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Joe Garcia's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Joe Garcia has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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.

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

  • "Reverse Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest 1%" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/363921/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Judicial Discretion: Our country currently jails more people than any other country in the world. Over 50% of our federal prison population is incarcerated on drug offenses, many of them serving decades in prison for minor drug offenses. By strengthening the court's judicial discretion powers, a judges can pass down sentences that fit the crime. Adopting sensible sentencing practices will reduce the burden placed on the penal system and tax payers, while also letting people get back to work once they have paid their dues." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1104848/issue-position-justice-reform (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Joe supports the president's American Jobs Act as a starting point to spur growth in America's middle class and small business community, but also believes we must do more, including investing in education, research, and infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and modern transportation systems like light and high speed rail." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/729525/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy (votesmart.org)
  • "The Florida Keys are one of a kind and we have a responsibility to protect them. Updating antiquated wastewater treatment systems in the Florida Keys is one of the most important steps we can take toward preserving our environment and sustaining our economy" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/854014/congressman-garcia-brings-infrastructure-funding-to-florida-keys-to-improve-water-quality (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Joe fully supports tax cuts for middle-class and poor families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/363921/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe the development of energy infrastructure, such as Keystone XL, is critical in this country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930245/congressman-joe-garcias-statement-on-american-energy-solutions-for-lower-costs-and-more-american-jobs-act (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R.5682 "To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50584 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Garcia is also committed to advancing a comprehensive national energy strategy that promotes our nation's energy independence, reduces our dependence on foreign oil, and invests in clean energy. The time is now to start making smart decisions about how our nation speeds the transition to more sustainable sources of energy in order to protect our environment for future generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921319/issue-position-energy-and-environment (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • "Joe opposes offshore oil-drilling and fracking, and will fight to strengthen EPA laws that prevent environmental damage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1104860/issue-position-environment (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress, the special interest gun-lobby, the NRA awarded Joe Garcia a grade of "F", and Joe could not have been prouder. Republicans in Congress today have done nothing to stop gun violence, and even refused to consider a law to prevent people on the suspected terrorist no-fly list from buying guns. Joe will fight to expand background checks, stop the sale of large capacity magazines, and bring sanity back to our gun laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1104855/issue-position-ending-gun-violence (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/124355/joe-garcia/37 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A strong, affordable healthcare system is crucial for the well-being of the American people. Joe supports the president's Affordable Healthcare Act which provides tens of millions of Americans to have access to healthcare. There are many benefits in this legislation, including eliminating the negative effects of pre-existing conditions on eligibility, allowing children and young adults to stay on their parent's healthcare until age 26, increasing rebates on prescription medicine, and requiring insurers to spend 85% of their money on providing actual care." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/729523/issue-position-healthcare (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "More than 50% of our small businesses in South Florida are owned by immigrants. Passing comprehensive immigration reform means more people can start small businesses and grow our economy. When anti-immigrant Republicans blocked his bill, Joe worked closely with President Obama on Executive Actions to implement elements of his bill that would protect families from cruel deportations. In Congress, Joe will work to make the President's actions permanent." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1104853/issue-position-immigration (votesmart.org)
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/124355/joe-garcia/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm thrilled to see Florida join the growing number of states that uphold equality and recognize the right for same-sex couples to marry, regardless of who you are or who you love." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/916097/congressman-garcia-praises-court-decision-promoting-equality-for-all-floridians (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The growing influence of ISIL stands to completely destabilize the region and poses a very real threat to American interests at home and abroad. The brutal, publicized murders of two Americans, one a fellow South Floridian, showed the world the extent of their inhumanity. ISIL must be dealt with decisive action and a coordinated, comprehensive response by the United States, the Iraqi government, regional partners, and the international community." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930217/congressman-joe-garcia-responds-to-presidents-remarks-on-isil (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 should strengthen Social Security and Medicare, not weaken it. Joe Garcia will fight Republican proposals to privatize these programs, and make sure that we don't balance the budget on the backs of seniors." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1104880/issue-position-seniors (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 70% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/124355/joe-garcia/53 (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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