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Dina Titus' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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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." (
  • "RT if you stand w/@HillaryClinton & want a #SCOTUS who will defend women's choice, marriage equality, & campaign finance reform #ImWithHer" (
  • Rated 10% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "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!" (
  • Rated 97% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • ".@GovSandoval vetoed Sprinklecare. We need Medicare for all now more than ever." (
  • "We must never privatize Social Security nor voucherize Medicare, two programs seniors have earned and deserve." (
  • "Corporations are not people and should not be allowed to steal our elections; to stop them we must reform our campaign finance laws." (
  • "RT if you stand w/@HillaryClinton & want a #SCOTUS who will defend women's choice, marriage equality, & campaign finance reform #ImWithHer" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "You can't prevent institutional injustices with window dressing. That's why I voted to pass the bold, historic #JusticeInPolicing Act. It bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants, limits qualified immunity, and makes it easier to prosecute those who disgrace their uniform." (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "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." (
  • "The administration's budget blueprint is a roadmap to disaster that will rob domestic programs and dismantle the EPA in order to increase military spending by $54 billion." (
  • "We cannot afford, nor can we risk kicking this can down an already deteriorated road. It is time for Congress to step up, to come together, and to offer real solutions that invest in our future." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "We must strengthen our federal, state, and local transportation and infrastructure programs to invest in smart growth projects that increase the safety and efficiency of our area roadways and transit systems, conserve and protect our environment, and increase job and economic opportunities. That is why I am championing policies that will ensure that our local leaders have more of a say over how our federal infrastructure dollars are being spent." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 10% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "We need an enormous recovery package to bring relief to families, workers, and small businesses -- and that is exactly what we have passed," said Congresswoman Titus (NV-1). "So many families in Southern Nevada are struggling right now and I want them to know that some help is on the way." (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "We must reform No Child Left Behind so children have access to quality teachers and schools and can fulfill their God-given potential." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • "The President's announcement of the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants is vital to addressing the threat of global climate change," said Titus. "In Southern Nevada we are already seeing long-term, severe drought conditions in the Colorado River Basin threatening Lake Mead, which supplies 90% of our region's drinking water." (
  • Rated 89% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "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." (
  • "I will continue to fight for common sense gun reform to protect our youth and #EndGunViolence. #NationalSchoolWalkout #VegasStrong" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "Over the next two years, I'll continue fighting for policies, like paid sick leave and paid family leave, that empower middle class families and give our working parents the tools they need to be both productive employees at the workplace and successful parents back at home," Titus concluded." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write to express our support for providing American workers across this country with 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave that is sustainable, affordable, and inclusive." (
  • "We're providing increased funds so that health care facilities will have the resources they need; we are expanding paid leave, unemployment benefits, and meals for seniors and students." (
  • Rated 15% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "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." (
  • "I stopped listening to the details of Trump's new immigration plan after I heard it didn't include a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers," said Congresswoman Titus (NV-1). "I'll continue to fight for the simple idea that the symbol of the United States of America should remain the Statue of Liberty, not an ineffective border wall." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (
  • "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." (
  • "I stopped listening to the details of Trump's new immigration plan after I heard it didn't include a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers," said Congresswoman Titus (NV-1). "I'll continue to fight for the simple idea that the symbol of the United States of America should remain the Statue of Liberty, not an ineffective border wall." (
  • Rated 15% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Today's vote on the Iran deal is the most difficult I have cast since being in Congress. I struggled between going with my heart and listening to my head. My heart told me this was not a good deal. We gave away too much, too soon, to a country too tied to terrorism. My heart went out to my Jewish friends who feel, and rightly so, that Iran is a sworn enemy of Israel. And my heart aches for our servicemen and women because I fear, despite the rhetoric, that we are more likely to be engaged in conventional warfare with Iran than in a nuclear war." (
  • "In order for the U.S. to maintain a credible leadership role in the international community, the President must operate from a position of strength should he need to bring our partners back to the table to reimpose sanctions or, God forbid, lead them into battle if Iran violates the terms of the agreement. That is why I am voting yes." (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Rather than meeting our obligations under the agreement and holding Iran accountable, we are creating confusion, jeopardizing our allies, and giving Iran justification for reneging on its nuclear deal commitments. This is a major diplomatic mistake. Why would anyone trust us to keep our word in the future?" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (
  • "This trade bill is an improvement over NAFTA, but it is far from perfect," said Congresswoman Titus (NV-1). "The Trump Administration's original proposal would have undermined workers and locked in sky high drug prices, and I'm only able to vote for the renegotiated version because of the meaningful improvements made by Speaker Pelosi, labor leaders, and progressive Senators. As revised, USMCA will boost international travel and tourism to Las Vegas and give us new tools to enforce stronger labor standards among our trading partners. Going forward, when entering into trade agreements, we must do even more to put working people and the planet first." (
  • "When done properly, expanded trade can create good-paying jobs, strengthen our middle class, and grow our economy. But history shows that without strong protections in place, trade deals tilt the playing field in favor of big corporations at the expense of American workers. Past trade agreements have failed to uphold key environmental protections and labor standards abroad leading to significant job loss and falling wages here at home. Instead of fast-tracking another trade deal that hurts working families, let's pump the brakes and stop repeating the mistakes of the past." (
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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