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Amy Klobuchar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Amy Klobuchar has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.

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Presidential Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Senator Klobuchar has fought for and will continue to support legislation that protects a woman's right to make her own health care decisions.
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
Senator Klobuchar supports raising income tax rates on the wealthiest Americans who make over $200,000 a year. She supports expanding support for programs like Social Security and Medicare and believes that these programs must remain solvent for generations to come.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Senator Klobuchar believes it is time to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get dark money out of our politics, as well as establish a campaign finance system that increases the power of small donors through a matching system for small donations.
No Do you support increasing defense spending?
Senator Klobuchar will focus on making the right investments in our nation's defense and she will make sure we are responding to the threats our country actually faces today, including cyber-attacks.
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?
Senator Klobuchar supports investing in our nation's infrastructure. To pay for this infrastructure investment, she supports repealing the regressive portions of the 2017 Republican tax bill.
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Senator Klobuchar supported and advocated for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which corrected some of the shortcomings of No Child Left Behind by giving states and local school districts more flexibility to make decisions about how best to meet students' needs. She supported restoring responsibility to the states to determine how best to use federally required tests for accountability purposes.
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?
On day one of Senator Klobuchar's presidency she will get us back into the International Climate Change Agreement. On day two and day three, she will bring back the clean power rules and gas mileage standards that the Obama Administration put into place. And she will put forward sweeping legislation that includes carbon pricing, provides a landmark investment in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure, provides incentives for tougher building codes, promotes rural renewable energy and development, and promotes buy clean policies.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Senator Klobuchar believes that gun violence prevention policies are long overdue. She supports a package of gun violence policies including instituting universal background checks by closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks, high capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons. She is also the author of a proposal that would close what is commonly referred to as the boyfriend loophole by preventing people who have abused dating partners from buying or owning firearms.
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Senator Klobuchar supports universal health care for all Americans and she believes the quickest way to get there is through a public option that expands Medicare or Medicaid. She supports changes to the Affordable Care Act to help bring down costs to consumers, including providing cost-sharing reductions, making it easier for states to put reinsurance in place, and continuing to implement delivery system reform. And she's been fighting her whole life to bring down the cost of prescription drugs.
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?
Senator Klobuchar supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes the DREAM Act, border security and a path to earned citizenship.
Yes Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Yes Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
Senator Klobuchar believes that the military option should always remain on the table. She supports reducing the troop presence in Afghanistan.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
Senator Klobuchar supports fair trade agreements that include strong labor and environmental standards and she will continue her work to strengthen trade enforcement.
Senator Klobuchar's top priorities are ensuring shared economic prosperity, which includes reducing health care costs, bringing down prescription drug prices, and making a major infrastructure investment paid for by corporate tax reform and changes to the international tax code. She is also committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform, which is crucial to moving our economy and our country forward. And Senator Klobuchar will take immediate action to tackle the climate crisis, because climate change isn't happening in 100 years, it is happening now.

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