Representative Alan S. Lowenthal's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 47, Democratic
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Alan Lowenthal has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Alan Lowenthal is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rated 0% in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
  • Rated 100% in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rated 0% in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Lowenthal. Gary DeLong has a new running mate: Republican Presidential plan to end Medicare. 11 August 2012. "After Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential candidate today, Republicans in the Congress and the Presidential race have made their budget a top priority " a budget that raises taxes on the middle class and eliminates Medicare as we know it just to give out more big tax cuts to billionaires, millionaires, and corporations [¦] 'Alan is the only candidate who has proven his ability to make the tough decisions and find bipartisan solutions to the real problems facing our communities. He won't sacrifice our seniors and middle class just to give more handouts to billionaires and huge corporations.'" (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Facebook: Timeline. 20 June 2012. "I support real tax reform and fairness. I will fight the Republicans' plans to both raise taxes on the middle class and slash taxes for millionaires and billionaires." (www.facebook.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Twitter: @Lowenthal2012. 20 June 2012. "7% tax cut for middle class vs. 30% tax cut for millionaires... @washingtonpost has the details: ¦ #TaxFairness #CA47" https://twitter.com/Lowenthal2012/status/215616388881055744 (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Gary DeLong has a new running mate: Republican Presidential plan to end Medicare. 11 August 2012. "After Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential candidate today, Republicans in the Congress and the Presidential race have made their budget a top priority " a budget that raises taxes on the middle class and eliminates Medicare as we know it just to give out more big tax cuts to billionaires, millionaires, and corporations [¦] 'Alan is the only candidate who has proven his ability to make the tough decisions and find bipartisan solutions to the real problems facing our communities. He won't sacrifice our seniors and middle class just to give more handouts to billionaires and huge corporations.'" (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Facebook: Timeline. 20 June 2012. "I support real tax reform and fairness. I will fight the Republicans' plans to both raise taxes on the middle class and slash taxes for millionaires and billionaires." (www.facebook.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Twitter: @Lowenthal2012. 20 June 2012. "7% tax cut for middle class vs. 30% tax cut for millionaires... @washingtonpost has the details: ¦ #TaxFairness #CA47" https://twitter.com/Lowenthal2012/status/215616388881055744 (www.washingtonpost.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Lowenthal. About Alan. 14 March 2012. "Alan played a leading role in promoting new infrastructure and clean "green" technologies that have simultaneously led to more efficient transportation systems , especially around the Port of Long Beach. This has resulted in markedly cleaner air for the Long Beach area. By working with leaders of the goods movement sector, local governments, and environmental advocates, he has proven that job creation and sound environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Issue Position: Jobs. 14 March 2012. "California is at the leading edge of green technology innovation and the creation of 'green collar jobs.' Alan Lowenthal will aggressively pursue the funding and legislation necessary to support and expand these job-creating technologies and industries, and keep them in California. As a Senator, Alan was a champion of infrastructure investment, bringing tens of thousands of jobs to our community and improving our roads, bridges, and public buildings. In the Congress, Alan will work to increase the value of our infrastructure and at the same time create good paying jobs with benefits by investing in repairing, improving, and upgrading our crumbling federal infrastructure." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. About Alan. 14 March 2012. "Alan played a leading role in promoting new infrastructure and clean "green" technologies that have simultaneously led to more efficient transportation systems , especially around the Port of Long Beach. This has resulted in markedly cleaner air for the Long Beach area. By working with leaders of the goods movement sector, local governments, and environmental advocates, he has proven that job creation and sound environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Issue Position: Jobs. 14 March 2012. "California is at the leading edge of green technology innovation and the creation of 'green collar jobs.' Alan Lowenthal will aggressively pursue the funding and legislation necessary to support and expand these job-creating technologies and industries, and keep them in California. As a Senator, Alan was a champion of infrastructure investment, bringing tens of thousands of jobs to our community and improving our roads, bridges, and public buildings. In the Congress, Alan will work to increase the value of our infrastructure and at the same time create good paying jobs with benefits by investing in repairing, improving, and upgrading our crumbling federal infrastructure." (www.alanlowenthal.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Long Beach Unified School District: Budget Update: LBUSD's Funding Bill Clears Senate 35-0. 3 June 2012. "I truly believe this program [SB1396] will demonstrate that state money for categorical programs can be managed more efficiently and responsibly at the local level while making progress in closing the achievement gap and saving teacher jobs." (www.lbusd.k12.ca.us)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Jonathan Van Dyke. The Gazette: 47th District Candidates Jostle For Primary Position At Forum. 4 May 2012. "On education [¦] Lowenthal said helpful guidelines like Obama's Race to the Top program could help." (gazettes.com)
  • Long Beach Unified School District: Budget Update: LBUSD's Funding Bill Clears Senate 35-0. 3 June 2012. "I truly believe this program [SB1396] will demonstrate that state money for categorical programs can be managed more efficiently and responsibly at the local level while making progress in closing the achievement gap and saving teacher jobs." (www.lbusd.k12.ca.us)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Jonathan Van Dyke. The Gazette: 47th District Candidates Jostle For Primary Position At Forum. 4 May 2012. "On education [¦] Lowenthal said helpful guidelines like Obama's Race to the Top program could help." (gazettes.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 956 - Prohibits Pending Pipeline Permit Applications from Receiving Automatic Approval - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 3301 that exempts pending projects from the provisions of the bill that prohibit a Presidential permit from being required for any oil or natural gas pipeline or any cross border segment with Canada or Mexico.
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Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alan Lowenthal in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Alan Lowenthal in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Lowenthal. About Alan. 14 March 2012. "Alan played a leading role in promoting new infrastructure and clean "green" technologies that have simultaneously led to more efficient transportation systems , especially around the Port of Long Beach. This has resulted in markedly cleaner air for the Long Beach area. By working with leaders of the goods movement sector, local governments, and environmental advocates, he has proven that job creation and sound environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive [¦] In Sacramento Alan Lowenthal took the lead in efforts to improve air quality, increase coastal access and restore inland waterways throughout the state. As a result, he has been honored by several environmental advocacy groups, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Planning and Conservation League, and the California Coastal Commission." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Going Green Brings The Green. 9 February 2012. "I still hear all too often that being green means going broke. The truth is, more and more companies are proactively focusing on corporate social responsibility, of which environmental responsibility, sustainability and the creation of green jobs are all part [¦] In addition to a new sense of environmental responsibility, the ports have also become investors and incubators for new clean technologies. They have become backers of some of the thousands of green entrepreneurs which we can proudly say have put California at the forefront of the green economy. We can boast more than 500,000 green jobs in our state, with the number growing about 5 percent each year." (sd27.senate.ca.gov)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Issue Position: Clean Environment and Clean Energy. 14 March 2011. "Alan Lowenthal is regularly recognized by organizations like the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters as one of the most effective protectors of the environment and clean communities. He wrote the laws cleaning up millions of tons of pollutants from the port, helping clean our air and lower asthma and other pollution-related diseases in our community. He's not just about protecting the pristine part of our state, he fights to clean up our neighborhoods, coastline, and air." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Marine Fuel Bill is Good for the Economy, Jobs, and the Environment. 6 March 2012. "The bottom line is: these vessels don't have to fill up their tanks in California. They do so when it makes financial sense. Part of that decision process revolves around sales tax. Like many products sold in California, marine fuel sales are subject to state sales tax. However, currently, only a portion of this fuel is taxed due to a partial exemption put into place by the state Legislature more than two decades ago. There are many positive reasons for this exemption: it protects jobs in the marine fuel industry, it helps our state's ports remain competitive and it is good for the environment [¦] Normally you wouldn't guess that a tax bill could be good for the environment, but consider this: because of California's strict fuel quality regulations, the marine distillate fuel purchased here is over 90 percent cleaner than that sold internationally. Even the heavier bunker fuel purchased in California--which currently cannot be used within 24 miles of California waters and as of August will not be allowed to be used within 200 miles of the U.S. and Canadian coasts--is 33 percent cleaner than that sold internationally. Encouraging shippers to fill up here means they are buying and burning cleaner fuel." (sd27.senate.ca.gov)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alan Lowenthal in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Alan Lowenthal in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Lowenthal. About Alan. 14 March 2012. "Alan played a leading role in promoting new infrastructure and clean "green" technologies that have simultaneously led to more efficient transportation systems , especially around the Port of Long Beach. This has resulted in markedly cleaner air for the Long Beach area. By working with leaders of the goods movement sector, local governments, and environmental advocates, he has proven that job creation and sound environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive [¦] In Sacramento Alan Lowenthal took the lead in efforts to improve air quality, increase coastal access and restore inland waterways throughout the state. As a result, he has been honored by several environmental advocacy groups, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Planning and Conservation League, and the California Coastal Commission." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Going Green Brings The Green. 9 February 2012. "I still hear all too often that being green means going broke. The truth is, more and more companies are proactively focusing on corporate social responsibility, of which environmental responsibility, sustainability and the creation of green jobs are all part [¦] In addition to a new sense of environmental responsibility, the ports have also become investors and incubators for new clean technologies. They have become backers of some of the thousands of green entrepreneurs which we can proudly say have put California at the forefront of the green economy. We can boast more than 500,000 green jobs in our state, with the number growing about 5 percent each year." (sd27.senate.ca.gov)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Issue Position: Clean Environment and Clean Energy. 14 March 2011. "Alan Lowenthal is regularly recognized by organizations like the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters as one of the most effective protectors of the environment and clean communities. He wrote the laws cleaning up millions of tons of pollutants from the port, helping clean our air and lower asthma and other pollution-related diseases in our community. He's not just about protecting the pristine part of our state, he fights to clean up our neighborhoods, coastline, and air." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Marine Fuel Bill is Good for the Economy, Jobs, and the Environment. 6 March 2012. "The bottom line is: these vessels don't have to fill up their tanks in California. They do so when it makes financial sense. Part of that decision process revolves around sales tax. Like many products sold in California, marine fuel sales are subject to state sales tax. However, currently, only a portion of this fuel is taxed due to a partial exemption put into place by the state Legislature more than two decades ago. There are many positive reasons for this exemption: it protects jobs in the marine fuel industry, it helps our state's ports remain competitive and it is good for the environment [¦] Normally you wouldn't guess that a tax bill could be good for the environment, but consider this: because of California's strict fuel quality regulations, the marine distillate fuel purchased here is over 90 percent cleaner than that sold internationally. Even the heavier bunker fuel purchased in California--which currently cannot be used within 24 miles of California waters and as of August will not be allowed to be used within 200 miles of the U.S. and Canadian coasts--is 33 percent cleaner than that sold internationally. Encouraging shippers to fill up here means they are buying and burning cleaner fuel." (sd27.senate.ca.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jennifer Warren. Los Angeles Time: Assembly OKs Ban on Gun Sales From Homes. 23 March 2001. "There's a tremendous proliferation of guns in our society, and this bill [AB22] will allow us to keep better track of where they're sold. Hopefully, it will mean that fewer firearms wind up in the wrong hands." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Rated 10% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
  • "Currently in my first term in Congress, I have joined the congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and I have cosponsored numerous pieces of gun violence prevention legislation that aim to bolster the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, expand mental health resources to schools, crack down on straw purchasing, and ban the sale of military-style assault weapons. I strongly believe that all of the above can be achieved without infringing anyone's Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lowenthal, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a proponent of President Obama's policy recommendations to reduce gun violence in our communities, said he was proud to have McCrum as his guest and glad she was able to speak out."For every person like Peggy, and for every person like Robert, there are a thousand more untold stories of pain and agony caused by gun violence. We must take every opportunity to give them a voice, to listen to their stories, and to accept their challenge to take action," Congressman Lowenthal said." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "In spite of these terrible events, loopholes in existing law make it easier to obtain military grade weapons and also allow felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns to sidestep the background check process by registering their firearm through a trust or corporation.We welcome the President's executive actions that address the 250,000 military-grade weapons imported to the United States from abroad since 2005 and we support cracking down on the reported 39,000 requests for weapons transfers or trusts last year that make it easier for weapons to fall into the wrong hands.As you know, Congress has failed to act on common-sense proposals that could make our communities safer. The longer we delay, the greater the chance of there being more senseless tragedies and innocent victims. That is why we continue to support the President's position and urge you to fully implement these recent actions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jennifer Warren. Los Angeles Time: Assembly OKs Ban on Gun Sales From Homes. 23 March 2001. "There's a tremendous proliferation of guns in our society, and this bill [AB22] will allow us to keep better track of where they're sold. Hopefully, it will mean that fewer firearms wind up in the wrong hands." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Rated 10% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
  • "Congressman Lowenthal, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a proponent of President Obama's policy recommendations to reduce gun violence in our communities, said he was proud to have McCrum as his guest and glad she was able to speak out."For every person like Peggy, and for every person like Robert, there are a thousand more untold stories of pain and agony caused by gun violence. We must take every opportunity to give them a voice, to listen to their stories, and to accept their challenge to take action," Congressman Lowenthal said." (votesmart.org)
  • "Currently in my first term in Congress, I have joined the congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and I have cosponsored numerous pieces of gun violence prevention legislation that aim to bolster the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, expand mental health resources to schools, crack down on straw purchasing, and ban the sale of military-style assault weapons. I strongly believe that all of the above can be achieved without infringing anyone's Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "In spite of these terrible events, loopholes in existing law make it easier to obtain military grade weapons and also allow felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns to sidestep the background check process by registering their firearm through a trust or corporation.We welcome the President's executive actions that address the 250,000 military-grade weapons imported to the United States from abroad since 2005 and we support cracking down on the reported 39,000 requests for weapons transfers or trusts last year that make it easier for weapons to fall into the wrong hands.As you know, Congress has failed to act on common-sense proposals that could make our communities safer. The longer we delay, the greater the chance of there being more senseless tragedies and innocent victims. That is why we continue to support the President's position and urge you to fully implement these recent actions." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Signed into law in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, expanded healthcare coverage to millions of Americans and makes numerous changes in the way health care is financed, organized, and delivered. Among its many provisions, the ACA restructured the private health insurance market, set minimum standards for health coverage, created a mandate for most U.S. residents to obtain health insurance coverage, and provided for the establishment by 2014 of state-based insurance exchanges for the purchase of private health insurance. While I recognize there are challenges to be addressed in the implementation of the ACA, I strongly support its goals and I will continue to work in Congress to ensure that all Americans have affordable access to quality healthcare." (votesmart.org)
  • "Signed into law in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, expanded healthcare coverage to millions of Americans and makes numerous changes in the way health care is financed, organized, and delivered. Among its many provisions, the ACA restructured the private health insurance market, set minimum standards for health coverage, created a mandate for most U.S. residents to obtain health insurance coverage, and provided for the establishment by 2014 of state-based insurance exchanges for the purchase of private health insurance. While I recognize there are challenges to be addressed in the implementation of the ACA, I strongly support its goals and I will continue to work in Congress to ensure that all Americans have affordable access to quality healthcare." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alan Lowenthal. Facebook: Timeline. 23 June 2012. "Students who work hard should have a fair shot at a higher education and a chance to contribute to our society. That's why I supported California's DREAM Act (AB 540), and why I support President Obama's efforts to allow children brought to the United States to have a chance to succeed as well." (www.facebook.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Facebook: Timeline. 23 June 2012. "Students who work hard should have a fair shot at a higher education and a chance to contribute to our society. That's why I supported California's DREAM Act (AB 540), and why I support President Obama's efforts to allow children brought to the United States to have a chance to succeed as well." (www.facebook.com)

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  • Alan Lowenthal. Comments on New Jersey Marriage Equality Bill. 18 February 2012. "Speaking through their legislators, the people of New Jersey, like those in six other states and Washington, D.C., have rejected discrimination. A growing majority of the American people continue to express the same message. They have all agreed that one of the most basic freedoms available to us all is the freedom to choose, protect and have recognized who we love. In our short history, America's greatness has been tied to our ability to continually mature as a society--to expand our Founders' original goal of freedom and equality for all. It is unfortunate that after so much progress, there are still those who would rather define America in the language of discrimination and intolerance." (sd27.senate.ca.gov)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Sen. Lowenthal Comments on Ninth circuit Ruling on Prop 8. "The Ninth Circuit has reaffirmed what most of us already knew--that Proposition 8 is discriminatory. This is the exact same discrimination we have seen all too often in this country, from the streets of Selma to the suffrage marches of the 1920s. The appellate panel has made it clear, as many courts before have done, that the U.S. Constitution is not a tool for those seeking to strip others of basic civil rights." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • "Marriage equality is a matter of dignity and basic human rights. Same-sex couples are no different in their passion, dedication, and commitment to their spouses than other couples. Equal love deserves equal respect, and equal respect demands equal rights," Congressman Lowenthal said. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: We write to urge the Social Security Administration (SSA) to take all necessary steps to end the unconstitutional discrimination currently preventing many same-sex couples from obtaining the Social Security spousal benefits they have earned. (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Comments on New Jersey Marriage Equality Bill. 18 February 2012. "Speaking through their legislators, the people of New Jersey, like those in six other states and Washington, D.C., have rejected discrimination. A growing majority of the American people continue to express the same message. They have all agreed that one of the most basic freedoms available to us all is the freedom to choose, protect and have recognized who we love. In our short history, America's greatness has been tied to our ability to continually mature as a society--to expand our Founders' original goal of freedom and equality for all. It is unfortunate that after so much progress, there are still those who would rather define America in the language of discrimination and intolerance." (sd27.senate.ca.gov)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Sen. Lowenthal Comments on Ninth circuit Ruling on Prop 8. "The Ninth Circuit has reaffirmed what most of us already knew--that Proposition 8 is discriminatory. This is the exact same discrimination we have seen all too often in this country, from the streets of Selma to the suffrage marches of the 1920s. The appellate panel has made it clear, as many courts before have done, that the U.S. Constitution is not a tool for those seeking to strip others of basic civil rights." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • "Marriage equality is a matter of dignity and basic human rights. Same-sex couples are no different in their passion, dedication, and commitment to their spouses than other couples. Equal love deserves equal respect, and equal respect demands equal rights," Congressman Lowenthal said. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: We write to urge the Social Security Administration (SSA) to take all necessary steps to end the unconstitutional discrimination currently preventing many same-sex couples from obtaining the Social Security spousal benefits they have earned. (votesmart.org)

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

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  • Alan Lowenthal. Issue Position: Protecting Medicare and Social Security. 14 March 2011. "Medicare and Social Security aren't political football “ they are vital, successful programs which provide crucial support and independence to millions of seniors and disabled citizens. Alan Lowenthal will fight the ideologically and partisan attacks on these crucial services." (www.alanlowenthal.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Issue Position: Protecting Medicare and Social Security. 14 March 2011. "Medicare and Social Security aren't political football “ they are vital, successful programs which provide crucial support and independence to millions of seniors and disabled citizens. Alan Lowenthal will fight the ideologically and partisan attacks on these crucial services." (www.alanlowenthal.com)

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California Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

Unknown PositionInferred Answer do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations
Unknown PositionInferred Answer do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • Long Beach Unified School District: Budget Update: LBUSD's Funding Bill Clears Senate 35-0. 3 June 2012. "I truly believe this program [SB1396] will demonstrate that state money for categorical programs can be managed more efficiently and responsibly at the local level while making progress in closing the achievement gap and saving teacher jobs." (www.lbusd.k12.ca.us)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Jonathan Van Dyke. The Gazette: 47th District Candidates Jostle For Primary Position At Forum. 4 May 2012. "On education [¦] Lowenthal said helpful guidelines like Obama's Race to the Top program could help." (gazettes.com)
  • Long Beach Unified School District: Budget Update: LBUSD's Funding Bill Clears Senate 35-0. 3 June 2012. "I truly believe this program [SB1396] will demonstrate that state money for categorical programs can be managed more efficiently and responsibly at the local level while making progress in closing the achievement gap and saving teacher jobs." (www.lbusd.k12.ca.us)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Jonathan Van Dyke. The Gazette: 47th District Candidates Jostle For Primary Position At Forum. 4 May 2012. "On education [¦] Lowenthal said helpful guidelines like Obama's Race to the Top program could help." (gazettes.com)
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jennifer Warren. Los Angeles Time: Assembly OKs Ban on Gun Sales From Homes. 23 March 2001. "There's a tremendous proliferation of guns in our society, and this bill [AB22] will allow us to keep better track of where they're sold. Hopefully, it will mean that fewer firearms wind up in the wrong hands." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Rated 10% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
  • "Currently in my first term in Congress, I have joined the congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and I have cosponsored numerous pieces of gun violence prevention legislation that aim to bolster the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, expand mental health resources to schools, crack down on straw purchasing, and ban the sale of military-style assault weapons. I strongly believe that all of the above can be achieved without infringing anyone's Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lowenthal, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a proponent of President Obama's policy recommendations to reduce gun violence in our communities, said he was proud to have McCrum as his guest and glad she was able to speak out."For every person like Peggy, and for every person like Robert, there are a thousand more untold stories of pain and agony caused by gun violence. We must take every opportunity to give them a voice, to listen to their stories, and to accept their challenge to take action," Congressman Lowenthal said." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "In spite of these terrible events, loopholes in existing law make it easier to obtain military grade weapons and also allow felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns to sidestep the background check process by registering their firearm through a trust or corporation.We welcome the President's executive actions that address the 250,000 military-grade weapons imported to the United States from abroad since 2005 and we support cracking down on the reported 39,000 requests for weapons transfers or trusts last year that make it easier for weapons to fall into the wrong hands.As you know, Congress has failed to act on common-sense proposals that could make our communities safer. The longer we delay, the greater the chance of there being more senseless tragedies and innocent victims. That is why we continue to support the President's position and urge you to fully implement these recent actions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jennifer Warren. Los Angeles Time: Assembly OKs Ban on Gun Sales From Homes. 23 March 2001. "There's a tremendous proliferation of guns in our society, and this bill [AB22] will allow us to keep better track of where they're sold. Hopefully, it will mean that fewer firearms wind up in the wrong hands." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Alan Lowenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Rated 10% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
  • "Congressman Lowenthal, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a proponent of President Obama's policy recommendations to reduce gun violence in our communities, said he was proud to have McCrum as his guest and glad she was able to speak out."For every person like Peggy, and for every person like Robert, there are a thousand more untold stories of pain and agony caused by gun violence. We must take every opportunity to give them a voice, to listen to their stories, and to accept their challenge to take action," Congressman Lowenthal said." (votesmart.org)
  • "Currently in my first term in Congress, I have joined the congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and I have cosponsored numerous pieces of gun violence prevention legislation that aim to bolster the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, expand mental health resources to schools, crack down on straw purchasing, and ban the sale of military-style assault weapons. I strongly believe that all of the above can be achieved without infringing anyone's Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "In spite of these terrible events, loopholes in existing law make it easier to obtain military grade weapons and also allow felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns to sidestep the background check process by registering their firearm through a trust or corporation.We welcome the President's executive actions that address the 250,000 military-grade weapons imported to the United States from abroad since 2005 and we support cracking down on the reported 39,000 requests for weapons transfers or trusts last year that make it easier for weapons to fall into the wrong hands.As you know, Congress has failed to act on common-sense proposals that could make our communities safer. The longer we delay, the greater the chance of there being more senseless tragedies and innocent victims. That is why we continue to support the President's position and urge you to fully implement these recent actions." (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Alan Lowenthal. Facebook: Timeline. 23 June 2012. "Students who work hard should have a fair shot at a higher education and a chance to contribute to our society. That's why I supported California's DREAM Act (AB 540), and why I support President Obama's efforts to allow children brought to the United States to have a chance to succeed as well." (www.facebook.com)
  • Alan Lowenthal. Facebook: Timeline. 23 June 2012. "Students who work hard should have a fair shot at a higher education and a chance to contribute to our society. That's why I supported California's DREAM Act (AB 540), and why I support President Obama's efforts to allow children brought to the United States to have a chance to succeed as well." (www.facebook.com)
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Detailed spending and revenue issues at the federal level require serious deliberation and discussion that does not lend well to multiple choice answers.

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Detailed spending and revenue issues at the federal level require serious deliberation and discussion that does not lend well to multiple choice answers.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My priorities would be creating jobs with a focus on innovative public-private partnerships, incentivizing the creation of small businesses, improving education quality and affordability, and protecting the environment. Reinvesting in America to stimulate job creation and provide funding for education and environmental protection would be accomplished through reasonable and responsible tax policy reform centered on closing corporate tax loopholes and implementing tax fairness. Austerity, especially that borne on the backs of middle- and low-income Americans, is not the solution.