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Keith Ellison's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Attorney General (MN), Democratic/Farmer/Labor

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Keith Ellison has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood (votesmart.org)
  • "Forty-three years after Roe v. Wade, women are still fighting for their right to choose. Today's Supreme Court ruling will keep dozens of women's health clinics open, and help ensure that retrogressive, anti-choice laws don't get between a woman and her health by closing clinics in Texas and around the country. And that's a victory for all women and all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • "The top 2 percent can afford to contribute more, but this bill ensures that middle class Americans are not asked to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Asking the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans to permanently pay their fair share is a positive step, as are modest increases in tax rates on money earned on Wall Street, and the phasing out of exemptions for the richest 2 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax breaks for billionaires don’t create jobs. The George W. Bush Presidency and the Republican recession are proof of that. Giving rich people more money just for being rich does nothing to help the economy, in fact, serves only to exacerbate our problems. No amount of Republican rhetoric can change that fact." (ellison.house.gov)
  • "Remaking the tax code the way Chairman Camp is proposing would concentrate more power and wealth in the hands of a few instead of investing it in America's working families. Tax reform is one of the country's best chances to make sure big corporations and wealthy individuals begin to pay their fair share." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Our economy depends on our ability to get where we need to, when we need to, quickly and affordably. Creating safe, inexpensive, and reliable transportation options is one of Keith's top priorities in Congress. Keith supports substantially increasing investment in our crumbling transportation and water infrastructure to create good-paying construction jobs and address an urgent national need." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm in favor of cutting the taxes of Americans who are struggling hard every day to put food on the table for their family. That's who I think needs the tax cut." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I voted to provide tax relief for thousands of working Minnesota families. 97% of families and small businesses across America will benefit from these tax cuts, with a typical family saving approximately $1,000 per year." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a cosponsor of the Student Achievement and Successful Schools Act of 2007. H.R.1169, introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum, expresses the sense within Congress that full funding should be provided to schools to allow them to satisfy the federal mandates required under NCLB." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "I have serious concerns about authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline—which would cause the same carbon dioxide emissions as over 37 million passenger cars—in any circumstance." (ellison.house.gov)
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "We must make strategic investments in green technologies, provide strong incentives for companies to act responsibly, and make it more affordable for American families to adopt Earth-friendly lifestyle choices." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" (votesmart.org)
  • " […] Keith continues to advocate for policies such as cap and trade that reduce our carbon footprint and transition away from fossil fuel use." (votesmart.org)
  • "No religion justifies such a senseless act of terror. All decent people must condemn this hateful act that claimed the lives of 50 people and injured 53 more. Sadly, Orlando has now joined Aurora, Charleston, Newtown, Oak Creek, and many other communities rocked by gun violence. This is yet another reminder that Congress must pass meaningful, common-sense gun reforms that include a ban on assault weapons, which have no place in civilian hands. Members of Congress must stand up to the NRA." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act is an important first step in a longer effort to fix our broken health care system and to guarantee quality, affordable coverage for every American." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Keith supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes: a clear path to citizenship to those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes; expedited process for family reunification; and workable employment verification system with strict penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. Keith also supports the DREAM Act, which increases access to higher education for the children of immigrants and gives them an opportunity to succeed and give back to their communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • "Any military action against ISIL must be led by Iraqis and Syrians. The amendment passed today allows for the training and support of vetted Syrian groups. It ensures training will not take place in Syria -- keeping American troops away from the battlefield. The amendment also brings a previously secret operation to help the rebels into the light and ensures the process of aiding them is more transparent." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's proposal to fight ISIL fails to meet minimal expectations for political, economic and diplomatic solutions that will be vital to ending hostilities." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans have been trying to dismantle Social Security ever since President Roosevelt proposed it during the Great Depression. We should not try to bargain for their good will with policies that hurt our seniors, especially since they've been unwilling to reduce tax loopholes for millionaires and wealthy corporations by so much as a dime." (votesmart.org)
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.
Pro-choice a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
No b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yes c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yes d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
No e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) SpendingIndicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.2) TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Greatly Increase b) Arts
Greatly Decrease c) Defense
Slightly Increase 1) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decrease 2) Military hardware
Greatly Decrease 3) National missile defense
Greatly Increase 4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase 5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status 6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase d) Education
Greatly Increase e) Environment
Slightly Increase f) Homeland security
Greatly Increase g) International aid
Slightly Increase h) Medical research
Slightly Increase i) Scientific research
Maintain Status j) Space exploration
Slightly Increase k) United Nations
Slightly Increase l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Slightly Increase a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increase b) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increase c) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increase d) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increase e) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decrease f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decrease g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increase h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
No 3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No 4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
Yes 5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
No b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yes c) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yes d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yes e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yes b) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No c) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yes d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
No e) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yes f) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes b) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yes c) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yes d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
No e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yes b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yes c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
No d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yes e) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yes b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yes c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yes d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
No e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yes f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
No g) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
No b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
No c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yes d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yes b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
No c) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
No d) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yes e) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
No b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
No c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
No d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
No b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yes c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
No d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yes e) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yes f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yes g) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yes h) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
No i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
No a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yes b) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yes c) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
No d) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Congressman Ellison's top legislative priorities include economic prosperity for working families, peace at home and abroad, environmental sustainability, and civil and human rights.

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