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Brad Sherman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 30, Democratic
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Brad Sherman 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.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Republican majority has targeted Planned Parenthood Federation of America by attempting to cut off its federal funding. None of the federal funds received by Planned Parenthood are used for abortion services, instead the federal funds are used to provide services including cancer screenings, breast exams, HIV testing and contraception. I voted against these efforts and am pleased that Planned Parenthood is still able to receive the federal funding it deserves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/655916/sherman-fights-for-progressive-issues (votesmart.org)
  • "Brad Sherman is unequivocally pro-choice and pro-funding. He has supported programs and policies that give women the means to responsibly manage their reproductive lives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/373392/issue-position-women-and-choice#.VbAVdnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/142/brad-sherman#.VbAVsHUVhHw (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

  • "In contrast, extending the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent will cost $700 billion over the next ten years, and more in the decade to come." http://sherman.house.gov/media-center/opinion-editorials/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly (sherman.house.gov)
  • "The President's economic plan is good but insufficient. We need a bolder spending program over the next 2 years to get us out of this recession, but if and only if it is paired with an even bolder program to reduce the deficit over the next 10 years. I'm pleased that the President supports tax breaks for the middle class, including the payroll tax holiday which provides immediate additional stimulus and is self-reversing." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637194/congressman-sherman-reacts-to-president-obamas-economic-plan#.VbAYEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (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

  • "The President's economic plan is good but insufficient. We need a bolder spending program over the next 2 years to get us out of this recession, but if and only if it is paired with an even bolder program to reduce the deficit over the next 10 years. I'm pleased that the President supports tax breaks for the middle class, including the payroll tax holiday which provides immediate additional stimulus and is self-reversing." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637194/congressman-sherman-reacts-to-president-obamas-economic-plan#.VbAYEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Bipartisan Budget Act is an imperfect compromise that establishes federal spending levels for 2014 and 2015. The agreement does not solve most of the big fiscal crises we face over the coming decades. But it is bipartisan and will be adopted in a timely manner. Most importantly, it allows government agencies to plan their operations and it reduces the risk of another government shutdown." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/835584/sherman-to-vote-yes-on-budget-deal#.VbAYxXUVhHw (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.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, the ugly. On many occasions, we have been told by our Republican colleagues that the worst thing we could do is increase taxes in the middle of a recession. Yet, all of the Republican proposals involve a dramatic tax increase for working families next year by allowing the Obama tax cuts to expire at year's end, particularly the Making Work Pay Tax Credit - $800 for working couples; $400 for working singles." http://sherman.house.gov/media-center/opinion-editorials/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly (sherman.house.gov)
  • "Last year, Brad Sherman cosponsored legislation to extend the expiration date of the credit to June 30, 2010, and provide a separate $6,500 credit to certain other homebuyers. These credits, while temporary, have helped to stabilize residential real estate values by encouraging home purchases." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/689784/issue-position-homebuyer-tax-credit#.VbAX53UVhHw (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/51298#.VbAbSXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbAbBHUVhHw (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

  • "The world economy is rapidly moving towards greater reliance on green technology, and we must act now in order to continue to be the world's leader in the transition to a green economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/689798/issue-position-supporting-the-american-clean-energy-and-security-act-sometimes-called-cap-and-trade#.VbAcAHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) which passed the House in 2009. This historic legislation was an important effort to help America achieve energy independence and fight global warming. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/655916/sherman-fights-for-progressive-issues/?search=repeal#.VnsoCWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/142/brad-sherman/30#.VbAcwXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Sherman introduced the Right to Clean Vehicles Act (H.R. 609) to force the EPA to allow California to regulate vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. Shortly thereafter, the Obama administration's EPA reversed the previous decision and allowed California to maintain its regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557428/issue-position-protecting-our-environment#.VbAbrnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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 voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), sometimes called Cap and Trade. This historic legislation was an important effort to help America achieve energy independence and fight global warming. It would have created millions of jobs in the green energy sector, reduced our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, and helped curb greenhouse gas emissions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/689798/issue-position-supporting-the-american-clean-energy-and-security-act-sometimes-called-cap-and-trade#.VbAcAHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/142/brad-sherman/37#.VbAdA3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "To protect our officers, I will again join with Rep. Engel to introduce the Protect Law Enforcement Armor (PLEA) Act, which would ban the Five-seveN pistol and its ammunition. […] Be assured that I will continue to fight to enact meaningful measures that keep guns off our streets and out of the hands of criminals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/689929/issue-position-cop-killer-guns#.VnsjnWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor for H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "Sherman supported the Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) which contains tough new tools to prevent, detect and take strong enforcement action against fraud in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as private insurance." https://sherman.house.gov/issues/social-security-and-medicare (sherman.house.gov)
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 strongly support key reform elements that include: 1) broad and humane treatment of the 11 million aspiring Americans, including DREAMers, and an earned path to citizenship making it possible for them to fully integrate into the nation's social and economic fabric; and 2) policies that prevent unscrupulous employers from exploiting foreign workers and reducing wages and job opportunities for U.S. workers, while directing enforcement resources in a smart and effective manner." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/818671/letter-to-speaker-john-boehner-and-leader-nancy-pelosi-comprehensive-immigration-reform-with-strong-labor-protections#.VbAfeXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "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)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/142/brad-sherman/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm extremely pleased that the 9th Circuit court upheld the decision to find Proposition 8 unconstitutional. We should reject any law that denies certain citizens the legal rights and protections that are available to others, simply because of their sexual preference." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/666322/congressman-brad-sherman-reacts-to-proposition-8-decision#.VbD6WnUVhHw (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

  • "We ought to pass a resolution authorizing air operations for a significant period of time while not expanding the President's limited rights to deploy ground forces." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922211/the-wisdom-of-president-obamas-national-security-strategy/?search=airstrikes#.Vnsk_2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Both the Assad Regime and the Islamic State are creating regional instability and need to be confronted effectively. While the United States continues to focus on ISIS alone, the Kurdish Peshmerga have been front and center in confronting both these both evils, and we should support their efforts. That is why we urge that the Peshmerga continue and expand their efforts to protect ethnic and religious minorities that have had to flee these conflicts and urge the President to order significantly increased military support." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080630/ros-lehtinen-and-sherman-introduce-bipartisan-resolution-urging-assistance-to-kurdish-peshmerga-in-fight-against-isis (votesmart.org)
  • "While the death of Osama bin Laden does not signal the end of our struggle against terrorism, it is the most significant victory against al-Qaeda since September 11, 2001. […] I applaud President Obama's leadership, as well as the superb professionalism of our armed forces and intelligence community, in the successful effort to bring this terrorist leader to justice. The U.S. must continue to pursue al-Qaeda members and affiliates around the world who seek to harm us and our allies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/608200/congressman-brad-sherman-statement-on-the-death-of-osama-bin-laden#.VbD9MHUVhHw (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

  • "In the face of the coming retirement of the baby boom generation, some are suggesting that we abandon our 50-year promise and propose schemes to "privatize" Social Security. Sherman opposed these schemes, and cosponsored legislation preventing them, because he believes it would be irresponsible to replace a guarantee with a gamble, especially in today's market." https://sherman.house.gov/issues/social-security-and-medicare (sherman.house.gov)
  • Rated 98% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/142/brad-sherman/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately, the top Republican on the House Budget Committee recently proposed the partial privatization of Social Security. The plan would cut future Social Security benefits and divert these savings to help fund new private accounts." http://sherman.house.gov/media-center/opinion-editorials/protecting-social-security-and-medicare (sherman.house.gov)

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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.

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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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