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Raul Ruiz's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 36, Democratic
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Raul Ruiz 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.

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 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

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/136407/raul-ruiz#.VbFhF3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/136407/raul-ruiz#.VbFhF3UVhHw (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

  • "We must make creating jobs our number one priority. These new jobs increase our tax revenues and take the weight off the middle class so they are not forced to solve a deficit crisis they didn't create. Small businesses are one of the largest job creators and should be prioritized as such." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851190/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VbFj0XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I stood with seniors and middle-class families across Riverside County and voted against the irresponsible Ryan Budget proposal. Unconscionably, this budget would raise taxes on millions of middle-class families, stifle job creation, and end the Medicare guarantee while protecting tax loopholes for the wealthy and corporations who ship jobs overseas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/864434/dr-ruiz-votes-against-reckless-ryan-budget-proposal#.VbFjH3UVhHw (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

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Senate has now passed a budget that would prevent a government shutdown and ensure that our recovering economy continues to grow, our troops in combat continue to receive pay, and our veterans and seniors continue to receive critical benefits they earned. I urge House leaders to stop holding the budget hostage to promote their political agendas, and instead bring this bill to the floor for an immediate vote." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/816961/dr-ruiz-statement-on-senate-passage-of-bill-to-fund-the-government#.VbFkwXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Create good-paying jobs in our community by investing in our economy and bringing in new businesses. We need to support actions which will restore consumer spending such as the payroll tax cut that will put more than $1,000 into the pockets of every working family." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851190/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VbFiFHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.880 "American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53301 (votesmart.org)
  • "The FRUGAL Act seeks to make government more efficient and save taxpayer funds in three innovative ways:Requires the Treasury Department to crack down on people taking advantage of offshore tax loopholes and improve programs to close those loopholes, potentially saving taxpayers millions […]." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930389/dr-ruiz-rep-swalwell-introduce-frugal-act-to-save-taxpayers-money-improve-government-efficiency#.VbFiwnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Create good-paying jobs in our community by investing in our economy and bringing in new businesses. We need to support actions which will restore consumer spending such as the payroll tax cut that will put more than $1,000 into the pockets of every working family." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851190/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VbFiFHUVhHw (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.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VbFmyHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I would have voted against S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act because the bill allows a Canadian company to be exempt from paying its fair share into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which could leave taxpayers on the hook for an expensive clean-up in the event of an oil spill." https://ruiz.house.gov/updates (ruiz.house.gov)
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

  • "The renewable energy sector employs hundreds of thousands of people here in the Coachella Valley and across the country and as the industry continues to grow, our workforce must have the skills to grow with it. Our communities need these jobs and we have access to the wind and solar resources that will allow us to lead the country in renewable energy job creation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/871635/dr-ruiz-announces-the-renewable-energy-jobs-act-to-spur-job-creation-on-the-job-training-in-renewable-energy-industry#.VbFnoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The 36th District is home to a rich diversity of natural resources and iconic public lands. Our district is also leading the way in clean, renewable energy industries such as wind, solar, and geothermal. Investing in renewable energy is an important part of fulfilling our obligation as stewards of the environment, and it will also help create clean energy jobs in our communities and strengthen the local economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826767/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.VbFoI3UVhHw (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)
  • "I applaud Pope Francis for taking a stand on climate change and calling the world to action. I will continue to work toward pragmatic and effective ways to curb carbon emissions and to raise awareness of the social justice impact of climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/981971/democratic-nat-resources-committee-leaders-popes-call-for-climate-action-transcends-politics-should-prompt-changes-of-heart#.VbFpb3UVhHw (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#.Va_llXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/136407/raul-ruiz/37#.VbFrVnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support increasing mental health services and closing the gun purchase background check loophole in order to help reduce gun violence in our communities and needless deaths in emergency rooms. Responsible gun owners and I agree that high risk individuals, terrorists, domestic violence abusers, convicted criminals, and those that suffer mental illness inclined to hurt themselves and others should not be allowed to purchase weapons. Although I prefer congressional legislation over presidential executive actions, doing nothing is irresponsible." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1041102/dr-ruizs-statement-on-executive-actions-on-gun-violence-prevention (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The 2010 health care legislation is an imperfect bill that does not adequately address the issue of rising health care costs or the physician shortage crisis in our local communities. However, it is critical that children with cancer can't be denied access to health care insurance, that young adults can stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, and that prescription drugs are affordable for our seniors." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/786353/dr-ruiz-statement-on-opposing-repeal-of-health-care-legislation#.VbFrmHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As an emergency room doctor, I have always said the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction but it will need to be improved as it is implemented to fix it and move forward to provide quality affordable healthcare in my district." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828377/dr-ruiz-statement-on-vote-to-ensure-people-can-maintain-existing-healthcare-coverage#.VbFtLnUVhHw (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

  • Signed a letter stating "We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings." http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
  • "I strongly support passing the DREAM Act, which will provide our students who are in the United States through no fault of their own the opportunity to get a high-quality education, help grow our economy, serve this country in our military, and contribute to the future of the only nation they have ever called home." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983227/issue-position-immigration#.VbFtqnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "DOMA imposes a sweeping and unjustifiable federal disability on married same-sex couples." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court#.VbFuCXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today we made a great leap towards a more equal and just America by expanding the rights of LGBT Americans across our nation. The Supreme Court came down on the right side of history. This monumental decision unequivocally states that in America, people have a constitutional right to marry who they love. I will continue to be an advocate and voice for equality and will not rest until we achieve equal rights for all Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986110/dr-ruiz-statement-on-obergefell-v-hodges-supreme-supreme-court-decision (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/136407/raul-ruiz/76#.VbFua3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "Protect Social Security and Medicare from attempts to slash the benefits California seniors have paid for and deserve." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/691388/issue-position-protect-social-security-and-medicare#.VbFwRXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I will always stand up for our seniors and protect Medicare and Social Security. We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and ensure they receive the benefits they have earned and planned on in their golden years. These critical programs are commitments we have made to retirees, and I will oppose any effort from either political party that would cut these hard-earned benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826777/issue-position-senior-citizens#.VbFwk3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 79% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/136407/raul-ruiz/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.

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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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