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Yvette Clarke's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic, Working Families for U.S. House (NY) - District 9


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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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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • 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" (
  • "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" (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • 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." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Moving Forward Act" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "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. 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" (
  • "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. 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 (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 9 "Climate Action Now Act" (
  • "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. 8 "Bipartisan 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." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021" (
  • "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." (
  • "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" (
  • "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." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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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