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Eric Swalwell

Eric Swalwell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Eric Swalwell
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 15, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 15
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 11/16/1980
Birth Place: Sac City, IA
Home City: Dublin, CA
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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

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  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Patrick Creaven. East Bay Patch: Live Chat with Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell. 11 May 2012. "But it's time to bring our troops home, as soon as possible, from Afghanistan (as we did in Iraq). We can do this and still forcefully fight terrorism." (sanramon.patch.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Afghanistan. 1 January 2012. "I support a speedier withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The US has been successful in fighting the insurgents and training Afghan security forces for long-term security in what was once the heart of Al-Qaeda [...] we must ensure we have a systematic withdrawal that ensures long-term security from terrorism in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Swalwell. League of Women Voter “ Smart Voter: 2012 Eric Swalwell Answers Questions. Responded "If we are to stabilize the economy we must stop wasteful government spending and reduce our national debt. Debt reduction must be balanced with the need for government spending on programs that care for our elderly and neediest citizens and programs that protect and defend our nation. The Pentagon is currently working on a budget that will reduce military and defense spending, which I agree with, for the most part. I do not agree with cutting already-promised health care and benefits to our Veterans and current active duty military personnel. We must also look at shoring up Social Security for the long term, including raising the cap on wages and raising the retirement age gradually to index to life expectancy rates." to the question: "How should the federal budget deficit be addressed, now and into the future? How should budget priorities for defense and domestic programs be adjusted?" (www.smartvoter.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • 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)
  • 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. 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. 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Made in America. 1 January 2012. "I support a tax code that rewards U.S. manufacturers that build new plants, modernize existing plants, retrain workers, and keep jobs in America. This includes tax credits to cover moving expenses for companies that close production overseas and return jobs to the U.S. Companies that move operations out of the country should be punished in the form of higher taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Facebook: Timeline. 16 July 2012. "I support tax reform that entices companies to innovate & create & keep jobs in America. It's simple. Corps w/ most jobs here = lowest rate" (www.facebook.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Twitter: @SwalwellForCA15. 10 July 2012. "We need Bay Area jobs & Rep. Stark has done zero to get govt. & biz on same page. Let's start with a corp. tax code that rewards ª#MadeinUSA" (twitter.com)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: America's Comeback and Building a Stronger Economy. 1 January 2012. "The U.S. must provide incentives and other investments in new industries, facilitate research and development and the innovation it generates and ensure new production stays in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. League of Women Voter “ Smart Voter: 2012 Eric Swalwell Answers Questions. Responded "America's comeback starts with new energy and a strong resurgence in American innovation and manufacturing. This includes rewarding companies that create jobs in America and penalizing companies, in the form of higher taxes, for moving jobs overseas; provide research and development loans, grants, tax credits, and incentives to facilitate the successful development, manufacturing and exporting of clearn energy systems; support small business owners by ensuring the self-employer's tax contribution is no higher than an employee's and defer all federal government taxes for the first year of any new small business -- deferred taxes will be collected over a four-year payback period; create a fairer tax code to make big corporations and the rich pay their fair share. 3" to the question: "In this time of high unemployment, what are the most important steps that should be taken to improve our nation's economy?" (www.smartvoter.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Enable Entrepreneurship. 1 January 2012. "I believe we must provide small business with the incentive to risk starting a new business and employing others. I will level the playing field for contractors and the self-employed and believe a self-employer's tax contribution should be no higher than an employee's. I also support deferral of all federal government taxes for the first year of any new small business." (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: 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. 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. 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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Clean Energy Innovation. 1 January 2012. "I think that America, and the Bay Area cannot afford to lose out on the clean energy industry and the innovation and economic growth it will bring. The U.S. must adopt a sensible national renewable energy policy with clear goals for reducing pollution and our dependence on dirty and outdated energy systems. Second, I believe we should be in the business of facilitating the successful development, manufacturing and exporting of clean energy systems [...] We defend our U.S. companies and research institutions -- like Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory -- that develop and manufacture clean energy systems like solar and wind power, and LED lighting so that they remain a permanent source of U.S. jobs and profitability." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Swalwell. Issue Position: Enable Entrepreneurship. 1 January 2012. "Since 2008, the U.S. has increased output of domestic oil by 20%, or 300,000 barrels per day. However, this is not enough to combat the increase demand for supply world-wide. I believe we must do more to develop alternative energy sources to reduce our dependence on oil and promote American innovation and jobs." (votesmart.org)
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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
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. 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. 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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • 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)
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

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  • 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)

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