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Gary Peters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Gary Peters 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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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 2020.

  • "From attacks to defund family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood to limiting access to birth control, Gary has consistently fought to defend women's access to the health care they need." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • "I have cosponsored and strongly support legislation to implement the "Buffett Rule," which would ensure that those Americans fortunate enough to make over $1 million a year pay at least a 30% tax rate. Millionaires and billionaires shouldn't be able to game our tax system and pay lower rates than working families - we need to level the playing field for all Americans." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (
  • "Fighting against a plan to end Medicare as we know it: In Congress, the Republican Majority has put forth a budget that would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program. We simply cannot allow this to happen, that's why I'm fighting to stop this misguided plan and preserve Medicare for future generations." (
  • "Gary has stood firmly against those who want to end the Social Security guarantee and privatize the program." (
  • "The wallets of the few should never drown out the voices of the many when it comes to our democracy, and corporations and billionaires should never be able to determine who represents the American people in Congress," said Senator Peters. "Our campaign finance system is broken, but this legislation is an important step towards ensuring that every American has an equal say in our elections, regardless of their net worth." (
  • "We must address inequities and racial disparities and part of our effort must include making commonsense reforms to policing," said Senator Peters. "There are a number of bills I am supporting that the Senate should pass, including to ban the use of chokeholds and improving officer training and accountability by establishing independent reviews into police-involved use of deadly force. I will be working to advance needed reforms and believe in this moment it is critical to protect the safety of our citizens. We must also focus on making investments to address longstanding inequities in our society, including economic, health and education disparities." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As you prepare your infrastructure plan, we urge you to include funding to support broadband deployment to connect families, facilities and businesses in unserved rural areas across the country. We look forward to working with you to promote investments in quality telecommunications infrastructure for rural America." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "To grow our economy, we need to require multinational corporations to pay their taxes just like hardworking families and small businesses do." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (
  • "Americans need relief now. I worked with my colleagues to improve the final Coronavirus bill to get resources to workers, small businesses and our overstretched health care system." (
  • "With the right kind of targeted investment, Michigan can continue to pave the way in new domestic sources of energy and cutting-edge energy efficiency technologies to create new good-paying jobs and set the standard across the country and the world." (
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 53 - A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations." (
  • "I proudly voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act to invest in renewable energy sources, reduce America's greenhouse gas emissions and lay the groundwork for a clean energy economy. By pursuing clean energy technologies, we'll break our nation's addiction to foreign fossil fuels and create thousands of American jobs. All of us must do our part to fight global climate change and that's why I'll keep fighting for important legislation like this." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence." (
  • "The Affordable Care Act goes a long way to correct those problems. By working together, we can fix the law to make sure it works to address problems in our health care system and helps make quality health care affordable for both Michigan families and businesses." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "I strongly disagree with today's decision, which is unfair to thousands of Michiganders who voluntarily came out of the shadows and only creates instability for these young people who are now at risk of losing the only home they have ever known." (
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Rated 13% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Strongly supporting severe sanctions against Iran: A nuclear Iran would create even more turmoil in an already unstable region, potentially leading to a regional nuclear arms race and pose an essential threat to our friend and ally Israel. I have co-sponsored and strongly support legislation to implement sanctions to discourage Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons." (
  • "President Obama kept his promise to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible conclusion, but I believe that it is also time to end the war in Afghanistan." (
  • Rated 13% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (
  • "Gary has also been a leader in holding companies accountable for outsourcing Michigan jobs. He has stood up for Michigan manufacturers and opposed any new trade deal that does not require our foreign trading partners play by the same rules as American companies. Gary led bipartisan efforts in Washington urging the Obama Administration to block Japan against entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership without first opening their markets." (
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (
  • "I've long said that we need to renegotiate NAFTA to help level the playing field for Michigan. The USMCA is not perfect, but it is stronger than the initial deal the Administration announced and includes provisions I pushed for to strengthen enforcement and labor standards. When this bipartisan agreement comes before the Senate, I plan to vote for it because I believe it will make some progress for Michigan workers, businesses and farmers. Our work, though, is not over. Michiganders can count on me to ensure President Trump and future Administrations vigorously enforce USMCA and that we properly review it within six years to make sure it is working in our state's best interests." (

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