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Yvette Clarke's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Yvette Clarke 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

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  • "Congresswoman Clarke has been a strong advocate for critical services that support women’s reproductive rights. As such, she has earned high ratings from both Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America due to her votes against legislation that would place restrictions on abortion rights, such as the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2011, which would have prohibited federal funds from being used to cover abortions." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (
  • "As we mark the 49th anniversary of Roe v Wade, let us not forget that reproductive freedom is under unprecedented attack. That is why I am a proud Co-sponsor of H.R.3755; Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • "Roe v. Wade stood for 50 years before the vicious and delusional partisans of today’s Supreme Court voted against precedent, against the wishes of 4 out of 5 Americans, and against morality. Outrage is not enough. We will not stand for this." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • Rated 100% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (
  • "Our country could afford to create Social Security during the Great Depression. We can afford to protect and expand it now. #SocSec83" (
  • "For 82 years, Social Security has provided older Americans with stability and security. We must protect it. #SocSec82" (
  • "We must end qualified immunity." (
  • "The George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act holds officers ACCOUNTABLE. They must be responsible to the communities that they swore to protect and serve. It’s time to change the culture of policing in America. It’s time to pass the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021" (
  • "As we remember the life of our dear brother #GeorgeFloyd on the first anniversary of his death, our commitment to comprehensive police reform — inclusive of ending qualified immunity — is stronger than ever. It is beyond time for action; it is beyond time for change!" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Moving Forward Act" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5376 "Build Back Better Act" (
  • "Do you want to grow the economy? Invest in workers & small businesses. Not in tax cuts for the super-rich." (
  • "I am very proud to reintroduce the Energy Resilient Communities Act with @RepBarragan This important legislation will support the creation of resilient and equitable clean energy systems across the nation and create more clean energy jobs!" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" (
  • "Tonight, I voted to keep the government open and for covid relief for families and small businesses. It’s unfair for us to shut the government down when we have constituents who don’t know where their next meal is coming from." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "I’m proud to ring in the historic 117th Congress alongside my colleagues. I took my 8th Oath of Office to serve my community— #NY09. In these challenging times, I will continue to fight for COVID relief and uphold progressive values to make our great nation stronger than ever." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5376 “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” (
  • "The Inflation Reduction Act does so much beyond its name: lower costs, job creation, bold and imperative investments in fighting the climate crisis — that’s how you Build Back Better!" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7688 “Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act” (
  • "Student debt is an avalanche readying to collapse on the American people in a matter of weeks. It doesn’t have to! @POTUS has the power to stop it. And he must use use it." (
  • "In just a month, the Student Debt Moratorium will end and the floodgates of a financial crisis will open. Families and individuals, young folks and old — student debt is an impossible burden to so many. @POTUS, protect the futures of America and Americans and #CancelStudentDebt!" (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association (
  • "With only weeks to go until their resumption, the impossible threat of student debt payments is looming large over millions of Americans today. It doesn’t have to. @POTUS, do the righteous, humanitarian thing, and #CancelStudentDebt!" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5746 “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act” (
  • "The right decision. Voter ID laws are nothing but a form of racial discrimination, plain and simple." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 4 “John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021” (
  • "#VoterID laws and other restrictions are the latest version of #JimCrow laws that have undermined our #democracy for more than a century." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 9 "Climate Action Now Act" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019" (
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservation Voters (
  • "Congresswoman Clarke is a strong supporter of the Green New Deal, which will reduce the United States dependence on fossil fuels and aims to guarantee new high-paying jobs in clean energy industries." (
  • "An overwhelming number of Americans believe that excess carbon is harmful to our environment and should be regulated" (
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservation Voters (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 9 "Climate Action Now Act" (
  • "Congresswoman Clarke is a strong supporter of the Green New Deal, which will reduce the United States dependence on fossil fuels and aims to guarantee new high-paying jobs in clean energy industries." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 8 "Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021" (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "The indisputable fact is most Americans — Democrats and Republicans alike — know action against our nation’s gun violence crisis is necessary. Never let the obstructionists responsible for our intolerable status quo tell you otherwise." (
  • "Proud to stand with @repjayapal and our colleagues to support one of the most important pieces of legislation of our time. There’s no greater equalizer than quality, affordable healthcare. For communities of color, #MedicareForAll is a life or death matter. The time is now!" (
  • "#OnThisDay in 1965, #Medicare & #Medicaid were signed into law for the benefit of families & seniors. We must not allow decades of progress to be dismantled, so I’m proud to support the advancement of these programs as an original cosponsor of #MedicareForAll legislation." (
  • "Our healthcare crisis is at an all-time high. Pharmaceutical companies and private health insurance providers make it virtually impossible for everyday Americans, including Brooklynites, to afford adequate physical and mental healthcare. Access to affordable and adequate healthcare should be a right for all Americans - not a privilege. Congresswoman Clarke is a strong supporter of Medicare for All and fought relentlessly against the repeal of the ACA." (
  • "This morning I spoke about the need for #MedicareForAll. Congress must stop using Band-Aid solutions for a deep-cutting issue and implement the solution that makes sense. I’m proud to be a leader in Congress on this important issue as co-chair of the Medicare for All Caucus." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (
  • "She is a strong proponent of Paid Family Leave and voted yes to extend four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees." (
  • "Truly standing with workers means fighting for what matters to them. Paid leave, affordable healthcare, childcare...there is a calculable impact on what these would do for real people in their every day lives. Don't the folks keeping America running deserve that?" (
  • "We need universal programs to make sure every American is cared for. That means paid family and medical leave, child care, and home- and community-based services." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 “Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019” (
  • "Families should have access to affordable prescription's as simple as that." (
  • "This year, House Democrats have fought tirelessly #ForThePeople, passing over 400 bills that lower the cost of prescription drugs, raise the minimum wage, strengthen workers’ rights, secure our elections and so much more." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6833 “The Affordable Insulin Now Act” (
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA (
  • "REMINDER: Immigrants have rights. We must stay strong. We must remain vigilant. We must protect our neighbors. We must come together to say: #Brooklyn will not back down in the face of ICE." (
  • "I read one of several letters on the House floor that I received from teens in my district who share my disgust of the mistreatment of kids held in cages at our border. We must stand on the right side of history & #closethecamps." (
  • "Keeping in mind the barbarities taking place on the southern border and in the 9th District, she is a proponent for the abolishment of ICE and co-sponsored H.R.1013, the ICE and CBP Body Camera Accountability Act, which will force agents and officers to wear body cameras when engaged in official operations, in order to reduce instances of mistreatment and abuse" (
  • "A pathway to citizenship for undocumented families, Dreamers, TPS holders, and more puts America on a better path. For our country's economy and our future as a nation, any and every budget reconciliation discussion must start with a pathway to citizenship. Full stop. #WeAreHome" (
  • "I am fighting for a pathway to citizenship for them through my bill- the Dream and Promise Act, but its been blocked by the Senate GOP. Immigrants deserve so much more." (
  • "Proud my sponsored legislation—The Dream And Promise Act—passed the House tonight. This bill provides a pathway to citizenship for 2.5 million TPS & DED Recipients and DREAMers. As a 2nd-generation American I know how important immigrants are to EVERY community." (
  • "Our immigration crisis has come to a head. Children have been separated from families, and conditions in immigration detention centers have been deteriorating – we must take substantial action to prevent these inhumane circumstances. We are a nation of immigrants, and our policies must empower those looking to become part of the American dream. As a daughter of immigrants, Yvette is a fearless leader for immigrants’ rights and has boldly led the charge to protect DACA recipients and those impacted by deferred enforced departure." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7108 "Suspending Normal Trade Relations With Russia and Belarus" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6968 “Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act” (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7691 “Making emergency supplemental appropriations for assistance for the situation in Ukraine for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes.” (
  • Voted in favor of S. 3522 “Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022” (
  • "Democrats & Republicans are making sure Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine does not go unanswered." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7691 “Making emergency supplemental appropriations for assistance for the situation in Ukraine for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes.” (
  • "We must continue to support the people of Ukraine. Russian aggression is a threat to freedom and democracy around the globe. #IStandWithUkraine" (
  • Rated 5% by National Tax Limitation Committee (
  • "Capitalism should not equate to exploitation. And billionaires have a duty to pay their fair share in taxes. Enough is enough." (
  • "Congress has no business cutting taxes for the wealthy at the expense of hard-working families." (
  • "This #TaxDay remember, Speaker Ryan once bragged about handing a stunningly paltry tax cut of $1.50 per week to workers – at the same time his #GOPTaxScam gives away billions and billions of dollars to corporations and the wealthiest." (
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 Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
I do not support one-sized fits all testing. However, some forms of smart common standards can help promote student development and an engaged citizenry.
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Yes Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
No Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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