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Ami Bera's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 7, Democratic
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Ami Bera has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Ami Bera is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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

  • 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. 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • "As a doctor, I know that health care decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, not by politicians," said Bera. "But from his silence on the recent outrageous Hobby Lobby ruling, to his anti-women votes with Todd Akin while in Congress, Congressman Ose has shown he has dangerous views on women's health that are out of touch with Sacramento County voters. He should renounce his support of the radical Akin bill and commit to protecting women's access to birth control" (votesmart.org)
  • 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. 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • "As a doctor, I know that health care decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, not by politicians," said Bera. "But from his silence on the recent outrageous Hobby Lobby ruling, to his anti-women votes with Todd Akin while in Congress, Congressman Ose has shown he has dangerous views on women's health that are out of touch with Sacramento County voters. He should renounce his support of the radical Akin bill and commit to protecting women's access to birth control" (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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. Twitter: @BeraforCongress. 12 October 2011. "Senate Reps. kill ª#AmericanJobsAct¬. Jobs created by House Reps.= ZERO. What is their plan?" (twitter.com)
  • 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. 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. 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)
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: 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Climate Change, Jobs and the New Energy EconomyFor the first time in our post-industrial history, it is possible to power our economy more efficiently and with greater economic gains by employing clean energy technology and practices. This development means we can now harness market forces to confront the dual threat of climate change and energy dependence. In Congress, I will support strategic policies and investments to promote this crucial transition from a carbon-based and energy dependent economy to one that is clean, self-sufficient, and can generate millions of good-paying jobs across every skill and education level.Investing in Efficiency and Innovation. The path to a new clean energy economy requires notable increases in energy efficiency and greater access to renewable energy sources. To achieve this we will need to invest in multiple sectors of our economy. Specifically, we should focus on increasing the fuel efficiency standards of our cars and trucks; retrofitting commercial buildings and homes; and long-term extensions of the production and investment tax credits, incentivizing further research and development in solar and wind. By taking these steps we can immediately create hundreds of thousands of manufacturing, installation, and maintenance jobs.Education and Workforce Training for the New Energy Economy. The path to a clean energy future will require a skilled workforce of engineers, scientists, computer programmers, technicians, builders, electricians and mechanics, all working together to rebuild and power a cleaner, more efficient society. We must focus on our investments in public education and workforce training, so that young people and a transitioning workforce have the knowledge and skills necessary to design and build the infrastructure of the new energy economy.Standing Up to Big OilIt is a sad fact that much of our current energy policy is skewed to the interests of big oil companies who spend billions of dollars to manipulate public perception and buy off career politicians. In Congress, I will stand up to these companies and their lobbyists. Instead I will support policy rooted in sound evidence and the best interests of the American people.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.Smarter, Safer Alternatives. The transition from a carbon-based to a clean energy future will not happen overnight, and so we must continue to explore the smartest and safest measures to maximize domestic oil and natural gas production. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques, for instance, can yield as much as ten times the amount from existing oil fields as is projected to come from offshore projects, and the benefits are immediate as opposed to the decade or more it takes to generate new oil flow offshore. While this approach is not a long-term answer, it represents the potential for realistic and fruitful compromises as we continue to develop clean and renewable technology solutions." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Ami Bera in the 2010 general election. (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Ami Bera in the 2010 general election. (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)
  • 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic.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." (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic.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." (votesmart.org)
  • 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

  • "Americans want Congress to focus on jobs, not waste time and taxpayer money voting 37 times to take away patient protections from middle class families. The Supreme Court has ruled, and ACA is now law. It's not perfect, and it's not the law I would have proposed because it doesn't do enough to address the cost of care, but we don't want to go back to a time when children faced discrimination due to pre-existing conditions, when students and young adults were kicked off their parents' insurance, and when women had to pay more for insurance than men just because of their gender.Now we need to move past partisan bickering and start working on ways we can drive healthcare costs down. For years, we've been paying more and more for healthcare, and getting less and less. As a doctor and former Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County, I know there are many places we can find savings."Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. represents Sacramento County. Born and raised in California, Bera is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He's fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country's debt in a responsible way. One of Bera's first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don't pass a budget, they don't get paid. As a member of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, he's working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation's challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • "Americans want Congress to focus on jobs, not waste time and taxpayer money voting 37 times to take away patient protections from middle class families. The Supreme Court has ruled, and ACA is now law. It's not perfect, and it's not the law I would have proposed because it doesn't do enough to address the cost of care, but we don't want to go back to a time when children faced discrimination due to pre-existing conditions, when students and young adults were kicked off their parents' insurance, and when women had to pay more for insurance than men just because of their gender.Now we need to move past partisan bickering and start working on ways we can drive healthcare costs down. For years, we've been paying more and more for healthcare, and getting less and less. As a doctor and former Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County, I know there are many places we can find savings."Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. represents Sacramento County. Born and raised in California, Bera is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He's fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country's debt in a responsible way. One of Bera's first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don't pass a budget, they don't get paid. As a member of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, he's working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation's challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • "I'm thrilled that the Supreme Court struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and I'm overjoyed the Court has returned marriage equality to Californians. This will ensure thousands of our same-sex neighbors, friends, and family members will gain the recognition and rights that they have always deserved. We are a stronger country when we respect and support all families, and today marks a huge step towards equality for all. I'll continue to work to make sure all Americans are treated equally, but today, let us celebrate this incredible victory." (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • "I'm thrilled that the Supreme Court struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and I'm overjoyed the Court has returned marriage equality to Californians. This will ensure thousands of our same-sex neighbors, friends, and family members will gain the recognition and rights that they have always deserved. We are a stronger country when we respect and support all families, and today marks a huge step towards equality for all. I'll continue to work to make sure all Americans are treated equally, but today, let us celebrate this incredible victory." (votesmart.org)
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. 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)
  • 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

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  • 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)
  • 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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