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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 2016, 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

  • “Women should be free to make the health care decisions that work best for them and respect their own faith and personal circumstances. […] It is about the individual freedom to choose and make your own health care decisions.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/857866/freedom-of-the-individual#.Vm8XMmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Women should be free to make the health care decisions that are best for them, and doctors should not be threatened with jail time for doing what's in the best interest of their patients.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/979752/bera-fights-attack-on-womens-access-to-care#.VagJLHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120030/ami-bera#.Vn9HSGwViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • “I will support legislation to end capital gains taxes on investments in small business and start-ups. I will support tax credits for small businesses creating new jobs here in America. And I will work to eliminate unnecessary regulations, so that owners of small firms can focus less on costly record keeping and more on the real task of running their business.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880417/issue-position-job-creation-and-economic-recovery#.VagN5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “For years, our federal tax policy has been laden with loopholes that allow the rich to get richer, while siphoning off billions of dollars that could be helping middle class American families and small businesses. We need to expose corporate loopholes and close down offshore tax havens, so that corporations and their executives pay their fair share.” http://www.beraforcongress.com/ideas/job-creation-and-economic-recovery (www.beraforcongress.com)
  • “Financial security can only be achieved by allowing Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money, so they can provide for their healthcare, higher education, retirement savings, or local business.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880435/issue-position-reducing-the-tax-burden#.VagPO3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I will continue to fight for pragmatic, responsible solutions that strengthen Medicare, make investments to grow our economy, and address our debt. That's what Sacramento County families want and deserve.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/863939/bera-comments-on-budget-votes#.VagQdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Instead, we need to work together and find common ground to strengthen and protect Medicare and Social Security, and invest in innovation, education, and manufacturing to create new American jobs. We also need to address our debt and deficit so that our children aren't buried under a mountain of debt.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/863947/bera-comments-on-ryan-budget#.VagPp3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Financial security can only be achieved by allowing Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money, so they can provide for their healthcare, higher education, retirement savings, or local business.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880435/issue-position-reducing-the-tax-burden#.VagLdnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “As a former Representative, I consistently led the fight to reduce the tax burden on America's working families, small business owners, local farmers, and ranchers. […] These tax cuts helped jumpstart economic growth by incentivizing job creation, business investment and consumer spending.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880435/issue-position-reducing-the-tax-burden#.Vm8sb2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • “As a businessman, I know the importance of supporting tax credits that allow businesses to invest in new hiring, as well as new equipment tools, technology, and alternative energy. I've used my position on key committees to reduce the regulatory burden on employers and taxpayers caused by bureaucratic government agencies, such as the IRS.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880435/issue-position-reducing-the-tax-burden#.VagLdnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred 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

  • “Every school must be a place where every student can learn. And without world-class standards in school, America's future is threatened. That is why education decisions must be made by parents and local school boards, not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880445/issue-position-our-schools-local-control-world-class-standards#.VagRWXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/513002/issue-position-education#.VagQ93UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VagSsHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Transitioning to renewable energy will both create jobs and enhance our national security, and I will ensure that Sacramento County is a leader in this essential industry.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849407/issue-position-national-security/?search=renewable#.Vm8xwGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849399/issue-position-energy#.VagTsHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “A 'Smart' and 'Green' relationship with the earth and to the natural resources that power our communities; that is both environmentally and economically wise and sustainable; and that recognizes the crucial intersection of environmental reform, job creation, and national security.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/513004/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.Vb-CB3UVikp (votesmart.org)
  • “Absolutely climate change is important […] I think that the Department of Defense has for a long time acknowledged that climate and, you know, having renewable and alternative fuel sources is going to be incredibly important to them.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880427/capital-public-radio-congressional-lawmakers-weigh-in-on-epa-move-to-cut-carbon-emissions/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.Vm8zkWwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/675834/issue-position-creating-a-new-energy-economy#.VagW0XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Absolutely climate change is important. It's a national security threat. I think that the Department of Defense has for a long time acknowledged that climate and, you know, having renewable and alternative fuel sources is going to be incredibly important to them.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880427/capital-public-radio-congressional-lawmakers-weigh-in-on-epa-move-to-cut-carbon-emissions#.VagWKXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VagXPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120030/ami-bera/37#.VagXp3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “While I believe this delay is the right thing to do now, and ACA is far from perfect, we cannot go back to the broken healthcare system that allowed insurance companies to reject people due to pre-existing conditions and when they get sick, to charge women higher premiums than men for the same coverage, and to jack rates whenever they want, without cause.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/858961/bera-comments-on-health-care-vote#.VagYP3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/785828/rep-bera-comments-on-aca-repeal-vote#.VagYonUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • “Now more than ever, Democrats and Republicans have to come together to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that secures our borders, allows our economy to grow, and ensures accountability for new American immigrants.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940211/bera-comments-on-presidents-administrative-actions-on-immigration#.VagZK3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I will, however, continue to fight the appalling King Amendment and will urge the conference committee to remove it. Ignoring the contributions made by the thousands of young people who have graduated from our schools and are contributing to our society makes no sense. It's bad for our economy, bad for our nation's security, and simply wrong.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/790011/rep-bera-comments-on-homeland-security-appropriations/?search=dream#.Vm84VmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “As the son of parents who immigrated to America in the 1950s, Rep. Bera grew up knowing the value of hard work and that America was a land of opportunity.” http://bera.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bera-comments-on-president-s-administrative-actions-on-immigration (bera.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120030/ami-bera/76#.VagcdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees.” http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/675837/issue-position-national-security#.VagdlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Among Congress' responsibilities, there is none more important than protecting the American people and our interests both here and abroad. ISIL is made up of dangerous terrorists who have committed terrible atrocities, and any action we take must keep Americans safe.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/957910/bera-comments-after-foreign-affairs-hearing-on-growing-threat-of-isil#.VagdFXUVhHw (votesmart.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

  • “We must do more to protect this vital program – which is why I've signed a pledge to protect Social Security, and fight all efforts to privatize this program and gamble with our future in the stock market.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/737610/issue-position-social-security#.VagfO3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I've pledged to not take a Congressional pension until Medicare and Social Security are secure because Sacramento County families shouldn't be forced to pay for my retirement when many of theirs are still vulnerable.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960396/bera-honors-pledge-to-refuse-pension-until-medicare-social-security-are-secure#.VaghEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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