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Jim Clyburn's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (SC) - District 6


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Jim Clyburn did not provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2022 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 2022.

  • "We should have codified Roe v. Wade into law years ago. @RepJudyChu ought to be commended for her steadfast commitment to this issue and I hope we pass the Women's Health Protection Act in the upcoming weeks." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • "Today is the 46th anniversary of #RoevWade, where@SCOTUS made the landmark decision recognizing that women have the right to make their own health decisions. We must keep fighting to protect women's rights so that they can continue to have access to reproductive health care." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • "Social Security isn't an 'entitlement.' It's the insurance hard-working Americans have paid for with every paycheck. The Social Security 2100 Act ensures this earned benefit will be available for the current generation of retirees and the generations to come. #Secure2100" (
  • "We must close the Medicaid coverage gap. Securing health care for low-income uninsured Americans will help break the cycle of health inequity." (
  • "Thanks to Democrats' expansion of the Child Tax Credit, working families in SC received a $246.7 million tax cut last month. That's money for food, housing, child care, and more. Eligible families ought to visit by November 15 to claim theirs." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "In the 5 yrs since #SCOTUS gutted the VRA, states have made it harder for millions of Americans to vote. Russia attacked our election. Secret money is flooding the system & the culture of corruption is alive & well in the Trump Administration #RestoreTheVote #RestoreTheVRA (1/2)" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 95% by End Citizens United. (
  • "The problem is qualified immunity has always been absolute immunity. When I consult the law dictionary, qualified means partial, it means limited. It doesn't mean absolute. We need to find out where we can get between what is today & the elimination, which is what I would want." (
  • "H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the epidemic of police brutality and unequal justice. It makes structural changes to our law enforcement institutions to increase transparency and hold bad actors accountable. It reforms policing by banning chokeholds, no-knock warrants, and discriminatory profiling based on race and religion. It holds law enforcement officials accountable by eliminating qualified immunity, establishing a misconduct registry, and collecting data on transgressions. It authorizes grants to help reimagine policing and makes lynching a federal hate crime." (
  • ""The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act over two months ago, and we continue to call on the Senate to take up this bipartisan bill without delay," said Whip Clyburn. This legislation gives us an opportunity to live up to what Alexis de Tocqueville observed about America's greatness when he wrote, "America is not great because it is more enlightened than any other nation, but rather because it has always been able to repair its faults.' It is long overdue for us to repair some faults in our policing system and apply the greatness of America equitably to all of our citizens."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "Tonight the House passed critical bipartisan legislation to keep Americans safe and support our servicemembers. The #FY22NDAA will help deliver results for survivors of military sexual assault, advance our technological potential, and secure our position on the world stage." (
  • "Pleased to see the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2022 pass the House tonight. This legislation takes significant steps to combat military sexual assault, invest in our servicemembers, and fulfill our Congressional duty to ensure the security of our nation." (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "Good news: The Infrastructure Law will provide $17 billion for hundreds of projects to repair our ports, harbors and inland waterways, including over $12.2 million for 4 SC projects. This critical funding will strengthen our water infrastructure and create good-paying jobs." (
  • "The #AmericanRescuePlan, coupled with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, marks a historic commitment to make high-speed Internet accessible and affordable for all. We are already delivering on this commitment, and there is much more to come." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "The 1st round of the Paycheck Protection Program was grossly inequitable. Because of Democrats' advocacy, the House approved improvements providing access for underserved businesses. More must be done to ensure equity in all COVID-19 relief efforts." (
  • "Americans cannot afford any more delays in getting them much needed COVID relief. The American Rescue Plan will help defeat the virus, put money in pockets, get children safely back to school, and get Americans back to work. I look forward to passing it in the House next week." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "Investing in clean energy will create good-paying jobs and help us tackle the climate crisis. @AppropsDems and all @HouseDemocrats are fighting for #ClimateActionNow." (
  • "Tourism and fishing economies on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts depend on clean water and healthy beaches. Offshore drilling threatens that. It's time to invest in renewable energy technologies and build sustainable economies. #ProtectOurCoast" (
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservative Voters. (
  • "I have always strongly opposed offshore drilling along South Carolina's coast. Tourism is one of our state's largest and most profitable industries, and we cannot afford to risk destroying our beaches and coastal environments. Drilling for oil and natural gas can permanently contaminate and injure our vital coastal ecosystems. I firmly believe that Congress should act swiftly to block this dangerous expansion of offshore drilling and I am thankful to have a fierce new ally in Representative Joe Cunningham fighting with me to protect the environment and our state's natural beauty." (
  • "Now more than ever, we see how necessary clean energy is to our future. Thanks to @POTUS ' Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Democrats are making historic investments to cut toxic pollution. This #EarthDay @HouseDemocrats remain committed to taking action to fight the #ClimateCrisis." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • "I am pleased by the House votes today in support of common-sense measures to close loopholes that have enabled the transfer of weapons to people who are not eligible to own them. The passage of these two landmark pieces of legislation responds to the concerns of more than 90 percent of the American people, including many gunowners, who support background checks before the sale of firearms." (
  • "No one wants to take law-abiding citizens' guns away. That's not what gun reform is about. It's about keeping firearms out of the hands of those that ought not have them. Universal background checks and closing the Charleston Loophole will help ensure that. #JointSession" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • "Dreamers are our neighbors, friends, colleagues, and classmates. They fully contribute to our economy and are vital to what makes this country great. Their #HomeIsHere and the Dream Act will ensure that they can call America home, permanently." (
  • "The #NoBanAct will prevent xenophobic acts, like the Trump Administration's Muslim Ban, from ever becoming law again. Our nation was built on freedom from religious persecution. It's time we return to the foundation of our democracy & get the No Ban Act to the President's desk." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (
  • "This President's trade war w/ China is hurting Americans. It's forcing Boeing to cut production for the second time at its SC facility that employs 7,000. It's time we address China's unfair trade practices w/ a strategy that benefits Americans." (
  • "The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA): -Will boost the economy -Support workers -Protect the environment -And improve access to affordable prescription drugs It's a win for Americans and a model for future trade agreements." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (

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