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Jan Schakowsky's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Jan Schakowsky has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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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 2020.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "The House of Representatives, led by the Congressional Black Caucus and Judiciary Committee, listened to this call to action and incorporated into the Justice and Policing Act many of the urgent demands made by our communities and the people protesting for racial justice and equity. This historic legislation will hold police accountable by ending qualified immunity for law enforcemen" (votesmart.org)
  • "While I believe $694.6 billion in new discretionary spending for the Department of Defense is far too high, this bill includes important provisions restricting the President's ability to go to war with Iran absent Congressional authorization and enables steps to be taken to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. " (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Those are the principles that are reflected in the alternative I offered to the Bowles-Simpson plan. It would create jobs, cut wasteful defense spending, raise revenues in a fair way and protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "And I believe that we should raise additional revenues by reforming the corporate tax code and ending tax breaks for off-shoring jobs and profits." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6074 - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6800 - Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act . (votesmart.org)
  • "As we consider reauthorization and changes in ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind, we must do everything possible to ensure that every child receives a quality public education by eliminating funding disparities, increasing academic performance, improving accountability and student support systems, and promoting school policies that ensure a positive school climate that is conducive to learning." (votesmart.org)
  • "While I believe there is a federal role in promoting public education, assisting teachers, and improving neighborhood schools, I opposed the testing requirements in No Child Left Behind and voted for changes in the new ESEA reauthorization, the Every Student Succeeds Act. My response to the question would depend on what type of education reforms are being required and for which grants." (votesmart.org)
  • "The #MovingForward Framework helps local communities more easily integrate clean energy into developmental efforts to combat #ClimateChange, including an electric vehicle charging network. #ForThePeople". (twitter.com)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe all workers deserve paid sick leave. Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump don’t. It’s an extraordinary achievement for @SpeakerPelosi to wrestle paid leave for millions out of the GOP in #FamiliesFirst — because grandstanding doesn’t pay the bills." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain committed to preventing Iran from developing and fielding a nuclear weapon. We have seen meaningful progress since the Joint Plan of Action was agreed to in November 2013. Under this plan, Iran has downblended and stopped production of 20% enriched uranium, halted work on its Arak hard water facility, and allowed daily inspections of its enrichment facilities. None of these achievements would be in place without the Joint Plan of Action, and we shouldn't abandon this progress today." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We remain hopeful that with strong U.S. leadership, we can ensure vigorous enforcement of the JCPOA, as well as implementation of non-nuclear and multilateral sanctions, including CAATSA, to keep the american people secure and safeguard American interests." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support President Obama's decision to remove U.S. troops from Iraq, as a founding member of the Out of Iraq Caucus." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "Fast track is about pushing through the TPP, TTIP and future trade agreements that would massively increase the power of big international corporations and affect the daily lives of Americans. In Illinois, we've seen job losses from agreements like CAFTA and NAFTA. Those agreements didn't help American workers - and they haven't brought improvements to the lives of workers in other countries, either." (votesmart.org)
  • "The deal that President Trump is rushing to sign tomorrow will not do nearly enough to raise wages for workers, lower costs for health care consumers, or protect the environment. As we have seen this week with the announced closures of five General Motors facilities, President Trump's grand promises to stop outsourcing and create more American manufacturing jobs were completely empty. By signing legislation like last year's GOP Tax Bill that includes new incentives to outsource jobs, the President is giving tax breaks to offshoring multinational corporations instead of pursuing policies that put workers first." (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 Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
I believe each woman should be free to make decisions about her own health based on her own situation, including whether and when to have a family. I support access to the full range of reproductive health services, including maternity care, contraception and abortion. I am a leader in the House Pro-Choice Caucus and a co-author of the Each Woman Act to end Hyde amendment restrictions.
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?
I am a co-author of the People's Budget to reduce defense spending and target it more efficiently, and to ask those who can afford to do so (millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations) to contribute their fair share of taxes. I introduced the Fairness in Taxation Act to create a 45% tax rate on annual income over $1 million a year, 49% on income over $1 billion. I have also sponsored legislation, the Patriot Employer Act, to end tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs and profits and, instead, reward companies that invest in America.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
As a vice-chair of the House Democracy Reform Task Force, I believe money in politics -- including dark money -- is having an extremely negative effect and preventing enactment of policies that would benefit children, working women and men, and retirees. I oppose the Citizens United decision and support legislation to require disclosure of funding spent to influence elections. I also believe that we need to take an aggressive approach to end foreign interference in our elections and remove barriers to voting.
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?
Federal investment initiatives like green energy, repairing pipes and bridges, and providing safe drinking water create good jobs and help our economy. It also allows us to ensure workers share in the benefits. Experience shows the across-the-board lowering taxes for corporations all too often results in stock buybacks and higher CEO compensation, not increases in workers' wages and benefits or significant investments in national priorities. While I support targeted tax incentives -- for example, tax credits to promote renewable energy -- I do not support "trickle-down" tax policies that mostly just reduce taxes for the wealthy and profitable corporations.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
While I believe there is a federal role in promoting public education, assisting teachers, and improving neighborhood schools, I opposed the testing requirements in No Child Left Behind and voted for changes in the new ESEA reauthorization, the Every Student Succeeds Act. My response to the question would depend on what type of education reforms are being required and for which grants.
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?
Climate change is one of the biggest environmental, economic and national security challenges we face. I oppose the Trump Administration's actions to roll back existing policies. I am a cosponsor of the 100 by '50 Act and the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, each of which would aggressively reduce carbon emissions, and set a timeline to eliminate them altogether and move to 100% use of clean, renewable energy.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
I am a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and support common-sense legislation such as expanded background checks and bans on assault weapons.
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
While I believe we need to build on the foundation of the ACA to lower prescription drug prices, make access to health care affordable and add a public option, Obamacare has expanded coverage, ensured that people with pre-existing conditions can get insurance, ended the practice of charging higher prices to people with chronic conditions and women, and prohibited annual and lifetime limits on benefits. I strongly oppose actions by the Trump Administration and Republican Congress to erode those protections.
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?
Immigration enormously benefits the 9th Congressional District and the entire nation, and I strongly oppose the Trump Administration's policies: separating families at the border, holding families in lengthy detention, attempting to end DACA, denying temporary protected status, turning refugees away and sending people back to horrific circumstances. Immigrants built our nation. Welcoming immigrants who want to participate in the American dream and contribute to our economy is fundamental to who we are. I support comprehensive immigrant reform that reflects those values -- allows undocumented to earn citizenship, keeps families together, and maintains America as a safe haven.
Yes Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
I am a cosponsor of the Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act.
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?
We must reduce -- and hopefully eliminate -- the existence of nuclear weapons. I believe diplomacy is always the preferred option over military force, which is why I was a leader in mustering votes for the Iran nuclear deal in Congress and so strongly oppose President Trump's decision to pull out of that agreement. I believe that any military intervention in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East requires Congressional approval through a specific and time-limited authorization for the use of military force (AUMF).
We must create good jobs with good wages, investing in national priorities such as green energy, education, access to broadband and transportation. We must reduce health care costs to families, businesses and taxpayers (by, for example, lowering the price of prescription drugs) and use savings to expand coverage. We should create a comprehensive long-term care policy and help those who provide caregiving to children, adults and aging loved ones. Instead of providing huge tax breaks to the wealthiest 1%, we can fund those initiatives through fair tax policies that ask those who can to contribute to those national priorities.

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