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Donna Edwards' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Donna Edwards 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

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 2016.

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (votesmart.org)
  • “Playing politics w women’s health isn’t just wrong, it’s dangerous. We must defend reproductive rights of American women. #KeepClinicsOpen” (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans are holding hostage tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans so the wealthiest 2 percent can continue to receive an average tax cut of $160,000. At a cost to the deficit of $50 billion next year, $930 billion over 10 years, Republican insistence on extending tax cuts for the wealthiest at the expense of middle class families is inexcusable." (donnaedwards.house.gov)
  • "The Tax Relief Act benefits primarily the wealthiest two percent of Americans at the expense of adding billions of dollars of debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren. It is indefensible that working families struggling to make ends meet, and those depending on unemployment benefits, are being held hostage to ensure tax cuts for the two-percenters and an estate tax break that benefits only 6,600 families. We must fight to make sure that hardworking families are winning and not the one-percenters." (votesmart.org)
  • “The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 is a critical step towards addressing fairness standards in our sentencing laws. Drug abuse remains a destructive force in our communities, but we must ensure that the policies we implement are smart, fair, and balanced.” (donnaedwards.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill")" (votesmart.org)
  • “America's water infrastructure = D. Joined colleagues in requesting $2B 4 both #drinking & #waste water upgrades.” (twitter.com)
  • "I have been an outspoken advocate for public transportation projects, which provide good jobs right now, reduce traffic congestion, improve the environment, and should be seen as economic investments in our state's future." (donnaedwards.house.gov)
  • “It's time to extend, without delay or uncertainty, tax cuts for all families, for all income up to $250,000. If we don't, it will be a disaster, and a tax hike will result for those middle class families.” (votesmart.org)
  • "TAX EXTENDERS ACT extends the R&D tax credit for American companies that invest in innovative jobs; extends deductions for millions of parents, teachers, and families for college tuition, classroom expenses, property and state and local sales taxes; and helps ensure National Guard and Reservists called up to active duty do not face a pay cut." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Race to the Top Fund is the latest effort by the federal government to take a critical step forward to invest and support the educational infrastructure of this country. I applaud efforts by the Department of Education to encourage discussion of real reform, leading to changes throughout the nation's educational system that will help children receive the highest quality education, while also closing achievement gaps that threaten the futures of many children in the Fourth Congressional District and across the nation." (votesmart.org)
  • “I have worked to secure funding for early childhood education (including Head Start and Early Head Start), make higher education more affordable, and incorporate green job training into our Job Corps Centers.” (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill will create or save over 2 million jobs and help rebuild our nation’s infrastructure without the unnecessary, partisan policy riders involving coal ash and the Keystone Pipeline – provisions that have no place in a highway bill.” (donnaedwards.house.gov)
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (votesmart.org)
  • "At a time when serious action needs to be taken, we instead continue to see Republicans act on the side of corporate special interests – working to strip clean air and water protections, reduce investments in renewable energy, and prolong our dependence on fossil fuels with $50 billion in tax breaks to oil companies that are reaping billions in profits. We need a serious commitment to protect the environment and build a 21st Century green economy that will spur innovation, increase prosperity, and create jobs in Maryland and across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • "No more reliance on fossil fuels, no more subsidies for outdated, last-century energy production. I believe that in the 21st Century a sound environmental policy means good jobs, good business, and good policy. With long-term investment today, renewable and clean energy research, development, and production will provide real solutions to global warming and be the heart of next economic boom in this country – facilitating service and technology markets all across the globe." (votesmart.org)
  • "Forget voluntary limits on carbon emissions – they don't work and we're in a crisis. It's time to set mandatory limits on emissions with a goal of 20 percent reductions by 2020 and 80 percent reductions by the middle of the century." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade") (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (votesmart.org)
  • “Celebrating 6th #ACAanniversary w/ colleagues. For 1st time, over 90% of Americans have health coverage! #ACAWorks” (twitter.com)
  • “I also co-sponsored H.R. 5808, a bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish a public health insurance option. I believe it is critical to include a robust public option into the health exchange that will increase competition and lower costs for consumers, allowing many more individuals to afford health insurance.” (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (votesmart.org)
  • “Proud to be on bipartisan & bicameral SCOTUS amicus brief w/223 of my colleagues in support of #DACA & #DAPA and keeping families together.” (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" (votesmart.org)
  • “Loving same-sex couples and their families deserve to be treated equally over the law, and now have the ability to take advantage of the full array of benefits afforded under the institution of marriage." (donnaedwards.house.gov)
  • “Isn't this 2016? Such a discriminatory law is just flat wrong. Congress must pass the Equality Act.” (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating “As federal legislators who represent families acrossthis nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriagebans deny our citizens the equal protection that theConstitution guarantees.” (www.democraticleader.gov)
  • “After much deliberation, I opposed the USA Freedom Act because I continue to believe it doesn't strike the necessary balance between protecting our national security and protecting our 4th Amendment rights.” (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “We urge your Administration to send a strong signal that it opposes torture by taking a clear position on this issue.” (hankjohnson.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating: “Americans' contributions to Social Security should be used for Americans' Social Security benefits.” (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a Pledge stating: “We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” (votesmart.org)

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