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Emanuel Cleaver II's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Emanuel Cleaver II has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2022 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Missouri Congressional Election 2022 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes Do you support expanding federal funding to support social safety net programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations,unions, and individuals?
Yes Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
Yes Do you support increasing defense spending?
When necessary to continue to protect our country.
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
Yes Do you support the federal government taking action, beyond those of the Federal Reserve, to alleviate inflation?
I voted for the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act.
Yes Do you support the forgiveness of federal student loan debt?
Yes Do you support requiring a government-issued identification in order to vote at the polls?
This is a state matter. Yes to identification as long as there are not barriers or costs associated with obtaining an ID. I recall my for colleague and friend former Congressman Ike Skelton (MO-4) mentioning to me that because of his polio he did not have a drivers license, and thus without another mechanism to obtain an ID he would be prevented from voting. Our elections must continue to remain secure while balancing fair and open access to the poll for voters.
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes, if balanced with economic concerns.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support a government-run (single-payer) healthcare program, such as Medicare-for-All?
Yes Do you support expanding paid family AND/OR medical leave opportunities?
Yes Do you support lowering the cost of prescription drugs?
Yes Do you support increasing security along the southern US border?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Comprehensive immigration policy reform is needed which addresses the concerns at the borders, as well as those that are in our country without documentation.
Yes Do you support economic intervention as a means of resolving international conflicts?
Yes Do you support the U.S. providing increased offensive military aid to Ukraine?
No Do you support raising taxes, on any income or on any entity, to promote economic growth?
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
Generally yes, provided that labor and environmental protects are in place. Our trade policies must support our country's economy and the corresponding jobs.
Once re-elected I will continue to focus on improving our community and region by returning investments home in infrastructure projects, job creation and economic growth. As the Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House's Financial Services Committee I will continue to work for affordable and accessible housing policies.

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