing Medicare and Medicaid by a combined $1.47 trillion over ten years while prolonging the failed Republican pursuit of repealing the Affordable Care Act. It cuts $653 billion from social safety net programs like SNAP, TANF, and SSI. The resolution also threatens our environmental health by fast-tracking consideration of legislation to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Lastly, this budget highlights Republican hypocrisy, raising the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years and paving the way for a rigged tax plan that gives the top one percent of earners 80 percent of the tax cuts while increasing taxes for 47 million others. Once again, we see how Republican talking points and policies don't add up for the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's so-called tax reform plan, which is full of vague promises, rigs the system to benefit the wealthy. We should know by now that "trickle down' economics is a myth which allows the rich to get richer while causing middle-class families to fall further behind." (votesmart.org)
  • "Of the 50,000 constituents in my district who itemize their taxes, the majority earns less than $75,000 per year. Thousands of teachers are able to deduct expenses they incur to buy supplies for their classrooms. Students deduct interest on their loans. The sick and disabled deduct medical expenses. Taxpayers in my district reduce their burden by more than $1.4 billion every year with these deductions and others. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Do not be fooled by the "trickle-down' rhetoric and the brackets in the GOP's plan. Thirty-six million middle-class Americans will see a tax hike in this bill. Thousands of them live in my district." (votesmart.org)
  • "In theory, a balanced budget amendment is a good idea. I operated under a balanced budget amendment for 20 years when I was in the State Legislature. But this is not about fiscal responsibility; this is all smoke and mirrors by the Republicans in an attempt to cover up the nearly $2 trillion in deficits caused by their tax scam for the wealthy and ballooning defense spending. It will also help Republicans justify deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and other critical safety net programs." (votesmart.org)
  • "With this "Job Cuts and Tax Scam' bill, the GOP, to paraphrase Clint Eastwood, is pissing on our boots and calling it rain. Republicans have crafted a bill that will cost $2.2 trillion, increase the deficit by at least $1 trillion, and target the social safety net that serves at-risk communities like District 1. Thirteen million Americans will lose health care coverage, $25 billion in Medicare cuts begin next month, Medicaid slashes are in the crosshairs, and student loan fees will double. State and local programs will likely be on the chopping block because of the reduction in revenues." (votesmart.org)
  • "Betsy DeVos is a billionaire with no experience in public education. She didn't go to public school, didn't send her children to public school, and wants to rob the public schools in District One of their few existing resources. She has been accused of plagiarizing speeches in her confirmation hearings and has provided Americans with no evidence that she's prepared to do the job as Education Secretary. District One students are among the 205,000 Southern Nevada children who qualify for free or reduced lunch. They are the ones who will be left further and further behind if she is confirmed." (votesmart.org)
  • "Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "In Washington, I am working to promote the development of clean, renewable energy on our public lands, so that Nevada can continue to grow as a leader in the clean energy industry. We have already seen major commercial solar projects be built in Southern Nevada. With SB 123 and the continued commitment from the Administration to approve energy development projects on our federal lands, I am confident that Nevada can be a model for many of our neighboring states. It is fitting that the President plans to visit Nevada to outline the details of the historic Clean Power Plan, and I look forward to welcoming him back to our great state." (votesmart.org)
  • "With this legislation Nevada can continue developing as one of the nation's leading renewable energy markets," Rep. Titus said. "This bill will give the federal government the ability to deploy renewable energy resources in a 21st Century framework that allows us to battle climate change and grow our economy. The nation cannot afford to waste any more rays of sunshine, plumes of steam, and gusts of wind." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "This is just another example of Trump thinking the rules do not apply to his administration. The Trump Administration thinks that big, expensive border walls will make us safer. What it doesn't understand is that ignoring vital environmental protections will jeopardize the health of workers, communities, and ecosystems. The National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Solid Waste Disposal Act, among dozens of others targeted by these waivers, are the first line of defense to protect our planet. Flouting these statutes ignores the wellbeing of Americans and the well documented need for those laws." (votesmart.org)
  • "Following the 1 October tragedy in my district, I vowed to study and draft solutions with members on both sides of the aisle to prevent future acts of gun violence in our nation's communities," Congresswoman Titus said. "Since then, Reps. Fitzpatrick, Kildee, Trott and I have developed a bipartisan bill to regulate bump stocks or similar devices the same as machine guns and the deadliest of weapons. I believe the majority of Americans would agree: Anyone who wants a device that modifies a firearm to shoot hundreds of rounds per minute should undergo thorough background checks and oversight. Congress must take meaningful action to address this national epidemic. We cannot stand in silence any longer." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need action and we need leadership that will: restore the assault weapons ban, ensure that bump stocks and similar devices are prohibited, establish universal background checks, and allow CDC researchers to study the societal impacts of gun violence, among other sensible proposals. Republican leaders and the gun lobby cannot ignore these tragedies any longer. Every day our friends, family members, and neighbors are dying from preventable gun violence. This year more children have died at school than have service members on the battlefield. Trump has said that he is not afraid of the NRA; yet instead of promoting real solutions, he is pushing to arm teachers for the benefit of gun manufacturers." (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to fight for common sense gun reform to protect our youth and #EndGunViolence. #NationalSchoolWalkout #VegasStrong" (twitter.com)
  • "In recent mass shootings in Las Vegas, Texas, and Florida, shooters used an assault weapon. Families in my district know all too well the power of these weapons in dangerous hands. They know that semi-automatic firearms with high-capacity feeding devices and military features are not necessary for sporting or self-defense. Congress has a duty to ensure the health and safety of the American people. These weapons of war have no place in our classrooms, concert venues, movie theaters, churches, and communities." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I urged Nevada's senators and all other lawmakers in Congress to oppose the latest version of Trumpcare," Rep. Titus said. "The Senate's version is just as callous and shameless as the House's disastrous bill. It will eliminate vital care in order to shift billions of dollars to the wealthiest Americans. The repercussions of this law, just to make the rich even richer, are unimaginable. States will have fewer resources and millions will lose their health care as a result." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "Senate Republican leaders are more concerned about appeasing President Trump than they are with protecting those who rely on the Affordable Care Act. The vote they want to bring to the floor is like a game of Russian roulette -- no one knows what the result will be. The majority of people in my district know the price is too high and the risk is too great. It is time the Republicans stop threatening the healthcare of millions and work with Democrats to find solutions that will improve lives rather than wreak havoc." (votesmart.org)
  • "This Republican measure is not a bill to reauthorize CHIP. It is a bill that attacks the ACA by gutting funding and taking away health insurance," Rep. Titus said. "This misguided bill steals $1.7 million from Nevada next year and kicks 688,000 people off their insurance plans. It takes vaccinations away from children, eliminates cancer screenings, rolls back services for opioid addiction, and eradicates other outreach efforts. When I was a State Senator I introduced the bill to create CHIP in Nevada and during my time in Congress I have advocated for fully funding the program without having to pit children against their families. Republicans need to start worrying about how we improve our nation's health care system and stop worrying about pushing Trump's anti-health agenda through Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • "Trumpcare's latest iteration is a tortured attempt to keep a bad bill on life support. It offers Americans higher premiums and less coverage; high-risk pools for sick Americans and less financial assistance for working families. Thanks to Ted Cruz, the bill even offers plans that don't comply with the law. There will be steep cuts and a phase out to Medicaid with no reasonable solutions to help serve the most vulnerable people in our nation. It is no surprise the bill is so bad. There have been no hearings, debates, or public input to openly discuss the legislation. No senator in good conscience can advance this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • "This is just another example of Trump thinking the rules do not apply to his administration. The Trump Administration thinks that big, expensive border walls will make us safer. What it doesn't understand is that ignoring vital environmental protections will jeopardize the health of workers, communities, and ecosystems. The National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Solid Waste Disposal Act, among dozens of others targeted by these waivers, are the first line of defense to protect our planet. Flouting these statutes ignores the wellbeing of Americans and the well documented need for those laws." (votesmart.org)
  • "Like Trump's executive order on the Affordable Care Act, his statement on building a border wall is short on facts. It is a stunt to galvanize his supporters and a transparent attempt to boost his low poll numbers," Rep. Titus said. "Meantime, I am working to ensure DREAMers can remain in this country and will continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressional Republicans should realize that using DREAMers as a bargaining chip to fund the President's ineffective and unnecessary border wall, while standing silently by as he overruns the Constitution with his xenophobic immigration policies, results in nothing but failure." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today is a disappointment for our nation and another Trump Administration transgression. While the courts have prevented the worst from happening, we know that in the coming months thousands of DACA recipients will be at risk while they wait for renewals and potentially lose work authorizations. Congressional action is the only fix for the 800,000 young dreamers who call this country home. We cannot fail the students, entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers, lawyers, and taxpayers who make our communities and country better places. These folks are not bargaining chips or political pawns. They are human beings who deserve to be treated with dignity -- not pariahs forced to live in the shadows." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform so families across the country and in Nevada can come out of the shadows, legally work, go to school, and contribute to the only community they call home." (votesmart.org)
  • "This latest move from Attorney General Sessions and the Trump Administration is a direct attack on the State of Nevada, sovereign tribal governments, and the rights of people in states, tribes, and territories all across the United States," said Congresswoman Dina Titus, a founding member of the House Cannabis Caucus. "The decision to rescind the Cole and Wilkinson memos undermines Nevada's $622 million dollar industry, threatens nearly $1 billion in new investments, and jeopardizes thousands of new jobs and more than $60 million dollars in tax revenue for the State. It also targets veterans using medical marijuana to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and children with epilepsy, subjecting them to possible federal prosecution for seeking legal treatments for their ailments. Congress must immediately respond by passing permanent protections like the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act (H.R. 975 Rohrabacher-Blumenauer-Titus)." (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why I am co-sponsoring a bill to de-schedule marijuana and regulate it like alcohol." (twitter.com)
  • "Nevada has shown that regulating marijuana like alcohol works. It is time the nation follows our state's lead by removing cannabis from all schedules of the Controlled Substances Act and setting up a framework to guide businesses and consumers. The majority of Americans are sick of the federal government stoking fear and ignoring the dangers of the black market." (votesmart.org)
  • "Sean Spicer's warning that the U.S. Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws against the sale and use of recreational marijuana is concerning at a time when Nevada and other states are beginning to develop this industry," Rep. Titus said. "Such comments from the White House underscore the need for Congress to step up and protect the interests of the states that have chosen to regulate marijuana like alcohol. This is clearly in keeping with public sentiment nationally. I'll continue to work with my colleagues in Washington, D.C. to protect the interests of Nevadans from any targeting by the Trump Administration." (votesmart.org)
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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.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Should Nevada government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and civil rights in Nevada.

a) The Nevada government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
b) The Nevada government should provide no affirmative action programs.
No c) Do you believe that the Nevada government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Yes d) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be added to Nevada's anti-discrimination laws?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children and family issues in Nevada.

X a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
X b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
X c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Nevada.

X a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
X b) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
X c) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
X d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
X f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
X g) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
X h) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
X i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
X k) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
l) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
m) Limit the number of appeals allowed for inmates on death row.
X n) Strengthen "victims' rights" laws to enable victims to recover more damages from offenders.
o) Support the concept of equally applied punishment for the same crime for all persons regardless of age, gender, or race.
X p) Support contracting with private sector firms to manage state prisons.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Nevada.

X a) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
X b) Provide state funding for military-style "boot camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
X c) Increase state funding for local community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
X d) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
X e) Allow courts to hold parents accountable for a minor child who violates the law.
X f) Allow cities to impose curfews for minors in high crime areas.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Nevada's economic development.

X a) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
X b) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling.
X d) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production and interest rates.
f) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
X g) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
h) Implement "right to work" legislation that allows employees to work without joining a union or paying union dues.
i) Curtail legalized gambling in Nevada.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Nevada's education system.

X a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
X c) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
X e) Implement charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
f) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
X g) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
h) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
j) Require high school students to perform community service as a graduation requirement.
No k) Should the Clark County School District be split into smaller districts?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Nevada's environment and natural resources.m) Which level of government do you believe should have primary responsibility for environmental regulation in Nevada?

X a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Nevada.
X b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
X e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Nevada.
X f) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend Nevada's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
X h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
X i) Require state residents to conserve water by limiting the use of water for lawns and gardens.
X j) The Endangered Species Act should continue to require property owners to protect threatened plants and animals on their land.
k) The Endangered Species Act should be amended to provide incentives to encourage property owners to protect threatened plants and animals on their land.
No l) Do you support the selection of Yucca Mountain in southwest Nevada as a storage site for used nuclear fuel?
X Federal
X State
X Local
Yes a) Do you support the law, to take effect in 2006, that will limit Nevada's State Representatives to twelve years in office?
Yes b) Do you support the law, to take effect in 2008, that will limit Nevada's State Senators to twelve years in office?
Yes c) Do you support the current law that limits Nevada's Governor to two, four-year terms?
Yes d) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yes e) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes f) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes g) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes h) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yes i) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
No j) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yes k) Do you support imposing a fine on legislators who do not provide campaign contribution information in a timely manner?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
X c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
X f) Continue to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Nevada's health care system.

X a) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
X b) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
X c) Ensure that Nevada citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
X f) Request a waiver from the federal government to provide Medicaid services through managed care programs.

Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.

a) Abortion
b) Affirmative Action
Maintain Status c) Agriculture
Slightly Increase d) AIDS Programs
Greatly Increase e) Education
Slightly Increase f) Environment
Slightly Increase g) Health Care
Slightly Increase h) Law Enforcement
Slightly Increase i) State Employee Salaries
Slightly Decrease j) Welfare

Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning Nevada's tax levels. Select one option only.

Maintain Status a) Alcohol Taxes
Maintain Status b) Business Taxes
c) Capital Gains Taxes
Maintain Status d) Gaming Taxes
Maintain Status e) Property Taxes
Maintain Status f) Sales Taxes
Maintain Status g) State Fees
No h) Would you support a state income tax in Nevada?
i) Do you support a flat tax structure for a state income tax, should one be enacted?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Nevada's welfare system.

X a) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
X b) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
X c) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
d) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
e) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
X h) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
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