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Cory Booker's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • "All people deserve to control their own bodies. That’s why Cory fights alongside those working to protect the constitutional right to abortion and to ensure that everyone has real access to reproductive health care." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • ""The Access to Birth Control Act ensures that a woman's family planning decisions are the business of a woman, her family, and her doctor. I will remain a vocal advocate for women's rights and fight to ensure we are doing everything possible to guarantee women in New Jersey and across the country have timely, unhindered access to contraception."" (
  • Voted in opposition of HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "And so now we're left with a tax plan that makes huge corporate tax cuts permanent, lavishes the most benefit on those who already have so much, makes meager middle class tax cuts temporary while raising taxes for many families, and blows a gaping $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit -- a hole that our kids and grandkids will be responsible for filling." (
  • "Republicans have promised repeatedly that critical safety net programs like Medicare won't be affected by their disastrous tax plan," said Booker. "Our amendment simply puts those promises in writing. Senate Republicans should back up their words with action." (
  • "Every single person deserves health care they can afford, and no one should go bankrupt or suffer from illness because the cost is too high," Senator Booker said. "Our nation's per capita health care spending is more than twice the average of other developed nations, and yet we continue to suffer worse outcomes on basic measures of a healthy society, like maternal and infant mortality. We need to expand access to health care in this country and dramatically lower the cost for American families. Medicare for all achieves this goal by ensuring the fundamental right to health care to everyone at an affordable price." (
  • Rated 90% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "During his campaign, Trump promised that there would be "no cuts' to Social Security, but this budget cuts billions from Social SecurityDisability Insurance, hurting those who can't work due to their disability and undermining the Social Security safety net." (
  • "Get big money out of politics by ending Citizens United." (
  • "It is now up to Congress to act to protect our democracy and undo the damage done by this decision and the Court's earlier ruling in the Citizens United case." (
  • "Americans in all 50 states are not chanting in the streets, "Give us a commission, we want more data!' They're chanting for real accountability, meaningful transparency, and an end to dangerous and excessive policing practices. The JUSTICE Act falls far short of the change the American people are demanding, and what our country so desperately needs in this moment." (
  • "The Republican proposal is heavy on gestures and light on real reform. It does nothing to meaningfully hold law enforcement officers accountable in court for egregious misconduct; it does nothing to provide public access to records of police misconduct; it does nothing to actually mandate that law enforcement agencies ban dangerous and extreme tactics like chokeholds and "no-knock' warrants; it does nothing to establish a national use of force standard; and it does nothing to provide for robust pattern and practice investigations or independent investigations of law enforcement misconduct. If we're serious about ending police brutality and changing the culture of law enforcement, this bill is not the solution." (
  • "The inclusion of this funding in the Senate's defense bill is a deserving victory for our U.S. Air National Guard - especially New Jersey's courageous 177th Fighter Wing, who were immediately engaged in securing airspace over New York and Washington following the tragic events on 9/11," Sen. Booker said. "Just as we have called on them to protect us, they are calling on us to provide them with the resources they need to effectively protect and defend our homeland. Today marks significant progress in meeting this vital need." (
  • "The FY 2019 NDAA not only authorizes the resources our military needs to protect our national security, it provides the tools our troops need to keep themselves safe in the field." (
  • "As a former mayor, Sen. Booker learned through first-hand experience how important it is that the federal government partner with local communities to make substantial, long-term investments in our transportation infrastructure. That's why he joined with Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi in a bipartisan effort to direct more federal funds to local and regional transportation authorities." (
  • "Climate change is a pressing and serious environmental and economic crisis that threatens the way of life for our kids and grandkids," said Senator Booker. "This challenge must be met with a commitment from the federal government that is commensurate with the level of commitment we saw in this country during the original New Deal. And that's exactly the type of determination this proposal brings. Communities of color, low income communities, indigenous communities and our family farmers are on the front lines of climate change, and I'm particularly encouraged that this blueprint addresses climate change in a way that promotes both economic and environmental justice." (
  • ""Instead of a thoughtfully crafted, bipartisan plan that will truly lift wages and cut taxes for all Americans, Republicans have jammed through a disastrous proposal that lavishes tax cuts on corporations and the wealthiest and raises taxes on everyday Americans. In this perverse plan, the people who need a tax cut the least end up with the most, and those who truly need a tax cut get taken for a ride." (
  • Voted in opposition of HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "The Senators' amendment would roll back the corporate tax rate to its current level of 35 percent (the tax plan would lower the corporate rate to 20 percent) should there be any cuts to Medicare as a result of the tax plan." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "Let me be clear. This amendment does not reinstate any type of adequate yearly progress, or AYP. In fact, the underlying bill is repealed. AYP is repealed. It does not establish artificial deadlines such as No Child Left Behind did, saying that all children will be proficient by 2014. It does not establish Federal goals for our students. States will have the prerogative to set their own. It does not impose test-based accountability on States. States must include a range of factors in their State-designed accountability systems. It does not require schools to implement a one-size-fits-all intervention. Local districts will design the intervention for underperforming schools." (
  • "Today I voted to oppose passage of the Senate's education bill. This bill jeopardized Title I funding for New Jersey, which is a lifeline for underperforming school districts in my state, and didn't provide meaningful accountability measures that address the disparate achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color. I cannot in good conscience support a bill that falls short of investing in the potential and promise of all of our children, especially New Jersey's most vulnerable students. If we are truly going to invest in our children and grandchildren's future, Congress must pass legislation that provides support, access, and opportunity to equip the next generation to succeed, regardless of their socioeconomic status." (
  • "He will work tirelessly to ensure that climate change is addressed, and to encourage investment in the jobs of the future: solar, wind, and other renewable energy." (
  • ""This legislation creates a framework for a transition to a 100% clean and renewable energy future, while also providing resources to ensure that all of our communities share in the opportunities that will be created."" (
  • "Today's announcement represents a major step forward in our national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. I commend President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy for presenting the Clean Power Plan proposal, and I look forward to the benefits this plan will bring to those who live and work in New Jersey." (
  • "We must be aggressive in our pursuit of reducing our carbon footprint -- nothing less than the quality of the air our children will breathe, and the climate in which they will live, is at stake." (
  • "Pass universal background checks, ban assault weapons, and close the loopholes that allow people who should never have a gun to get one." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Your administration continues to support repeated attempts to advance the Trumpcare bill, or the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This legislation would devastate our health system and rip coverage away from 24 million people." (
  • "As president, Cory will fight for access to quality, affordable and universal health care, end attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and act to bring down prescription drug costs:" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "You led the negotiations in which the Trump Administration rejected several bipartisan deals to protect Dreamers, including an offer of $25 billion to fund the President's wasteful border wall in exchange for the Dream Act." (
  • "Diverting military funds for a vanity project is exactly who Donald Trump is. I will continue to fight back and join with those already challenging this wrong and misguided decision." (
  • "Fight for a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States." (
  • "The president is right to keep all options, including military action, on the table while vigorously pursuing both international sanctions and a negotiated settlement that prevents Iran from gaining nuclear weapons." (
  • "Look, I’m a strong supporter of that deal. I think it was the thing that best protected Israel and Israel’s safety." (
  • "Let's be clear, an unauthorized war with Iran will have disastrous ramifications for our nation -- Congress must step up and put a check on this president." (
  • "To be absolutely clear, the 2001 AUMF does not grant the President authority to strike Iran -- for that, he must go to Congress. Any military action in Iran that circumvents Congressional approval is a blatant and unconstitutional power grab." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (
  • "While I agree with many of the strategic and economic reasons for engaging in fair and free trade with the world's growing economies, I cannot support this legislation without more significant steps that ensure American competitiveness with the world." (
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (
  • Signed a letter stating": "Finally, as has long been the case with the provisions sought by multinational corporations, the broader benefits of NAFTA's replacement--lower tariffs, greater market access--should not be granted unless and until all Parties have implemented the fundamental protections of the new labor chapter." (

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