Search Form
First, enter a politician or zip code
Now, choose a category
 

Eric Swalwell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 15, Democratic
Project Vote Smart does not permit the use of its name or programs in any campaign activity, including advertising, debates, and speeches.
Eric Swalwell has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Eric Swalwell is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

  • Eric Swalwell was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014))
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Women. 1 January 2012. "I am 100% pro-choice and support the right of women to have full access to contraception and reproductive health services. I also support passage of the Violence Against Women Act and I support equal pay for equal work." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014))
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Women. 1 January 2012. "I am 100% pro-choice and support the right of women to have full access to contraception and reproductive health services. I also support passage of the Violence Against Women Act and I support equal pay for equal work." (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

  • Patrick Creaven. East Bay Patch: Live Chat with Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell. 11 May 2012. "I support having wealthier Americans pay their fair share -- for starters, at least as much as their secretaries! (E.g., the Buffett rule)....and I actually favor, like Pres. Obama, lowering the corporate tax rate....ONLY for those who wish to bring jobs back to America. And punishing those, and not rewarding companies who want to send jobs overseas." (sanramon.patch.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Facebook: Timeline. 17 April 2012. "RT if you stand with President Obama in support of millionaires paying their fair share in taxes. #BuffettRule" (www.facebook.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Ballot Statement. "We can deliver a tax code that encourages "Made in America," no longer rewards companies who send jobs overseas, and makes the super-rich pay their fair share." (www.swalwellforcongress.com)
  • Patrick Creaven. East Bay Patch: Live Chat with Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell. 11 May 2012. "I support having wealthier Americans pay their fair share -- for starters, at least as much as their secretaries! (E.g., the Buffett rule)....and I actually favor, like Pres. Obama, lowering the corporate tax rate....ONLY for those who wish to bring jobs back to America. And punishing those, and not rewarding companies who want to send jobs overseas." (sanramon.patch.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: A Fairer Tax Code and Our National Budget. 1 January 2012. "I support a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans. Many wealthy people have vastly increased their wealth through a federal tax policy that puts a lower tax rate on investment income like dividend and interest from stocks and other assets. Most Americans pay taxes based on wages and salaries that are taxed at a higher rate than investment income -- a vicious circle that ensures the rich get richer and the rest of us just get by." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Facebook: Timeline. 17 April 2012. "RT if you stand with President Obama in support of millionaires paying their fair share in taxes. #BuffettRule" (www.facebook.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Ballot Statement. "We can deliver a tax code that encourages "Made in America," no longer rewards companies who send jobs overseas, and makes the super-rich pay their fair share." (www.swalwellforcongress.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: A Fairer Tax Code and Our National Budget. 1 January 2012. "I support a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans. Many wealthy people have vastly increased their wealth through a federal tax policy that puts a lower tax rate on investment income like dividend and interest from stocks and other assets. Most Americans pay taxes based on wages and salaries that are taxed at a higher rate than investment income -- a vicious circle that ensures the rich get richer and the rest of us just get by." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Swalwell. Ballot Statement. "As a Dublin City Councilman, I reformed the city's pension plan to meet our commitments to retirees while balancing the budget without layoffs or service cuts. In Congress, I'll end wasteful spending and reduce our debt." (www.swalwellforcongress.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Ballot Statement. "As a Dublin City Councilman, I reformed the city's pension plan to meet our commitments to retirees while balancing the budget without layoffs or service cuts. In Congress, I'll end wasteful spending and reduce our debt." (www.swalwellforcongress.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: A Fairer Tax Code and Our National Budget. 1 January 2012. "Finally, Congress and the government must stop wasteful government spending and reduce our national debt as another key step to economic stability." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: A Fairer Tax Code and Our National Budget. 1 January 2012. "Finally, Congress and the government must stop wasteful government spending and reduce our national debt as another key step to economic stability." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "The world is changing fast. And if our district's children -- and children across America, are going to compete in a global economy, we must transform the way we educate our children. I propose repealing No Child Left Behind and delivering as much federal dollars to local districts for local decision-making as possible. We also must encourage private industry and public educators and administrators to get on the same page so that we are preparing our children with the skills they will need to enter the workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Strong Schools = Strong National Security. 1 January 2012. "Improving America's schools will strengthen national security and our economic prosperity [¦] Finally, we need to improve high school graduation rates and the physical fitness of our students. We need educated troops who have the aptitude and fitness to serve US interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Facebook: Timeline. 19 July 2012. "Rep. Stark supports No Child Left Behind. A new Congress is an opportunity to reform it. We must disrupt our Ed system w/ a 21st cent. Model" (www.facebook.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "The world is changing fast. And if our district's children -- and children across America, are going to compete in a global economy, we must transform the way we educate our children. I propose repealing No Child Left Behind and delivering as much federal dollars to local districts for local decision-making as possible. We also must encourage private industry and public educators and administrators to get on the same page so that we are preparing our children with the skills they will need to enter the workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Strong Schools = Strong National Security. 1 January 2012. "Improving America's schools will strengthen national security and our economic prosperity [¦] Finally, we need to improve high school graduation rates and the physical fitness of our students. We need educated troops who have the aptitude and fitness to serve US interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Facebook: Timeline. 19 July 2012. "Rep. Stark supports No Child Left Behind. A new Congress is an opportunity to reform it. We must disrupt our Ed system w/ a 21st cent. Model" (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Swalwell. League of Women Voters “ Smart Voter: 2012 Eric Swalwell Answers Questions. Responded "Clean energy innovation is a top priority for me. I believe the US must adopt a sensible national renewable energy policy with clear goals for reducing pollution and our dependence on dirty and outdated energy systems. We should facilitate the successful development, manufacturing and exporting of clean energy systems. This includes research and development loans and grants and tax credits and incentives. Not only will these new, clean energy systems reduce carbon emissions and help clean our environment, this could be the biggest engine of next-generation technology and manufacturing -- and the US should be reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy industry. We must also do more to develop alternative energy sources to reduce our dependence on oil." to the question: "What are your priorities with respect to our nation's energy policy? Should there be an emphasis on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, and/or on reducing our dependence on foreign sources?" (www.smartvoter.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. League of Women Voters “ Smart Voter: 2012 Eric Swalwell Answers Questions. Responded "Clean energy innovation is a top priority for me. I believe the US must adopt a sensible national renewable energy policy with clear goals for reducing pollution and our dependence on dirty and outdated energy systems. We should facilitate the successful development, manufacturing and exporting of clean energy systems. This includes research and development loans and grants and tax credits and incentives. Not only will these new, clean energy systems reduce carbon emissions and help clean our environment, this could be the biggest engine of next-generation technology and manufacturing -- and the US should be reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy industry. We must also do more to develop alternative energy sources to reduce our dependence on oil." to the question: "What are your priorities with respect to our nation's energy policy? Should there be an emphasis on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, and/or on reducing our dependence on foreign sources?" (www.smartvoter.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support common sense reforms to prevent gun violence and make Americans safer. We need to keep dangerous weapons out of civilian hands, improve our background check system, make sure the mentally ill receive the treatment they need, and provide schools the required resources to keep our children secure.What I am Doing for Yougun violenceI cosponsored H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act. This bill, supported by Democrats and Republicans, would expand background checks to all commercial sales of firearms.I cosponsored H.R. 437, the Assault Weapons Ban, which would get military-style weapons off our streets and out of hands of dangerous criminals. It also would limit ammunition feeding devices to no more than ten rounds. A similar law already exists in California.I cosponsored H.R. 431, the Gun Transparency and Accountability (Gun TRAC) Act. This bill would improve the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to track illegal guns." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support common sense reforms to prevent gun violence and make Americans safer. We need to keep dangerous weapons out of civilian hands, improve our background check system, make sure the mentally ill receive the treatment they need, and provide schools the required resources to keep our children secure.What I am Doing for Yougun violenceI cosponsored H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act. This bill, supported by Democrats and Republicans, would expand background checks to all commercial sales of firearms.I cosponsored H.R. 437, the Assault Weapons Ban, which would get military-style weapons off our streets and out of hands of dangerous criminals. It also would limit ammunition feeding devices to no more than ten rounds. A similar law already exists in California.I cosponsored H.R. 431, the Gun Transparency and Accountability (Gun TRAC) Act. This bill would improve the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to track illegal guns." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patrick Creaven. East Bay Patch: Live Chat with Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell. 11 May 2012. "I support the Affordable Care Act. But it's not the silver bullet for health care reform. It does nothing to control costs. It increases access. I'm interested in bringing down costs, which are rising almost 7X the increase in wages." (sanramon.patch.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Affordable Care Act. 1 January 2012. "I support the Affordable Care Act and the benefits that many are already receiving, including health insurance coverage for children up to age 26 under a parent's health insurance. I also believe we need to do more to control the costs of providing health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. League of Women Voter “ Smart Voter: 2012 Eric Swalwell Answers Questions. Responded "I support the recently enacted Federal Health Care Reform legislation which is already providing relief to millions of American families in the form on continued health care insurance coverage for children until the age of 26. However, there is much more we can do to hold down health care costs. As a member of the Alameda County Fire Commission, we have created a pilot project that provides drop-in preventative health care services to the public at our firestations. We need to look at more creative ways to reach those without health insurance and provide low-cost preventative services to avoid higher cost care later. " to the question: "What, if any, changes should be made to federal health care policies or programs?" (www.smartvoter.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. The Stark-Swalwell-Pareja smackdown in Hayward. 10 April 2012. "The individual health care insurance mandate: Stark and Swalwell both voiced support for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance reforms. Swalwell said it's not a silver bullet, and the nation should still be looking for new innovations to reduce health care costs and increase access; he cited an Alameda County program in which some nonemergency care is provided by paramedics and nurses at fire stations. Stark said the mandate is necessary to ensure that those who don't carry insurance won't become free riders who increase costs for those who do. Pareja said "absolutely not" to a mandate; he said 85 percent of Americans were already happy with the health care insurance they had, and the nation would've been better served by building a better safety net for the other 15 percent until they can buy their own insurance, too." (www.swalwellforcongress.com)
  • Patrick Creaven. East Bay Patch: Live Chat with Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell. 11 May 2012. "I support the Affordable Care Act. But it's not the silver bullet for health care reform. It does nothing to control costs. It increases access. I'm interested in bringing down costs, which are rising almost 7X the increase in wages." (sanramon.patch.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Affordable Care Act. 1 January 2012. "I support the Affordable Care Act and the benefits that many are already receiving, including health insurance coverage for children up to age 26 under a parent's health insurance. I also believe we need to do more to control the costs of providing health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. League of Women Voter “ Smart Voter: 2012 Eric Swalwell Answers Questions. Responded "I support the recently enacted Federal Health Care Reform legislation which is already providing relief to millions of American families in the form on continued health care insurance coverage for children until the age of 26. However, there is much more we can do to hold down health care costs. As a member of the Alameda County Fire Commission, we have created a pilot project that provides drop-in preventative health care services to the public at our firestations. We need to look at more creative ways to reach those without health insurance and provide low-cost preventative services to avoid higher cost care later. " to the question: "What, if any, changes should be made to federal health care policies or programs?" (www.smartvoter.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. The Stark-Swalwell-Pareja smackdown in Hayward. 10 April 2012. "The individual health care insurance mandate: Stark and Swalwell both voiced support for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance reforms. Swalwell said it's not a silver bullet, and the nation should still be looking for new innovations to reduce health care costs and increase access; he cited an Alameda County program in which some nonemergency care is provided by paramedics and nurses at fire stations. Stark said the mandate is necessary to ensure that those who don't carry insurance won't become free riders who increase costs for those who do. Pareja said "absolutely not" to a mandate; he said 85 percent of Americans were already happy with the health care insurance they had, and the nation would've been better served by building a better safety net for the other 15 percent until they can buy their own insurance, too." (www.swalwellforcongress.com)
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

  • Eric Swalwell. The Stark-Swalwell-Pareja smackdown in Hayward. 10 April 2012. "Immigration: Swalwell called for reform, including deporting violent criminals but also a path to citizenship for law-abiding undocumented immigrants." (www.swalwellforcongress.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. The Stark-Swalwell-Pareja smackdown in Hayward. 10 April 2012. "Immigration: Swalwell called for reform, including deporting violent criminals but also a path to citizenship for law-abiding undocumented immigrants." (www.swalwellforcongress.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "I support removing violent, convicted criminals who are in our country without documentation. For the vast majority of undocumented individuals who work and contribute to our economy, I support a pathway to legal citizenship. I also support the Dream Act and believe it is in our economic interests (and the right thing to do) to allow children of undocumented individuals who have attended school in the US to have access, not preference, to higher education." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "I support removing violent, convicted criminals who are in our country without documentation. For the vast majority of undocumented individuals who work and contribute to our economy, I support a pathway to legal citizenship. I also support the Dream Act and believe it is in our economic interests (and the right thing to do) to allow children of undocumented individuals who have attended school in the US to have access, not preference, to higher education." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Swalwell. Twitter: @SwalwellForCA15. 9 May 2012. "@SFGate Hats off to our President for doing the right thing. In 20 years, we will look back in shock, and ask, 'We tried to ban what?!'" (twitter.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Facebook: Timeline. 7 February 2012. "'"Proposition 8...serves no purpose other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California." -Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.' There are days in our nation's history when genuine progress toward our goal of forming a more perfect union is realized. Days when America's founding promise, that all men and women are created equal, is once again fulfilled. Today is one of those days." (www.facebook.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Equality. 1 January 2012. "I support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. This includes the freedom to marry and the freedom to openly serve in the US military. I also support the repeal of the California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Twitter: @SwalwellForCA15. 9 May 2012. "@SFGate Hats off to our President for doing the right thing. In 20 years, we will look back in shock, and ask, 'We tried to ban what?!'" (twitter.com)
  • "Everyone should be treated equally under the law. Love is love and I'm thrilled the Supreme Court overturned the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and returned marriage equality to California in June. We should all have the same chance to live up to our given potential. Discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity simply has no place in modern society, and we must do all we can to stamp it out." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Facebook: Timeline. 7 February 2012. "'"Proposition 8...serves no purpose other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California." -Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.' There are days in our nation's history when genuine progress toward our goal of forming a more perfect union is realized. Days when America's founding promise, that all men and women are created equal, is once again fulfilled. Today is one of those days." (www.facebook.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Equality. 1 January 2012. "I support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. This includes the freedom to marry and the freedom to openly serve in the US military. I also support the repeal of the California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Everyone should be treated equally under the law. Love is love and I'm thrilled the Supreme Court overturned the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and returned marriage equality to California in June. We should all have the same chance to live up to our given potential. Discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity simply has no place in modern society, and we must do all we can to stamp it out." (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

  • Patrick Creaven. East Bay Patch: Live Chat with Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell. 11 May 2012. "Al Qaeda and other cells are determined to kill innocent Americans, our allies, and innocent people across the globe. We can't relent. But we must work with our allies. Increase the use of unmanned aircraft where possible (and accurate to prevent innocent deaths from our attacks)." (sanramon.patch.com)
  • Patrick Creaven. East Bay Patch: Live Chat with Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell. 11 May 2012. "Al Qaeda and other cells are determined to kill innocent Americans, our allies, and innocent people across the globe. We can't relent. But we must work with our allies. Increase the use of unmanned aircraft where possible (and accurate to prevent innocent deaths from our attacks)." (sanramon.patch.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Terrorism. 1 January 2012. "I am committed to focusing our security priorities toward the continued hunt for Al-Qaeda leaders and the dismantling of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks. This includes continued funding for the training and equipment of our special-ops forces that are successfully defeating Al-Qaeda and providing the US a strong national defense. We must also foster better coordination among intelligence agencies to remain vigilant and strong against terrorist threats." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Terrorism. 1 January 2012. "I am committed to focusing our security priorities toward the continued hunt for Al-Qaeda leaders and the dismantling of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks. This includes continued funding for the training and equipment of our special-ops forces that are successfully defeating Al-Qaeda and providing the US a strong national defense. We must also foster better coordination among intelligence agencies to remain vigilant and strong against terrorist threats." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. "Social Security is one of our most successful government programs, lifting seniors out of poverty and offering most seniors the only means of retirement income. To ensure the long-term viability of the program, I support lifting the cap on wages above $110,000 and also support raising the retirement age gradually and tying it to life expectancy rates." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. "Social Security is one of our most successful government programs, lifting seniors out of poverty and offering most seniors the only means of retirement income. To ensure the long-term viability of the program, I support lifting the cap on wages above $110,000 and also support raising the retirement age gradually and tying it to life expectancy rates." (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.

Skip to top
Back to top