Presidential Candidate Quiz

See where you fall across the political spectrum by casting your own vote on 55 key issues recently voted on by Congress.

1. This amendment to the "America COMPETES Act" is largely designed to promote the removal of sanctions placed on the $9.5 billion in assets held by the Afghan central bank, which is under Taliban control following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The amendment requires the Treasury Department to examine the humanitarian impact of the sanctions, the projected increases in civilian deaths and refugees, and the resulting effect on additional Chinese Government influence in Afghanistan.(Required)
2. The "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" provides the federal government new powers to set state election law. The bill includes a long list of provisions including, but not limited to, automatic voter registration, reducing voter ID requirements, increasing voting by mail, limiting voter roll maintenance, and making election day a federal holiday.(Required)
3. The "Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act" funds the federal government for another month and serves as the third short-term continuing resolution passed within the past five months. Without passing a continuing resolution, a partial government shutdown would occur, providing budget hawks greater leverage in budget negotiations.(Required)
4. The "Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act" includes $700 million in subsidies for agricultural producers and initiatives, including $200 million to upgrade infrastructure to blend both biodiesel and ethanol fuel at higher levels (ex. E15). Additionally, the bill establishes a new special investigator of competition within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to regulate and bring civil action concerning competition and trade practices across the agricultural industry.(Required)
5. The "Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Technical Corrections Act" amends the STORM Act, requiring that state and local governments comply with the latest edition of building codes, which contains, among other things, stricter efficiency mandates and environmental regulations.(Required)
6. The "Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022" provides $40.1 billion in additional funding to Ukraine due to the Russian invasion, which follows the $14 billion Congress sent the country a couple months prior.(Required)
7. The "Delivering Optimally Urgent Labor Access for Veterans Affairs (DOULA) Act" requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the feasibility and advisability of furnishing doula services to those enrolled in the VA healthcare system.(Required)
8. The "Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022" reauthorizes and further expands a program that funds home visits in select local communities for expectant and new parents. The congressional budget office estimates this program will cost roughly $3 billion.(Required)
9. The "Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act" expands eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill educational assistance to national guardsmen and reservists.(Required)
10. The "Rights for the Transportation Security Administration Workforce Act" transitions the 60,000 employees within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to the personnel system under Title 5 of U.S. code, which includes the General Schedule pay system and full collective bargaining rights.(Required)
11. The "Nonprofit Security Grant Program Improvement Act" authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to annually administer $360 million in grants to non-profit entities to be used for improving their physical security. Such purposes include paying security guards, improving physical barriers, and remodeling their facilities.(Required)
12. The "Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act" authorizes the President to declare an "energy emergency," thus prohibiting anyone who sells gasoline or other consumer fuels from charging a price that (1) is unconscionably excessive, and (2) indicates that the seller is exploiting the emergency to increase prices unreasonably.(Required)
13. The "Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act" establishes a national "red flag" program whereby any individual may seek to have a firearm immediately taken away from another person through an "ex-parte" (one-sided) petition to a court if the individual alleges the person is a danger to themselves or others.(Required)
14. This amendment to the "Financial Services Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Economic Justice Act" requires that all retail establishments accept cash for transactions under $2,000.(Required)
15. The "Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health (ARPA-H) Act" would result in $1.7 billion in additional spending at the Department of Health and Human Services to create a new agency tasked with increasing biomedical innovation and improving disease treatment.(Required)
16. The "Active Shooter Alert Act" establishes a communication network, which proponents tout is similar to an amber alert, that will notify individuals of an active shooter. This new network will be overseen by a new division within the Department of Justice.(Required)
17. The "LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act" requires the over 100 federal agencies that conduct surveys collecting demographic data, expand their methods to incorporate information on sexual orientation, gender identity, and other "variations in sex characteristics" into their published reports.(Required)
18. The "Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act," commonly referred to as the "burn pit bill", establishes a presumption that nearly any American service member stationed in a combat zone over the last 32 years could have been exposed to a toxic substance, resulting in additional health and disability benefits for an estimated 3.5 million veterans. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the cost of this bill could exceed $700 billion.(Required)
19. This amendment to the "National Defense Authorization Act" prohibits the Department of Defense (DOD) from contracting with any company that has engaged in anti-union activity within the last three years as broadly defined by the National Labor Relations Board.(Required)
20. This amendment to the "National Defense Authorization Act" eliminates the statutory requirement that the U.S. hold a minimum of 400 nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).(Required)
21. This amendment to the "National Defense Authorization Act" adds the text of the "Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act" to the NDAA. As a result, federal land holdings and management would increase by 1.6 million acres across Colorado, California, New Mexico, and Washington. An additional 1,200 miles of river would be added to the national wild and scenic rivers system.(Required)
22. This amendment to the "National Defense Authorization Act" requires the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs to develop a report that identifies how their departments are working to mitigate the spread and impact of malign disinformation. The amendment defines "malign disinformation" as any disinformation that is harmful to good order and discipline or related to extremist activities or vaccination.(Required)
23. The "Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Act" directs a study to add Florida's Kissimmee river to the Bureau of Land Management's Wild and Scenic River program, which currently manages over 2,700 miles of rivers.(Required)
24. The "Right to Contraception Act" establishes within federal law a new right to use and obtain contraceptives. The bill is also expected to nullify conscience protections for healthcare providers and employers who object on moral grounds to providing contraception or sterilization services.(Required)
25. The “Susan Muffley Act” requires taxpayers to cover the costs of providing full pension benefits to the roughly 21,000 former employees of Delphi Corporation. These employees have been receiving only partial pension benefits following the bankruptcy of the company, which served as the parts manufacturer of General Motors, a company that also went bankrupt in 2009. The bill also requires that all the former employees receive 13 years of benefit backpay and interest at a rate of six percent.(Required)
26. The "Chips and Science Act" provides $52.7 billion in subsidies to manufacturers of semiconductors plus an additional $24 billion in tax credits. The bill also provides over $200 billion in additional funding to the National Science Foundation and the Departments of Energy and Commerce for initiatives surrounding STEM, R&D, and workforce and economic development programs.(Required)
27. The "Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act" establishes a new spending program within the Department of Transportation that provides grants for drone purchases to state and local governments that follow certain "buy American" procurement requirements if the purchase will result in lower carbon emissions.(Required)
28. The "Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act" allows two borrowers who received a joint consolidation loan (offered at one point federally and at a lower interest rate) to apply to have their loan severed into two separate loans. The bill is primarily designed to expand who is eligible for loan forgiveness initiatives of the Biden administration.(Required)
29. The "Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods" (VICTIM) Act" directs $100 million in new annual spending on grants for local entities to assist victims of crime. The funds are directed to be used for food and housing and other vaguely defined initiatives called "improving relationships with communities."(Required)
30. The "Millennium Challenge Corporation Eligibility Expansion Act" authorizes the Millennium Challenge Corporation (a bilateral U.S. foreign aid agency) to provide aid to a greater range of countries. Previously, the corporation could only provide aid to countries with per capita incomes that were amongst the lowest 75 lowest in the world. This bill now authorizes aid to any country that is within the lowest 125 in the world.(Required)
31. The "Puerto Rico Status Act" requires a plebiscite (binding vote on Congress) to be held on November 5, 2023, which would offer Puerto Rico voters a choice of independence, sovereignty in free association with the United States, or statehood.(Required)
32. The "National Heritage Area Act" reauthorizes programs and funding for roughly 50 "national heritage areas." One entity funded by the act is located in the bill sponsor's state, the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership in Southeast Michigan, which is a non-profit that has a mission to preserve and promote the region's automotive and labor heritage.(Required)
33. The "Native American Language Resource Center Act" directs the Department of Education to annually appropriate $3 million to establish a university-based center to "serve as a resource to improve the capacity to teach and learn Native American languages and further Native American language use and acquisition".(Required)
34. The "Veteran Service Recognition Act of 2022" prohibits an individual residing in the country illegally from being deported if they previously served in the U.S. military. The prohibition applies despite an individual's criminal record (except if they committed certain aggravated felonies) and prevents the individual's family members from being deported.(Required)
35. The "Postal Service Reform Act" repeals a key fiscal safeguard implemented in 2006 which requires the United States Postal Service to prepay future retirement health benefits (i.e. "pay as you go"), thus now allowing USPS to further grow the over $60 billion in unfunded liabilities on its books.(Required)
36. The "Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act" establishes a series of additional coverage mandates surrounding patient anomaly and birth defects (primarily oral treatments) that all public and private health insurers must include in all policy offerings.(Required)
37. The "Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act" would require hiring three additional government employees at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and increased grant issuance at the National Science Foundation to promote workforce development and research surrounding digital privacy technologies.(Required)
38. The "Affordable Insulin Now Act" imposes a $35 price control on all out-pocket costs or copayments for insulin products. The bill applies to all private health insurance and Medicare prescription drug benefits.(Required)
39. The "Ocean Shipping Reform Act" provides the Federal Maritime Commission new power to investigate and order refunds of "unreasonable" demurrage charges (late fees when cargo is not unloaded in contracted time frames at ports), as well as a series of other new regulatory powers.(Required)
40. The "Keep Kids Fed Act" extends certain eligibility waivers and the elevated reimbursement rates provided to schools and after school program providers for breakfasts, lunches and snacks under the Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program through 2024. These waivers and higher reimbursement rates were "temporary" measures implemented at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.(Required)
41. This amendment to the "National Defense Authorization Act" suspends funding for the Sentinel program, including the W-87-1 nuclear warhead. Instead, the amendment instructs a life extension program for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (first developed in the late 1960's) through the year 2040.(Required)
42. The "South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act" requires the Department of Health and Human Services to create a new program supporting research and awareness surrounding heart diseases within the South Asian population and other communities that may be impacted.(Required)
43. This amendment to the "Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act" permanently increases the unsecured credit threshold from $14,000 to $25,000 for disaster loans that the Small Business Administration may issue without requiring collateral.(Required)
44. The "Peace Corps Reauthorization Act" further increases funding for the Peace Corps while making several adjustments to the program, such as larger allowances and greater health benefits to program participants.(Required)
45. The "Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act" makes a person's hair texture or hairstyle a protected characteristic if is commonly associated with a particular race or national origin. CROWN applies to public accommodations, employment, and federally assisted programs.(Required)
46. The "Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act" provides the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) a series of new powers and duties, including assessing the domestic terrorism threat posed by "white supremacist and neo-Nazi infiltration of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and the uniformed services."(Required)
47. This amendment to the "Consolidated Appropriations Act," eliminates over 367 pages of earmarks within the spending package that funds government through the rest of the year. These earmarks, which total $8 billion, represent pet projects that individual members of congress have added into the bill.(Required)
48. This resolution balances the federal budget within 5 years. Under the plan, federal spending is frozen in fiscal year 2023 and then gradually reduced over the next five years by cutting spending by 6 pennies for every dollar. The measure would yield a $65.8 billion surplus by 2027 and would collectively spend $4.2 trillion less than is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to be spent over that period.(Required)
49. This amendment to the "Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act" helps offset the estimated $700 billion price tag of the bill by placing a 10-year moratorium on funding provided to the United States Agency for International Development (U.S. AID) except for funds that have been appropriated for Israel.(Required)
50. This amendment to the "Consolidated Appropriations Act," places a series of new regulations on private companies concerning accommodations for breastfeeding up to a year after the birth of an employee's child. For example, employers must provide reasonable break times and a shielded location other than a bathroom for employees to express breast milk.(Required)
51. This amendment to the "Inflation Reduction Act" prohibits title 42 (a policy invoked at the start of COVID-19 that grants border patrol the ability to expel migrants seeking asylum) from being lifted until a comprehensive plan has been presented to congress and members are allowed 30 days to review. The amendment is in response to an enormous gathering of migrants seeking asylum along the border, with the U.S. Border Patrol reporting 2.76 million encounters with migrants over the past year.(Required)
52. This amendment to the "Respect for Marriage Act" (which repeals the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and codifies federal recognition of same-sex marriages that are legal in the state where the marriage was performed) ensures the federal government does not take any discriminatory action against an individual due to their religious beliefs on marriage. Discriminatory actions include targeting by the IRS or Department of Education and exclusion from any federal grants, loans, entitlements, scholarships, employment, or contracting opportunities.(Required)
53. This instruction for the senate conferees to the "United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA)" establishes an exclusion process for any duties (tariffs) imposed through an action under Section 301 of the Trade Act. Under this process the Unites States Trade Representative (USTR) is required to consider the impact imposing a tariff has on U.S. companies and consumers, and then provide exclusions in circumstances where the tariff is expected to do more harm than good for the U.S. companies and consumers.(Required)
54. This resolution ratifies the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which was adopted at Kigali on October 15, 2016, on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The amendment calls for the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), gases used in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR). Furthermore, foreign manufacturers, including China, are provided with preferential (i.e., cheaper) access to HFCs during Kigali's phase-out period and are also provided with millions of dollars in subsidies through a U.S. financed adaptation fund.(Required)
55. This resolution invokes the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to nullify (eliminate) new rules imposed by the Department of Education in July which create additional hurdles for charter schools to receive federal funding. For example, charter school applicants must now prove a need and community support for the charter school, undergo analysis for the enrollment and diversity of the school, and disclose contracts the charter school may have with for-profit companies.(Required)