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Tammy Baldwin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Tammy Baldwin 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.

  • Signed a letter stating: "Thank you for your courage and determination in defeating S.B. 5, a bill that would have severely limited women's reproductive choices in Texas. Your steadfastness sets an example that one person's voice and commitment can make a difference. As Senators, we were awestruck as we watched you stand on the Senate floor of the Texas Legislature for hours in the face of ideologically based attempts to pass legislation that would threaten women's health. Thanks to your dedication, Texas and the rest of the country will rethink efforts to enact similar laws. We are proud to call you an ally and a friend." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • "Tammy believes that Wisconsin working families need a tax cut and that we need to make our tax system simpler and fairer for Wisconsin small businesses and manufacturers. But when Washington had the opportunity to reform our complicated tax code, special interests called the shots and pushed through a partisan tax law that puts the wealthy and corporations first. More than 80% of the new tax breaks will go to the wealthiest 1% and big corporations like Exxon, Wells Fargo and pharmaceutical corporations like Pfizer. These corporations are being gifted billions of dollars as a result of the new tax law even though they were already making massive profits. Here in Wisconsin, after Kimberly-Clark received their tax break, they announced layoffs for over 600 Wisconsin workers who created strong profits for the company." (
  • "Ms. BALDWIN. Mr. President, I rise today to speak in opposition to my Republican colleagues who are once again bringing forward a political attack on the freedom of American women to make their own personal health care decisions. Instead of focusing on improving access to health care for women, Republicans are pursuing a divisive policy that jeopardizes women's health and puts politicians and the government between a woman and her doctor." (
  • "Funding the Department of Defense to protect our homeland and support our troops in harm's way is a key responsibility of Congress that I take very seriously. Our troops and their families deserve our thanks and our respect for their work and their sacrifices and our full commitment to their emotional and physical well-being. I support many provisions in this bill, including pay increases for our servicemen and women and funding for suicide prevention. However, I could not support the bill as written because it continues to fund the war in Afghanistan. I have said repeatedly that our engagement there should have ended when our stated mission was accomplished. I continue to press to bring all of our troops home as quickly as is safely possible and redirect the roughly $2 billion we spend in Afghanistan each week to balance our budget and strengthen our economy here at home." (
  • "Tammy is taking on these special interests and their politicians by pushing for reforms that fight against dark money and unlimited corporate donations to political campaigns. The DISCLOSE Act would require super PACs to reveal who their big donors are and also crack down on foreign interference in our elections. Tammy also joined the We The People Act, which would require disclosure of all special interest campaign donations, permanently ban lobbying by former Members of Congress, and put real limits on political campaign spending." (
  • "Tammy is ready to get to work on a bipartisan plan that makes a real investment in local efforts to create jobs, rebuild Wisconsin’s roads and bridges, and drive economic growth." (
  • "Tammy took action and introduced tax reform to eliminate this loophole and make sure those at the top pay their fair share. As middle class families live paycheck-to-paycheck, Tammy continues to stand up against Washington gifting Wall Street more tax breaks." (
  • Voted in opposition to PN 37 – Nomination of Elisabeth Prince DeVos to be Secretary of Education. (
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are writing regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule setting blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. We urge you to ensure that the final rule promote growth in the U.S. biofuel sector and capture economic opportunity rather than drive investment overseas." (
  • Signed a letter stating : "We applaud the President's leadership in continuing to implement the Climate Action Plan (CAP) which is central to the United States achieving its international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The CAP has many important pieces, including reducing emissions of methane--a short-lived but potent climate pollutant." (
  • "I joined with my colleagues on the floor when Senator Murphy of Connecticut held the floor for 15 hours to draw attention to two commonsense amendments that would have limited that easy access to a weapon of war by closing a loophole that allows so many of our firearms purchases to occur without a proper background check and to close something we are calling the terror gap, which would allow the FBI the authority to deny gun purchases to people who are on a watch list, suspected of connections with terrorism. Those measures gained a vote in the Senate last night, but both failed to advance. " (
  • "Tammy took these lessons to heart and championed important reforms in the Affordable Care Act." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As your Committee considers fiscal year 2019 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we ask you to reject President Trump's FY19 funding request for a costly and ineffective border wall, new Border Patrol agents, and a large increase in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel and detention beds" (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write to urge you to pass the Dream Act as soon as possible and before the Senate recesses for the holidays. There is bipartisan support for Dreamers who have grown up as Americans and know only this country as their home. They are enrolled in our colleges, serving in our military, contributing to our economy and leading lawful, productive lives. It has been over two months since President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") program and we have yet to see a Republican legislative plan to fix DACA. As mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers, we are particularly concerned about the harm immigrant women and young children face with the rescission of DACA. " (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write today alarmed by the reported contents of your administration's forthcoming Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). If reports are accurate, your NPR would undermine decades of U.S. leadership on efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons. Your puroported plans to develop new, more usable low-yield nuclear weapons and reintroduce Cold War-era weapons systems are unnecessary to maintain deterrence and are destabilizing." (
  • "The legislation adopted today keeps us on a path to a long term commitment in Afghanistan that I and a majority of Americans oppose. It is time to bring our troops home safely from Afghanistan." (

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