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Ami Bera's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 7, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 7
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. Bera's Wife Slams Birth Control Hearings, Urges Vote For Husband. 21 February 2012. "And I am hopeful that we can change American politics for the better this fall with a pro-choice leader who gets it. But we can't do it without your help. If you are as outraged as I am by the picture Republican politicians are painting in Washington, please join me in supporting my husband, Dr. Ami Bera for Congress. Trust me, he's one guy who gets it as a doctor, a father, and a pro-choice candidate. If you believe, as I do, that we can do better “ for ourselves, for our children, for our nation “ join me as we tell Washington to put politics aside and do what's right for the health and safety of every woman in this nation." (www.beraforcongress.com)
  • Ami Bera. Twitter: @BeraforCongress. 28 April 2012. "Spoke at a rally against the war on women today. I know firsthand: decisions should be made between patients and doctors, not politicians." (twitter.com)
  • Ami Bera. Twitter: @BeraforCongress. 4 May 2012. "Will fight in Congress to protect the freedom of all women and Americans on behalf of my mom, wife and daughter. Video: https://twitter.com/BeraForCongress/status/198456764780380160 (goo.gl)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Ami Bera in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Ami Bera in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Ami Bera in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ami Bera. Facebook: Timeline. 8 March 2012. "Today on International Women's Day I am reminded of the importance to defend women's health rights that are appallingly under attack by Congressional Republicans" (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. The Sacramento Bee - Lungren, Bera Clash Over Range of Issues in Debate. 27 October 2010. "On the war in Afghanistan, Bera called on President Barack Obama to tell Americans what he's trying to achieve. 'Are we going to stay there forever?' he asked." (votesmart.org)
  • Cody Kitaura. Elk Grove Citizen: Bera holds a telephone town hall. 22 July 2010. "On the conflict in Afghanistan, Bera shifted responsibility to the nation's commander in chief. 'We've not articulated a clear goal, and I think it's incumbent on our president at this juncture to articulate a clear message and a clear goal on what we're doing in Afghanistan,' he said." (www.egcitizen.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: Job Creation and Economic Recovery. 25 April 2012. "As an Air Force Captain during the 1990's, I have firsthand experience reducing defense spending. First, I will prevent wars from dragging on for ten years, draining our treasury and morale. Second, I will stop the war profiteering occurring under the guise of homeland security. If we are paying for it, we should know about it. I spent four years in Washington, DC discouraged by the hundreds of new office buildings being built with our tax dollars to fund homeland security contractors. I helped recover the Pentagon in the days after 9/11. As a 9/11 responder it saddens me how war profiteers and the Congress have used that attack as justification for a long list of unnecessary programs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. Facebook: Timeline. 18 October 2011. "Dan Lungren is 1 of 4 Congressmen targeted in a new national ad for advocating lowering taxes for millionaires and supporting shipping jobs overseas, while the unemployment rate in Sacramento is over 12%. Watch the ad here: http://www.facebook.com/BeraForCongress/posts/175734982512888 (bit.ly)
  • Cody Kitaura. Elk Grove Citizen: Bera holds a telephone town hall. 22 July 2010. "'We've got to let the Bush tax cuts expire,' Bera said. 'Then we can start rebuilding a system that works for the middle class." (www.egcitizen.com)
  • Ami Bera. Facebook: Timeline. 11 October 2011. "Do you stand with the 1% or do you stand with the 99%? I believe it is time that we re-built the middle class and created a fair playing field for all Americans. What do you think?" (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: Streamline Government, Balance the Budget. 25 April 2012. "The role of government is not to solve all our problems, but to create a context of opportunity for individuals, families and communities to work hard, succeed, and shape the life they desire. In Congress, I will support federal policy to balance our budget and aggressively reduce government waste and inefficiency, so that we can maximize taxpayer dollars to address the great challenges of our day: protecting our country; investing in a new economy; and ensuring the education and health of our children and workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Ami Bera. Twitter: @BeraforCongress. 12 October 2011. "Senate Reps. kill ª#AmericanJobsAct¬. Jobs created by House Reps.= ZERO. What is their plan?" (twitter.com)
  • Ami Bera. Facebook: Timeline. 13 October 2011. "The majority of Americans feel that creating jobs is the number one issue. 63% of those polled support the American Jobs Act. Yet Congress has failed to act. This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans. It is about creating jobs in America. It's time Congress got its act together. What do you think?" (www.facebook.com)
  • Ami Bera. Facebook: Timeline. 12 October 2011. "Senate Republicans have now voted against the American Jobs Act. Now the question is, will the Republicans in Congress offer any plan other than tax cuts for billionaires and tax subsidies for Big Oil Companies? Those policies already failed and are killing the middle class. It is time that we put America back to work. What's their plan?" (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: Job Creation and Economic Recovery. 25 April 2012. "In today's economy, small businesses employ over half of America's workers, create nearly two-thirds of all new jobs, and are responsible for over 97 percent of all exported goods. Our economic policy needs to better reflect the central role of small firms to our nation's economic health. This means improving access to capital; extending small business R&D tax credits for the long-term; instituting fairer and simpler tax codes for small businesses to compete at home and abroad; and reforming our healthcare system to allay debilitating costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Ami Bera. Twitter: @BeraforCongress. 12 October 2011. "Senate Reps. kill ª#AmericanJobsAct¬. Jobs created by House Reps.= ZERO. What is their plan?" (twitter.com)
  • Ami Bera. Facebook: Timeline. 12 October 2011. "Senate Republicans have now voted against the American Jobs Act. Now the question is, will the Republicans in Congress offer any plan other than tax cuts for billionaires and tax subsidies for Big Oil Companies? Those policies already failed and are killing the middle class. It is time that we put America back to work. What's their plan?" (www.facebook.com)
  • Ami Bera. Facebook: Timeline. 13 October 2011. "The majority of Americans feel that creating jobs is the number one issue. 63% of those polled support the American Jobs Act. Yet Congress has failed to act. This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans. It is about creating jobs in America. It's time Congress got its act together. What do you think?" (www.facebook.com)
  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: The Economy. 25 April 2012. "An Economy that encourages competition and innovation. We need a vibrant economy that preserves the jobs we have while creating new ones through job training, especially in clean energy technologies. We can build on the strengths of our local communities by helping small businesses grow and rewarding companies that create good jobs here." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: Reinvest in our Children and Workforce. 25 April 2012. "We must focus in on our investments in public education and workforce training, so that young people and a transitioning workforce have the knowledge and skills necessary to build for a successful life. This means aligning education funding and reforms to meet critical economic objectives, and retooling our schools and colleges to prepare students for a diversity of career pathways in a changing global environment. Education in the 21st century must be a collaborative effort, linking a diversity of leadership and organizational resources to best serve and prepare the next generation." (votesmart.org)
  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: Education. 25 April 2012. "An Education system that provides creative, nurturing and safe environments for our youth, from early education through high school and college. In order to prepare our kids to compete in the global economy and win the good-paying jobs of tomorrow, we have to continue investing in education." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. CREATING A NEW ENERGY ECONOMY. 20 August 2012. "No on Offshore Drilling. The potential benefits of offshore drilling are easily outweighed by the profound risks posed to our oceans and coastal economies. In Congress, I will fight for more promising energy solutions that can move us further and faster towards our goals of environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and national security. I will also support greater oversight and regulation to ensure existing operations are held to the highest standards of safety and accountability." (www.beraforcongress.com)
  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 25 April 2012. "Energy independence is central to our national security. High oil prices help fund al Qaeda and aid brutal regimes like Iran. By relying on foreign oil, we fund the same extremists our military is fighting. We do not have enough oil in the United States to drill our way out of our dependence on foreign oil. Transitioning to renewable power will both create jobs and enhance our national security, and I will ensure that northern California is a part of this march toward progress. If you'd like to learn more about this critical issue please take a moment to read my Energy Plan, available here." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Ami Bera in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Ami Bera in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters: LCV Action Fund Endorses Dr. Ami Bera for Election in California's 7th District. 27 January 2012. "Dr. Bera supports efforts to ensure corporate polluters clean up their act and recognizes the crucial intersection between energy innovation, job creation, and national security. He acknowledges that our economy is skewed to the interests of big oil companies, and he pledges to stand up to these companies and their lobbyists. Further, he believes our nation must invest in cleaner, homegrown sources of power, such as wind and solar, and focus on constructing and retrofitting homes and commercial buildings to make them more energy efficient. In Congress, he would support pro-environment legislation like the Clean Water Restoration Act, which clarifies the jurisdiction of the U.S. federal government in dealing with water pollution." (www.lcv.org)
  • Ami Bera. California Progress Report: The Numbers Tell The Story. 29 July 2010. "If I'm elected, I'll fight for energy policy that protects our environment and puts us on the path to sustainable development [¦] I support greater fuel standards for cars and trucks, retrofitting our buildings and homes to increase energy efficiency, and incentivizing development of wind and solar power. By taking these steps, we can both protect our planet and create millions of good paying jobs in renewable energy." (www.californiaprogressreport.com)
  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: Creating a New Energy Economy. 1 January 2012. "The transition to a clean energy future is not only about reducing energy dependence and combating global climate change; it is about improving the health and quality of life for our families and protecting our environment. As a father, I have no greater responsibility than making sure I leave our world better off for the next generation. As a doctor, it's my job to listen to my patients, understand their challenges, and work with them to make the necessary decisions. As a person of faith, I know it is our responsibility to protect and preserve the planet with the utmost of care. In Congress, I will work closely with county and city officials, developers, business and community leaders to ensure our region has a voice to fight for the resources we need to implement the development goals outlined in our Regional Blueprint. With strong, locally-rooted Congressional leadership, I am confident we can accelerate these efforts to create more livable and energy efficient communities. In the process, we can support the health and quality of life of our families, while also transforming our region into a national leader in the new clean energy economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ami Bera in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cody Kitaura. Elk Grove Patch: Lungren and Bera Agree on 100-Round Magazine Ban. 6 August 2012. "Dr. Bera supports the assault weapons ban and especially in light of the recent tragedy in Aurora," campaign spokesman Josh Wolf told the Bee. (elkgrove.patch.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: Health Care. 25 April 2012. "A Health Care system that provides compassionate and essential coverage. The new health care law is an important first step in increasing access to basic medical coverage. However, it is just a step and we must continue fighting the insurance companies to truly reduce costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Ami Bera. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. "Today Chief Justice Roberts did what Dan Lungren could never do. He set politics aside to do what he thought was right. We cannot go back to the days when patients were denied coverage for preexisting conditions and when women were unfairly charged more than men. Health care costs are still rising. Washington needs to put politics aside and make coverage more affordable for our middle-class families and small businesses. As Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County, I took on big pharmaceutical companies to lower the cost of care and increase coverage; in Congress I will do the same." (www.facebook.com)
  • Ami Bera. Sacramento doctor shares thoughts on Affordable Care Act. July 2012. "I'm absolutely worried about the cost of health care, and that's where we need to go right now. You know, small businesses are struggling to afford to pay health care... we're paying more and more every year and getting less and less. Now that the Supreme Court has acted on this... let's start taking care of the issues..." (www.news10.net)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Suzanne Phan. News 10: Bera versus Lungren for 3rd Congressional District Seat. 21 October 2010. "We should have a legal path to citizenship. and then we should enforce those laws. We should hold employees accountable. we should have individuals accountable [¦] We know there are certain industries where we need a work force. if there are those jobs were we can't certain people to work, we should have a work visa program." (www.news10.net)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Nir. Daily Kos: Orange to Blue: Daily Kos endorses Ami Bera in California's 7th Congressional District. 27 June 2012. "I believe that same sex partners should be granted the same rights and privileges as any other couple, including: the right to marry, the ability to adopt, property rights, employment related benefits, tax treatment, the right to assist loved ones in cases of emergency, and survivor benefits." (www.dailykos.com)
  • Mary McCurnin. MyFDL: Bera Goes On The Offensive Against Lungren/CQ Shows Toss Up. 1 October 2010. "[Bera] supports gay marriage and is pro-choice." (my.firedoglake.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. Issue Position: Terrorism. 25 April 2012. "Secure America and destroy terrorist organizations. America is leading the world in dismantling terrorist cells and training facilities, and stopping terrorism before it starts. We will use the full force of our military and intelligence capabilities and cooperate with allies to disrupt the global terror infrastructure and financing networks." (votesmart.org)
  • Ami Bera. Council for a Livable World: Ami Bera is running a strong campaign for Congress in California. 25 July 2012. "The greatest single security threat to the United States is nuclear terrorism. The United States needs to use its intelligence and military capabilities to make sure al Qaeda does not get its hands on nuclear weapons. Our country must support efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons and technology to ensure that 'loose nukes' don't fall into the wrong hands. In the long run, America is best served in a world free of nuclear weapons, a bipartisan goal supported by both Presidents Reagan and Obama." (blog.livableworld.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ami Bera. On 75th Anniversary of Social Security, Dr. Ami Bera Signs Pledge Not to Privatize. 13 August 2010. "Today, in a celebration with senior citizens commemorating the 75th anniversary of Social Security, Dr. Ami Bera signed a pledge promising not to privatize the Social Security program, and called on Dan Lungren to do the same. After signing the pledge, Dr. Bera presented the seniors with a large cake to celebrate the program's birthday. 'After celebrating the 75th birthday of Social Security with the great residents of Eskaton Senior Village, I've signed a pledge to fight against any efforts by Washington D.C. to privatize Social Security,' said Dr. Bera. 'I challenge Congressman Dan Lungren to make that same pledge. [¦] I believe strongly in protecting the future of this vital program and ensuring its long-term sustainability,' said Dr. Bera. 'My opponent has advocated for privatizing Social Security and gambling with seniors' benefits in the stock market -- an idea that would have resulted in an economic catastrophe for millions of Americans. When I'm elected, I'll do everything in my power to protect Social Security today, and for the next generation of American workers.'" (votesmart.org)

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