Salvatore 'Sal' Pace's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Salvatore 'Sal' Pace
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Marlene; 2 Children: Wyatt, Carlo
Home City: Pueblo, CO
Religion: Catholic
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Sal Pace refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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  • Scott Condon. The Aspen Times: Pace criticizes Tipton as tea party ideologue. 5 January 2012. "In other position statements, Pace said he wants to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan 'as soon as possible.' 'We've been there over 10 years now, and I don't see us making the region more stable,' Pace said. Those funds would be better spent improving the nation's education system,' he said." (www.aspentimes.com)

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  • Sal Pace. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded: "The men and women of the US military are the greatest fighting force in history. If elected, I will make sure that we continue to field the world's best equipped, best trained, and most capable military, second to none. But the fact is that unnecessary spending does nothing to strengthen our military. When Congress buys 10 new billion dollar destroyers, though the Navy only asked for 9, it just wastes more money instead of following the advice of our military and making smart budget decisions" to the question: "What sorts of defense spending cuts, if any, would you support as part of a package to balance the budget?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)

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  • NBC11News.com: Pace Talks Medicare With Local Seniors. 13 May 2012. "Its critically important that we have the right priorities, and that means defending medicare and prioritizing medical over tax breaks for multi-millionaires, especially medical recipients who paid in after a lifetime of hard work," (www.nbc11news.com)
  • Sal Pace. On Your Side? 29 February 2012. "I believe that payroll tax relief is vital to our economic recovery. I know it's a big help to my neighbors. That's why I'm running for Congress “ to make sure that Washington does everything in their power to help turn our economy around, not make it worse." (www.paceforcolorado.com)
  • Scot Kersgaard. The Colorado Independent: Sal Pace rails against raising payroll tax. 23 August 2011. "It is shocking and appalling that with all the gridlock in Washington, House Republicans want to force a tax increase on working class families. They fight tooth and nail to cut taxes on billionaires and corporations when what we need to do is protect working people." (coloradoindependent.com)
  • Sal Pace. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "I support extending the Bush tax cuts for all annual income under $1 million" to the question: "Would you support an extension of the Bush tax cuts?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)

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  • Sal Pace. About Sal. 29 February 2012. "Sal also passed the largest reform of Colorado's unemployment insurance laws, extending benefits & training programs “ all paid for from the Federal stimulus. In one bill, Sal created a pool of $15 million to give additional unemployment benefits to workers who get trained in high demand and green energy jobs." (www.paceforcolorado.com)
  • Sal Pace. Issue Position: Education. 29 February 2012. "We need another Sputnik moment where we do more to invest in creating a brighter future for our next generation in order to ensure that we can never be defeated in the classroom." (votesmart.org)
  • Sal Pace. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 29 February 2012. "To get people back to work, we need to provide the resources small businesses need to grow and bring primary jobs back to our rural communities. I co-sponsored the Colorado JOBS Act which would have given Colorado's entrepreneurs the tools, support, resources and counseling they need for their small businesses to succeed and to help mid-size companies grow. I also helped establish a small business navigator to provide a single point of contact for small businesses to aid them in diagnosing problems, streamlining referrals, and cutting through red tape. I know that government doesn't create jobs. But government can help create the climate for growth. We need tax policies that are fair; regulations that make sense; and incentives that work. We've all faced tough times. But political squabbling and finger-pointing doesn't create a single job. We need to work together to restore a 'can do' attitude, to reduce the deficit, to control spending, to reinvest in workforce training, to implement a tax code that doesn't create incentives to outsource jobs, to provide some certainty to our business owners, to make the investments in our people which may pay dividends in the long run." (votesmart.org)

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  • Sal Pace. Pace Tours Vestas, Visits with Workers & Lambasts Tipton for Inaction. 27 August 2012. "Today, Rep. Sal Pace (D-Pueblo) toured Vestas and had a roundtable with a range of Vestas employees. After the tour, Pace held a press conference unveiling steps that could be taken to extend the tax credit and criticized Tipton for his lack of leadership. Pace laid out a four-prong plan that Tipton could do to prevent further layoffs: (1) Work with leadership to immediately move along a wind energy PTC; (2) Defeat the Ryan Budget, which zeroes out the tax credit; (3) Introduce stand-alone legislation extending the production tax credit for wind energy; and (4) Co-sponsor existing legislation [¦] 'These hard workers shouldn't live in fear they will lose their jobs because of political games and partisan gridlock," Pace said. "They deserve leadership who will stand up for them; who will prioritize them; and who will act and not just talk. I've laid out a plan of action that our current congressman could follow to save these jobs. It's inexcusable these folks are losing their jobs and security because of election-year partisanship.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Sal Pace. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded: "America is only as strong as our middle class, which means we need policies which grow the economy from the middle class out. To do this we need to preserve middle class tax cuts, reduce our deficit, control spending, reinvest in workforce training, eliminate red tape for small businesses, and reform the tax code to remove incentives to ship jobs overseas. This will put more money in the pockets of the middle class, reduce uncertainty for small business owners, and create jobs here at home" to the question: "Colorado's unemployment rate has grown in recent months. What steps would you take (or do you believe should be taken) to get more Coloradans (and more Americans) working?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Patrick Malone. The Pueblo Chieftain: State routinely disregards order for jobs data. 16 January 2012. "'The executive order was pretty simple,' said Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo. 'It said we need to come up with a method to measure the success of tax incentives for corporations. In lean budgetary times, we need to focus our energy on those that are the most productive.'" (www.chieftain.com)
  • Sal Pace. Issue Position: Accountability and Transparency. 29 February 2012. "While in the legislature, I listened to the values and concerns of average Coloradans and worked to limit government waste and increased accountability when it comes to our tax payer dollars. That's why I introduced legislation to require an annual report showing the cost and effectiveness of $2 billion in tax credits given each year by the State of Colorado. That information is crucial to help lawmakers and taxpayers make informed decisions about Colorado's future. I also introduced a bill that would limit excessive government spending by state-chartered entities." (votesmart.org)
  • Sal Pace. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 29 February 2012. "To get people back to work, we need to provide the resources small businesses need to grow and bring primary jobs back to our rural communities. I co-sponsored the Colorado JOBS Act which would have given Colorado's entrepreneurs the tools, support, resources and counseling they need for their small businesses to succeed and to help mid-size companies grow. I also helped establish a small business navigator to provide a single point of contact for small businesses to aid them in diagnosing problems, streamlining referrals, and cutting through red tape. I know that government doesn't create jobs. But government can help create the climate for growth. We need tax policies that are fair; regulations that make sense; and incentives that work." (votesmart.org)

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  • Sal Pace. Issue Position: Educattion. 29 February 2012. "We need another Sputnik moment where we do more to invest in creating a brighter future for our next generation in order to ensure that we can never be defeated in the classroom. That means financial support for our schools, and instituting responsible reforms, so that our kids can compete for a job in rural Colorado, or anywhere in the world. As House Democratic leader, I led a bipartisan effort to reinvest $90 million more into our kids' schools than was otherwise planned. To me, it was a matter of setting priorities. I'm angry that Colorado has had to cut so much from our education budgets. We're asking teachers to do more with less, but we must understand that good schools start with good teachers and principals, and we must give them the tools and support they need to succeed." (votesmart.org)

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  • Sal Pace. Issue Position: Energy. 29 February 2012. "We must develop our energy supplies wisely and responsibly. We can drill while protecting our air, water and communities. The key is balance. When our priorities and values are out of balance we all suffer. I'm proud of my work in the Colorado legislature, supporting initiatives like the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act; and increasing Colorado's energy portfolio standard to one of the strongest in the country which resulted in 1,000 more jobs in Colorado." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brumfield, Lea. League of Conservation Voters: LCV Action Fund Endorses Sal Pace for Election in Colorado's 3rd District." 17 February 2012. "I am honored to receive the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters. I am proud of my record in Colorado's legislature to support the creation of more than 1,000 clean energy jobs in the state, support the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act, fight to clean up Colorado's rivers, protect agricultural land from the Pinon Canyon military training expansion, develop responsible energy production policy, and promote the recreation and tourism-based economy which is critical to the people of the 3rd Congressional District. I look forward to continuing to work on policies and priorities that balance economic opportunity with protecting our water, air and land." (www.lcv.org)
  • Ruth Heide. Valley Courier: Pace, Tipton face off in first debate. 9 August 2012. "The two candidates agreed that: [¦] the Environmental Protection Agency has over-extended its authority and should be reigned in" (www.alamosanews.com)
  • Sal Pace. Issue Position: Energy. 29 February 2012. "We must develop our energy supplies wisely and responsibly. We can drill while protecting our air, water and communities. The key is balance. When our priorities and values are out of balance we all suffer. I'm proud of my work in the Colorado legislature, supporting initiatives like the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act; and increasing Colorado's energy portfolio standard to one of the strongest in the country which resulted in 1,000 more jobs in Colorado." (votesmart.org)
  • Sal Pace. Issue Position: Natural Resources. 29 February 2012. "I have proactively sought, and passed legislation, that helps to protect our lands and clean our water. I passed a bill forming the Fountain Creek Watershed District to work on water quality, flood control and water quantity on the Fountain Creek. I sponsored legislation to require mitigation for environmental impacts when water is transferred. Additionally, I passed the Pinon Canyon Protection Act protecting private landowners, and their beautiful natural environment in Southeastern Colorado, from further intrusion by the federal government." (votesmart.org)

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  • Sal Pace. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded: "Regulating one or two characteristics of a firearm does nothing to keep that weapon out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them. We should focus our efforts on preventing the misuse of firearms, not in restricting the rights of sportsmen and ranchers" to the question: "Should congress pass a law that outlaws high-capacity magazines that allow many bullets to be fired in a short time?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Sal Pace. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded: "Responsible firearm ownership is a cornerstone of our free society which is why I will oppose any effort to take away our guns. We need to have better mental health screening and keep weapons out of the hands of people committed to doing harm, not restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners. We must also be serious about providing law enforcement with the tools necessary to keep our communities safe." to the question: "Should congress reinstate the assault wepons ban?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Ruth Heide. Valley Courier: Pace, Tipton face off in first debate. 9 August 2012 "The two candidates agreed that: [¦] the Second Amendment right to bear arms should be protected" (www.alamosanews.com)

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  • Ruth Heide. Valley Courier: Pace, Tipton face off in first debate. 9 August 2012. "'I don't think the Affordable Care Act is perfect,' Pace said, but he added he believed changes that needed to be made to it could be designed in a bipartisan manner, just like the state legislators did when they created the healthcare exchange for Colorado." (www.alamosanews.com)
  • Joe Hanel. Durango Herald: Tipton, Pace on rare common ground. 12 July 2012. "Pace said he would have opposed the repeal vote Wednesday. 'I've stated my concerns with the health-care law, but this vote is nothing more than an attempt to score partisan political points,' Pace said in an email." (durangoherald.com)
  • Sal Pace. Get over politics; move on wit health care. 8 July 2012. "Let's fix problems with this law while protecting the parts we all agree on. Let's focus on helping small businesses and working families have access to quality care and prevent families from being one medical emergency away from bankruptcy." (www.chieftain.com)

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  • Sal Pace. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded: "I support this bi-partisan legislation because it recognizes that these young children of immigrants are a part of our community and share our values. The DREAM Act gives students who were raised in our country and have followed the law a chance to give back by joining the armed forces or going to college. Of course, the only reason we even have to consider the DREAM Act is because our representatives in Congress have completely failed to address comprehensive immigration reform" to the question: "Do you support the DREAM Act?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Peter Roper. Pueblo Chieftain: Tipton, Pace cautious on immigration decision. 16 June 2012. "Similarly, state Rep. Sal Pace, the Pueblo Democrat challenging Tipton, didn't exactly embrace the White House announcement. He said Congress needs to be working on comprehensive immigration reform and when pressed about the Obama announcement, Pace said it was 'headed in the right direction.' 'I don't think the issue should be politicized," he said. "We have a quarter-million pending deportation cases, so using a surgical approach in shrinking that makes sense. There is virtue in the concept that we prioritize those cases.'" (www.chieftain.com)

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  • Sal Pace. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "As Minority Leader in the State House, I came to appreciate the many different beliefs and traditions found in communities across Colorado. Some of these communities have come to define marriage differently than others, but it is through respecting and understanding these differences that we strengthen our common values. While nobody should be able to tell someone else who they can love, I believe that the federal government should let states and communities decide how to best define marriage" to the question: "Do you support efforts to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Tomasic, John. The Colorado Independent: "House Dems Press for Full Vote on Colorado Civil Unions Bill." 29 March 2011. "'Civil Unions are clearly an important issue to the people of Colorado. This bill deserves to be debated by all 65 members of the State House,' said House Minority Leader Sal Pace, D-Pueblo. 'I call on Speaker McNulty, Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Bob Gardner and the House Republicans to join House Democrats in sending the bill to the full House so that civil unions can have a robust debate and a straight up or down vote. Coloradans deserve that much.' Denver Senator Pat Steadman introduced SB 172 in February. The bill would grant gay couples extended domestic partnership rights." (coloradoindependent.com)

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  • Sal Pace. News: They tried this before, remember? 17 March 2012. "I'm running for Congress to protect Social Security and Medicare for seniors who have worked a lifetime and paid into those programs. I won't stand by while our current Congressman and his Beltway friends break their promises." (www.paceforcolorado.com)

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