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Judy Chu's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 27, Democratic
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Judy Chu has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Judy Chu 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 issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Judy Chu. Rep. Judy Chu Condemns Passage Of The Stupak-Pitts Amendment. 19 November 2009."This amendment will seriously threaten a woman's right to choose and turn back 30 years of progress in the pro-choice movement. May I remind my colleagues that a woman's right to choose is protected by the Constitution? This amendment is a danger to women's health. Women without abortion coverage will be forced to postpone reproductive care and forced to purchase additional coverage for the procedure. This effectively creates an abortion ban within the health insurance exchange that denies women access to services many already have. [¦] I have been a long-time advocate of protecting and defending a woman's right to choose and supported increased access to health care and family planning services." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 16 February 2011. "Preventing unintended pregnancies and thus the need for abortion should be a goal on which both pro-choice and anti-choice lawmakers should agree. But the Republicans' anti-women continuing resolution includes language that dismantles Federal funding for family planning, attacks successful organizations that provide critical women's health care, and jeopardizes women's access to affordable birth control." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Reproductive Rights In Health Care Reform. 9 December 2009. "But there is one moment that night that I'll never forget. I'll never forget looking up at the vote board and seeing that our House voted for the biggest rollback of women's reproductive rights in decades. My heart sank. Thirty years ago I got into the women's movement to ensure that women would not die in a back-alley abortion with coat hangers. Today, women finally have choice over their own bodies, but with the Stupak amendment that changes. It was not a compromise. Women will lose benefits. Plans will not offer abortion coverage. Women will be forced to buy an extra rider for abortion ahead of time. And what woman plans to have an abortion?" (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Judy Chu in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Judy Chu voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Judy Chu in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Judy Chu voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Judy Chu voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Judy Chu in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the Family Research Council 7 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Judy Chu in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. 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."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Judy Chu. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Judy Chu Fights Against Republican Attempts to Curtail Women's Reproductive Rights. 8 February 2011. "Every woman in this country has a legal and constitutional right to choose. And because Republicans can't outlaw choice, they have chosen to tax it away instead. So it's for American women that I stand here today to strongly oppose HR 3." (votesmart.org)
  • Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in support of the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA). Congresswoman Chu is the House-lead sponsor of WHPA, a bill that would outlaw the restrictive state laws that target abortion services and shut down clinics across the country. Rep. Chu released the following statement:"Every woman should have access to affordable and comprehensive health care coverage that protects her right to choose," Rep. Chu said. "This should be the case regardless of her income, the type of insurance she has or the state she resides in, so she can make personal health decisions based on what is best for her and her family."Between 2011 and 2013, more than two dozen states passed over 200 restrictions that block access to abortion services. This translates to more restrictions placed on women's health care in three years than in the entire preceding decade. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 56 percent of women in our country live in a state that is hostile to abortion."The effect of these laws is that a woman's constitutional right now depends on her zip code," continued Rep. Chu. "The rights of women residing in my home state of California now vastly differ from the rights of women living in Texas or Mississippi. We need laws that put women's health and safety first -- not politics."H.R. 3471, the Women's Health Protection Act would protect a woman's right to safe and legal abortion by stopping restrictive regulations and laws -- such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin -- intended to curtail reproductive health services for women. This legislation would prohibit laws that impose burdensome requirements on access to reproductive health services such as requiring doctors to perform tests and procedures that doctors have deemed unnecessary or preventing doctors from prescribing and dispensing medication as is medically appropriate. Other examples of laws that make it more difficult for a woman to access an abortion include: restrictions on medical training for future abortion providers, requirements concerning the physical layout of clinics where abortions are performed, and forced waiting periods for patients. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 16 February 2011. "Preventing unintended pregnancies and thus the need for abortion should be a goal on which both pro-choice and anti-choice lawmakers should agree. But the Republicans' anti-women continuing resolution includes language that dismantles Federal funding for family planning, attacks successful organizations that provide critical women's health care, and jeopardizes women's access to affordable birth control." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Reproductive Rights In Health Care Reform. 9 December 2009. "But there is one moment that night that I'll never forget. I'll never forget looking up at the vote board and seeing that our House voted for the biggest rollback of women's reproductive rights in decades. My heart sank. Thirty years ago I got into the women's movement to ensure that women would not die in a back-alley abortion with coat hangers. Today, women finally have choice over their own bodies, but with the Stupak amendment that changes. It was not a compromise. Women will lose benefits. Plans will not offer abortion coverage. Women will be forced to buy an extra rider for abortion ahead of time. And what woman plans to have an abortion?" (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Judy Chu in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Judy Chu voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Judy Chu in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Judy Chu voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Judy Chu voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Judy Chu in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the Family Research Council 7 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Judy Chu in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. 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."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Judy Chu. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Judy Chu Condemns Passage Of The Stupak-Pitts Amendment. 19 November 2009."This amendment will seriously threaten a woman's right to choose and turn back 30 years of progress in the pro-choice movement. May I remind my colleagues that a woman's right to choose is protected by the Constitution? This amendment is a danger to women's health. Women without abortion coverage will be forced to postpone reproductive care and forced to purchase additional coverage for the procedure. This effectively creates an abortion ban within the health insurance exchange that denies women access to services many already have. [¦] I have been a long-time advocate of protecting and defending a woman's right to choose and supported increased access to health care and family planning services." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Judy Chu Fights Against Republican Attempts to Curtail Women's Reproductive Rights. 8 February 2011. "Every woman in this country has a legal and constitutional right to choose. And because Republicans can't outlaw choice, they have chosen to tax it away instead. So it's for American women that I stand here today to strongly oppose HR 3." (votesmart.org)
  • Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in support of the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA). Congresswoman Chu is the House-lead sponsor of WHPA, a bill that would outlaw the restrictive state laws that target abortion services and shut down clinics across the country. Rep. Chu released the following statement:"Every woman should have access to affordable and comprehensive health care coverage that protects her right to choose," Rep. Chu said. "This should be the case regardless of her income, the type of insurance she has or the state she resides in, so she can make personal health decisions based on what is best for her and her family."Between 2011 and 2013, more than two dozen states passed over 200 restrictions that block access to abortion services. This translates to more restrictions placed on women's health care in three years than in the entire preceding decade. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 56 percent of women in our country live in a state that is hostile to abortion."The effect of these laws is that a woman's constitutional right now depends on her zip code," continued Rep. Chu. "The rights of women residing in my home state of California now vastly differ from the rights of women living in Texas or Mississippi. We need laws that put women's health and safety first -- not politics."H.R. 3471, the Women's Health Protection Act would protect a woman's right to safe and legal abortion by stopping restrictive regulations and laws -- such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin -- intended to curtail reproductive health services for women. This legislation would prohibit laws that impose burdensome requirements on access to reproductive health services such as requiring doctors to perform tests and procedures that doctors have deemed unnecessary or preventing doctors from prescribing and dispensing medication as is medically appropriate. Other examples of laws that make it more difficult for a woman to access an abortion include: restrictions on medical training for future abortion providers, requirements concerning the physical layout of clinics where abortions are performed, and forced waiting periods for patients. (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

  • Judy Chu. Budget Control Act of 2011. 28 July 2011. "Nothing is safe under the Boehner default plan except tax breaks for Big Oil, companies that ship jobs overseas, and the rich. We must reject this ideological approach and come together on a balanced solution that will ensure that every American will have a safe and secure future." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Cicilline to Leader Pelosi: Protect Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid Benefits. 15 July 2011. "Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Jobs and the Economy. 13 July 2011. "But the Republicans still aren't getting the message. It's been 27 weeks since they took control, and they have done nothing to create jobs. In fact, they haven't put a single jobs bill to a vote. Instead, they are threatening the loss of countless more American jobs by bringing the debt ceiling talks to the brink of economic catastrophe. They are holding America's economy and the American people hostage to their agenda of tax cuts for the rich and loopholes that help mega-corporations." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Jobs and the Economy. 9 June 2010. "It's a fact that 8 years of tax cuts for the rich and trickle-down economics only left the American people hosed. And it's a fact that this Congress ended those flawed policies and enacted tax cuts for working-class families and small businesses across America. Democrats created nearly 200,000 jobs a month this year, cut over $800 billion in taxes, and we're about to cut almost $300 billion more." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 11 July 2011. "Second, revenue increases must be a meaningful part of any agreement. Tax breaks benefiting the very richest Americans should be eliminated as part of this deal. Republican insistence on protecting these tax breaks will force middle-class families to shoulder the burden of even deeper budget cuts, and this is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Budget Control Act of 2011. 28 July 2011. "Nothing is safe under the Boehner default plan except tax breaks for Big Oil, companies that ship jobs overseas, and the rich. We must reject this ideological approach and come together on a balanced solution that will ensure that every American will have a safe and secure future." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Cicilline to Leader Pelosi: Protect Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid Benefits. 15 July 2011. "Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Jobs and the Economy. 13 July 2011. "But the Republicans still aren't getting the message. It's been 27 weeks since they took control, and they have done nothing to create jobs. In fact, they haven't put a single jobs bill to a vote. Instead, they are threatening the loss of countless more American jobs by bringing the debt ceiling talks to the brink of economic catastrophe. They are holding America's economy and the American people hostage to their agenda of tax cuts for the rich and loopholes that help mega-corporations." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Jobs and the Economy. 9 June 2010. "It's a fact that 8 years of tax cuts for the rich and trickle-down economics only left the American people hosed. And it's a fact that this Congress ended those flawed policies and enacted tax cuts for working-class families and small businesses across America. Democrats created nearly 200,000 jobs a month this year, cut over $800 billion in taxes, and we're about to cut almost $300 billion more." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 11 July 2011. "Second, revenue increases must be a meaningful part of any agreement. Tax breaks benefiting the very richest Americans should be eliminated as part of this deal. Republican insistence on protecting these tax breaks will force middle-class families to shoulder the burden of even deeper budget cuts, and this is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Judy Chu. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Judy Chu voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Indpendent Living Centers Technical Adjustment Act. 30 June 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 5610, the Independent Living Centers Technical Adjustment Act. This bill addresses an issue brought to our attention by a number of States that are at risk of having to reduce services for adults with disabilities. [¦] The Independent Living Centers were provided additional funds through the stimulus package passed by Congress in 2009. States were given maximum flexibility for determining the allocation of these funds among the centers in their States. [¦] The Independent Living Centers Technical Adjustment Act will allow States to request that ARRA funds not be included in determining their center's previous year allocations." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. [¦] We urge you to include LGBT binational families in comprehensive immigration reform legislation. No one should be forced to choose between the person they love and the country they call home." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5893, Investing in American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010. 29 July 2010. "A while back, L.A. County instituted an innovative program to get people back to work. It uses TANF funds from the stimulus to place unemployed workers in positions for up to a year. And it created over 11,000 jobs in L.A. County and almost 250,000 across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Judy Chu a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rebuilding the Economy. 19 May 2010. "But one reason I'm extremely enthusiastic about it is that it extends and expands an extremely successful employment program that is called Jobs NOW, which has created over 156,000 jobs, and in my district alone, 400 jobs. [¦] Now I came across this innovative program because it's in my district, Los Angeles County. One of the Los Angeles County supervisors, Don Knabe, created a program which provided over 11,000 jobs, all in 1 year, using stimulus funds to create these subsidized jobs. [¦] What this means is that the county then is paying for 80 percent or more of the payroll costs through Recovery Act funds. Some examples of these jobs are park rangers, receptionists, teachers' assistants, dental assistant trainees, customer service clerks, and child care workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Judy Chu voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Indpendent Living Centers Technical Adjustment Act. 30 June 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 5610, the Independent Living Centers Technical Adjustment Act. This bill addresses an issue brought to our attention by a number of States that are at risk of having to reduce services for adults with disabilities. [¦] The Independent Living Centers were provided additional funds through the stimulus package passed by Congress in 2009. States were given maximum flexibility for determining the allocation of these funds among the centers in their States. [¦] The Independent Living Centers Technical Adjustment Act will allow States to request that ARRA funds not be included in determining their center's previous year allocations." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rebuilding the Economy. 19 May 2010. "But one reason I'm extremely enthusiastic about it is that it extends and expands an extremely successful employment program that is called Jobs NOW, which has created over 156,000 jobs, and in my district alone, 400 jobs. [¦] Now I came across this innovative program because it's in my district, Los Angeles County. One of the Los Angeles County supervisors, Don Knabe, created a program which provided over 11,000 jobs, all in 1 year, using stimulus funds to create these subsidized jobs. [¦] What this means is that the county then is paying for 80 percent or more of the payroll costs through Recovery Act funds. Some examples of these jobs are park rangers, receptionists, teachers' assistants, dental assistant trainees, customer service clerks, and child care workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. [¦] We urge you to include LGBT binational families in comprehensive immigration reform legislation. No one should be forced to choose between the person they love and the country they call home." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5893, Investing in American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010. 29 July 2010. "A while back, L.A. County instituted an innovative program to get people back to work. It uses TANF funds from the stimulus to place unemployed workers in positions for up to a year. And it created over 11,000 jobs in L.A. County and almost 250,000 across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Judy Chu a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Issues Statement on California's Disqualification From Race to the Top Grants. 4 March 2010. "I am disappointed that California wasn't one of the finalists for the first round of funding for the Race to the Top grants. There is $4 billion at stake and California jumped through a significant amount of federal hoops " including passing a law without charter school accountability and linking teacher performance to student achievement " just to be eligible. Before I support the President's new request for another $1.35 billion for Race to the Top, I would like to make sure our largest and most needy states are not left out and that the guidelines for grant funding are revised." (chu.house.gov)
  • Judy Chu. Reps. Chu, Thompson and Langevin Introduce the Education for Tomorrow's Jobs Act. 13 October 2011. "I'm proud to reintroduce a bipartisan bill that promotes the Linked Learning approach to high school improvement that has shown dramatic results in California. By showing students the connection between school and the workplace through partnerships in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand industries such as engineering or digital media, we can increase high school graduation rates, raise college attendance rates, and improve jobs prospects for students. The Education for Tomorrow's Jobs Act will modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to meet the needs of our changing economy and workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Strengthening our Nation's Schools. 21 June 2010. "Yet this is what current school reform proposals call for. This is the folly of continuing down No Child Left Behind's punitive, overly prescriptive path to education reform. We need a positive alternative to the current standards offered for education reform. That is why I proposed a plan, Strengthening Our Schools, to give districts an array of tools, not box them into a select few." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Judy Chu. H.R. 471, DC School Voucher Bill. 31 March 2011. "Rather than offering an empty promise for a few, we should be ensuring that every child has access to a great public school. And instead of taking money out of public schools for private schools, Congress should be investing in strategies to improve school achievement. Our focus should be on strategies proven to increase student achievement, such as increasing parental involvement, strengthening teacher training, and reducing class size. And our goal should be to prepare all students for the jobs of the future, not to allow a few students and parents to choose a private school at taxpayer expense." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Prepares Today's Students to Become Workforce of Tomorrow. 22 September 2010. "It's become clear we need to rethink the pathway that leads from an education to a career. Today's high schools do not work for many of our young people. Too often, students feel bored, unchallenged, and unclear about the relevance of school. That's why Linked Learning is such an important initiative. The approach connects strong academics with real--world experience in a wide range of fields, like engineering, arts and media, and biomedical science. This gives students an advantage in high school, college, and their subsequent careers. Linked Learning leads to the high-skill, high-demand and high-paying jobs that the economy of tomorrow will be built around. I'm proud to sponsor this bill and help bring this innovative Californian approach to the rest of America's students." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Reps. Chu, Thompson and Langevin Introduce the Education for Tomorrow's Jobs Act. 13 October 2011. "I'm proud to reintroduce a bipartisan bill that promotes the Linked Learning approach to high school improvement that has shown dramatic results in California. By showing students the connection between school and the workplace through partnerships in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand industries such as engineering or digital media, we can increase high school graduation rates, raise college attendance rates, and improve jobs prospects for students. The Education for Tomorrow's Jobs Act will modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to meet the needs of our changing economy and workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Strengthening our Nation's Schools. 21 June 2010. "Yet this is what current school reform proposals call for. This is the folly of continuing down No Child Left Behind's punitive, overly prescriptive path to education reform. We need a positive alternative to the current standards offered for education reform. That is why I proposed a plan, Strengthening Our Schools, to give districts an array of tools, not box them into a select few." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Issues Statement on California's Disqualification From Race to the Top Grants. 4 March 2010. "I am disappointed that California wasn't one of the finalists for the first round of funding for the Race to the Top grants. There is $4 billion at stake and California jumped through a significant amount of federal hoops " including passing a law without charter school accountability and linking teacher performance to student achievement " just to be eligible. Before I support the President's new request for another $1.35 billion for Race to the Top, I would like to make sure our largest and most needy states are not left out and that the guidelines for grant funding are revised." (chu.house.gov)
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Judy Chu. H.R. 471, DC School Voucher Bill. 31 March 2011. "Rather than offering an empty promise for a few, we should be ensuring that every child has access to a great public school. And instead of taking money out of public schools for private schools, Congress should be investing in strategies to improve school achievement. Our focus should be on strategies proven to increase student achievement, such as increasing parental involvement, strengthening teacher training, and reducing class size. And our goal should be to prepare all students for the jobs of the future, not to allow a few students and parents to choose a private school at taxpayer expense." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Prepares Today's Students to Become Workforce of Tomorrow. 22 September 2010. "It's become clear we need to rethink the pathway that leads from an education to a career. Today's high schools do not work for many of our young people. Too often, students feel bored, unchallenged, and unclear about the relevance of school. That's why Linked Learning is such an important initiative. The approach connects strong academics with real--world experience in a wide range of fields, like engineering, arts and media, and biomedical science. This gives students an advantage in high school, college, and their subsequent careers. Linked Learning leads to the high-skill, high-demand and high-paying jobs that the economy of tomorrow will be built around. I'm proud to sponsor this bill and help bring this innovative Californian approach to the rest of America's students." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I rise today to offer an important amendment, along with Congressman Polis and Congressman Connolly, to H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, which would authorize construction of the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline.Our amendment calls for the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the cost of cleaning up oil spills from this pipeline. We need to know how much it's going to cost taxpayers to decontaminate our cities, towns, and farmlands when the pipeline leaks. We need to know how a spill will harm residents and the environment. Will it make Americans sick, pollute our water, and contaminate our farms? Americans have the right to know the full cost and harmful impacts that a spill would have.There are many serious questions and inadequacies in some of the analyses of the project, if not glaring holes. Take greenhouse gas emissions, take pipeline safety and spill response, take alternative pipeline routes--there is too much we don't know. What we do know, though, is that the pipeline will transport oil that is heavily corrosive, making spills more likely and also more difficult and costly to clean up.Tar sands pipelines in the U.S. have some of the worst spill records. Pipelines in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan spilled nearly four times as much crude per mile than the national average in the last 2 years. Yet, the Keystone XL pipeline, as planned, will cut across America's heartland. It will run above the Ogallala Aquifer, which is a main source of drinking and farm water for nine States, endangering hundreds of thousands of people.That is why I oppose the bill. We cannot rush a decision that could have so many harmful impacts on the health of thousands of Americans. And that is why I urge the House to support our amendment.Join me in asking the GAO to study the cost of spill cleanup and its impact on our health, environment, and water. The American people deserve to know." (votesmart.org)
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Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Judy Chu in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Votes To Boost 'Cash For Clunkers' Program. 31 July 2009. "Americans of all stripes came together on this bill because it's a win for the consumer, the economy, the environment and the auto industry. We're able to save American consumers money and save American jobs, at the same time we help our struggling auto dealers and continue down the path towards a cleaner, greener economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to The President. 28 September 2010. "The United States cannot stand on the side lines. It must take urgent and decisive enforcement action to secure a level playing field for fair competition for green technology manufacturers. [¦] We look forward to working with you and to doing our part to address these concerns in order to ensure that the United States is not denied the ability to fully compete in the green technology revolution." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 25 July 2011. "I rise today in strong opposition to the 2012 Interior appropriations bill, the most anti-environment bill I've seen on the House floor since I was elected to Congress. [...] It blocks the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas pollution standards for new cars in 5 years, jeopardizing 7,000 new jobs and the estimated 2.4 million barrels of oil a day saved in just two decades. It prohibits my home State of California from moving ahead with its own clean air standard." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Judy Chu in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Judy Chu voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Votes To Boost 'Cash For Clunkers' Program. 31 July 2009. "Americans of all stripes came together on this bill because it's a win for the consumer, the economy, the environment and the auto industry. We're able to save American consumers money and save American jobs, at the same time we help our struggling auto dealers and continue down the path towards a cleaner, greener economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to The President. 28 September 2010. "The United States cannot stand on the side lines. It must take urgent and decisive enforcement action to secure a level playing field for fair competition for green technology manufacturers. [¦] We look forward to working with you and to doing our part to address these concerns in order to ensure that the United States is not denied the ability to fully compete in the green technology revolution." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 25 July 2011. "I rise today in strong opposition to the 2012 Interior appropriations bill, the most anti-environment bill I've seen on the House floor since I was elected to Congress. [...] It blocks the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas pollution standards for new cars in 5 years, jeopardizing 7,000 new jobs and the estimated 2.4 million barrels of oil a day saved in just two decades. It prohibits my home State of California from moving ahead with its own clean air standard." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Judy Chu in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Judy Chu in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Judy Chu voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must ban assault weapons. We must ban extended ammunition clips that shoot 30 bullets at a time. We must demand that everyone everywhere receives a thorough background check if they want to own a gun.It's time to reclaim our security, and it starts by making changes to the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Chu Commends Department of Justice for Answering Her Call to Crackdown on Illegal Gun Trafficking. 28 April 2011. "We cannot win the war on drugs if we keep arming the people we are fighting against, and that is why today's decision by the Department of Justice is so important. ATF will hopefully soon have the authority to crackdown on the illegal trafficking of guns. No longer will we stand idly by, allowing cartels to have easy access to weapons, then the cycle of violence will continue, the drug war will continue unabated, and more lives will be lost on both sides of the border." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Announces Legislation to Fix Gun Checks. 15 March 2011. "Today, we have a broken background check system. The laws we already have on the books aren't being properly enforced. More than half of the states are not submitting appropriate records to National Instant Background Check System leaving the system spotty and full of holes. That's why we need a bill that will fix the gun background checks system, one that closes the loopholes that allow wrongdoers to buy firearms. Then we will have a system that saves American lives and protects people from harm." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Judy Chu in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Judy Chu. 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."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Judy Chu. 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."
  • Judy Chu. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "This bill is a blatant attempt to override and weaken States' laws on an issue that could endanger people's lives. It hurts my home State of California, which developed laws to protect residents by developing criteria on those who could carry concealed-carry weapons. With this bill, that all goes away. [¦] With this bill, a person who endangers the lives of our children will be allowed to carry a concealed loaded gun nationwide, and you would be powerless to stop it. It is the individual States that are in the best position to determine how to best protect its citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no excuse for Congressional paralysis when the overwhelming majority of Americans support reasonable gun laws that include background and mental health checks. There is no excuse for inaction when places of tranquility are turned into war zones, and our children are caught in the crossfire. There is no excuse for letting the next massacre take place without at least trying to stop it. The next victims are alive today -- Congress needs to act immediately to keep it that way." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must ban assault weapons. We must ban extended ammunition clips that shoot 30 bullets at a time. We must demand that everyone everywhere receives a thorough background check if they want to own a gun.It's time to reclaim our security, and it starts by making changes to the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Chu Commends Department of Justice for Answering Her Call to Crackdown on Illegal Gun Trafficking. 28 April 2011. "We cannot win the war on drugs if we keep arming the people we are fighting against, and that is why today's decision by the Department of Justice is so important. ATF will hopefully soon have the authority to crackdown on the illegal trafficking of guns. No longer will we stand idly by, allowing cartels to have easy access to weapons, then the cycle of violence will continue, the drug war will continue unabated, and more lives will be lost on both sides of the border." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Announces Legislation to Fix Gun Checks. 15 March 2011. "Today, we have a broken background check system. The laws we already have on the books aren't being properly enforced. More than half of the states are not submitting appropriate records to National Instant Background Check System leaving the system spotty and full of holes. That's why we need a bill that will fix the gun background checks system, one that closes the loopholes that allow wrongdoers to buy firearms. Then we will have a system that saves American lives and protects people from harm." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Judy Chu in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Judy Chu. 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."
  • Judy Chu. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Judy Chu. 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."
  • Judy Chu. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "This bill is a blatant attempt to override and weaken States' laws on an issue that could endanger people's lives. It hurts my home State of California, which developed laws to protect residents by developing criteria on those who could carry concealed-carry weapons. With this bill, that all goes away. [¦] With this bill, a person who endangers the lives of our children will be allowed to carry a concealed loaded gun nationwide, and you would be powerless to stop it. It is the individual States that are in the best position to determine how to best protect its citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no excuse for Congressional paralysis when the overwhelming majority of Americans support reasonable gun laws that include background and mental health checks. There is no excuse for inaction when places of tranquility are turned into war zones, and our children are caught in the crossfire. There is no excuse for letting the next massacre take place without at least trying to stop it. The next victims are alive today -- Congress needs to act immediately to keep it that way." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Judy Chu. Doing Nothing Is Not An Option. 30 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, not in six decades have we been this close to achieving the most crucial task of reforming our health care system. Let me be clear: we would be derelict in our duty to the American people if we let this opportunity go to waste. Now, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle claim that this legislation amounts to the government takeover of health care and that Americans will be stripped of their choices of doctors and plans, but the reality is that everybody in this country will lose if they don't have health care reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda outside the regular order you so strongly advocated in the Pledge to America, which declares an end to 'the practice of packaging unpopular bills with "must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Assigned To Judiciary Committee, Votes To End Antitrust Exemptions For Health Insurance Companies. 28 October 2009. "I think it is significant that my first vote in this committee will be on a bill as important and life changing as this one. Like many of you, healthcare is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I believe the only way we can make a system with private insurance work in America is if it based on aggressive competition. That is why I support the public option, because I believe it provides incentive for competitive pricing in the exchange, and that is why I support this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Judy Chu Hits The Ground Running. 27 July 2009. "That is why this comprehensive healthcare reform is needed. It guarantees quality, affordable care for all Americans. The last thing we need as our nation emerges from the current recession is parents fearing bankruptcy if one of their children gets sick, or people having to choose between paying for their next prescription or putting food on their table. The status quo is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Judy Chu voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. The clock is ticking for Americans and the children of my district. Families have been suffering, waiting for changes in our health care system so they can care for their children. They have been waiting for Congress to act." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Doing Nothing Is Not An Option. 30 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, not in six decades have we been this close to achieving the most crucial task of reforming our health care system. Let me be clear: we would be derelict in our duty to the American people if we let this opportunity go to waste. Now, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle claim that this legislation amounts to the government takeover of health care and that Americans will be stripped of their choices of doctors and plans, but the reality is that everybody in this country will lose if they don't have health care reform." (votesmart.org)
  • "In the two years since the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, countless Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) have benefitted from its provisions. AANHPI's make up about 6 percent of the U.S. population, but account for one out of every seven uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act has already provided insurance coverage to nearly 100,000 additional AANHPI young adults and has helped to improve disaggregated data collection for the 49 ethnic groups that make up the AANHPI community, so that we have a better understanding of the health disparities facing our population. The passage of the Affordable Care Act was an important step forward in addressing our nation's healthcare challenges and I look forward to more positive impacts on the AANHPI community as provisions of this law continue to be enacted." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda outside the regular order you so strongly advocated in the Pledge to America, which declares an end to 'the practice of packaging unpopular bills with "must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Assigned To Judiciary Committee, Votes To End Antitrust Exemptions For Health Insurance Companies. 28 October 2009. "I think it is significant that my first vote in this committee will be on a bill as important and life changing as this one. Like many of you, healthcare is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I believe the only way we can make a system with private insurance work in America is if it based on aggressive competition. That is why I support the public option, because I believe it provides incentive for competitive pricing in the exchange, and that is why I support this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Judy Chu Hits The Ground Running. 27 July 2009. "That is why this comprehensive healthcare reform is needed. It guarantees quality, affordable care for all Americans. The last thing we need as our nation emerges from the current recession is parents fearing bankruptcy if one of their children gets sick, or people having to choose between paying for their next prescription or putting food on their table. The status quo is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Judy Chu voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. The clock is ticking for Americans and the children of my district. Families have been suffering, waiting for changes in our health care system so they can care for their children. They have been waiting for Congress to act." (votesmart.org)
  • "In the two years since the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, countless Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) have benefitted from its provisions. AANHPI's make up about 6 percent of the U.S. population, but account for one out of every seven uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act has already provided insurance coverage to nearly 100,000 additional AANHPI young adults and has helped to improve disaggregated data collection for the 49 ethnic groups that make up the AANHPI community, so that we have a better understanding of the health disparities facing our population. The passage of the Affordable Care Act was an important step forward in addressing our nation's healthcare challenges and I look forward to more positive impacts on the AANHPI community as provisions of this law continue to be enacted." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Judy Chu. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. [¦] We urge you to include LGBT binational families in comprehensive immigration reform legislation. No one should be forced to choose between the person they love and the country they call home." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Issues Statement Decrying Harsh Arizona Immigration Law. 27 April 2010. "The passage of Arizona's harsh and unjust immigration law is strong proof that now more than ever, we need to pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill authored by Rep. Gutierrez. As a co-sponsor of CIR-ASAP, I believe that passing such a crucial bill, which protects our borders while providing otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, is critical." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Judy Chu voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 19 May 2010. "Today, 12 million people live in the shadows with no hope or path to legalization. Today, young people who are valedictorians and student body presidents are prevented from completing a college education. And today, States like Arizona can pass laws that are discriminatory, anti-immigrant, and, frankly, un-American, when all immigrants want to do is to be productive, contributing citizens and provide for their family and loved ones. We know immigrants are indispensable to our Nation's economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Co-Sponsors Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. 15 December 2009. "With more than 12 million immigrants currently living in the United States without legal status, millions more close family members waiting abroad to join their loved ones through the family-based immigration system, and the ongoing family separations and exploitation of undocumented workers, we all have a huge stake in passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation and with Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, now is the time to get this done. [¦] Communities of all colors and ethnic backgrounds must band together to support immigration reform. Like nearly every American citizen, all of our families were at one point immigrants to this land. We must stand in solidarity with our immigrants, whose only disadvantage is that their families arrived on these shores later than ours." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Supports President Obama's Proposal Alleviating the Harm caused to families by the 10-Year Immigrant Bar. 10 January 2012. "Forcing someone out of the country for months or years on end while they wait for a hardship waiver causes immense harm to the family unit, hurting both immigrants and U.S. citizens alike. I have heard so many stories from my constituents who are separated from their loved ones, even being forced to sell their home because they couldn't make the payments on one income. This proposal will guarantee American children don't suffer unnecessarily because of an absent mother or father. I applaud President Obama's leadership on this important issue, and I am encouraged by the fact that we are moving toward a fairer and streamlined immigration process, both for U.S. citizens and for those who wish to become residents of this great country." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Issues Statement Decrying Harsh Arizona Immigration Law. 27 April 2010. "The passage of Arizona's harsh and unjust immigration law is strong proof that now more than ever, we need to pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill authored by Rep. Gutierrez. As a co-sponsor of CIR-ASAP, I believe that passing such a crucial bill, which protects our borders while providing otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, is critical." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Judy Chu voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 19 May 2010. "Today, 12 million people live in the shadows with no hope or path to legalization. Today, young people who are valedictorians and student body presidents are prevented from completing a college education. And today, States like Arizona can pass laws that are discriminatory, anti-immigrant, and, frankly, un-American, when all immigrants want to do is to be productive, contributing citizens and provide for their family and loved ones. We know immigrants are indispensable to our Nation's economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Co-Sponsors Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. 15 December 2009. "With more than 12 million immigrants currently living in the United States without legal status, millions more close family members waiting abroad to join their loved ones through the family-based immigration system, and the ongoing family separations and exploitation of undocumented workers, we all have a huge stake in passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation and with Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, now is the time to get this done. [¦] Communities of all colors and ethnic backgrounds must band together to support immigration reform. Like nearly every American citizen, all of our families were at one point immigrants to this land. We must stand in solidarity with our immigrants, whose only disadvantage is that their families arrived on these shores later than ours." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Supports President Obama's Proposal Alleviating the Harm caused to families by the 10-Year Immigrant Bar. 10 January 2012. "Forcing someone out of the country for months or years on end while they wait for a hardship waiver causes immense harm to the family unit, hurting both immigrants and U.S. citizens alike. I have heard so many stories from my constituents who are separated from their loved ones, even being forced to sell their home because they couldn't make the payments on one income. This proposal will guarantee American children don't suffer unnecessarily because of an absent mother or father. I applaud President Obama's leadership on this important issue, and I am encouraged by the fact that we are moving toward a fairer and streamlined immigration process, both for U.S. citizens and for those who wish to become residents of this great country." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. [¦] We urge you to include LGBT binational families in comprehensive immigration reform legislation. No one should be forced to choose between the person they love and the country they call home." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Judy Chu. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Judy Chu voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Applauds the Overturn of California's Gay Marriage Ban. 7 February 2012. "I have been a strong supporter of gay marriage rights my entire career. I applaud the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling that California's ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. This is the second court to rule against Proposition 8, and it is further validation that under the Constitution, and as a matter of fundamental fairness, the LGBT community is due the same basic human rights heterosexuals enjoy." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Applauds Today's Prop 8 Ruling. 4 August 2010. "I wholeheartedly support today's federal court decision striking down Proposition 8. This is a significant step forward for the basic dignity and security of every American. Since first proposed, it's been obvious that the ban on same-sex marriage is unjust, unreasonable and, as today's ruling shows, unconstitutional. Every person has a fundamental freedom to marry whomever he or she chooses, and no state or referendum can ever take away that right." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Calls on Speaker Boehner to Stop Wasting Taxpayer Money to Deny Marriage Equality. 10 March 2011. "LGBT families are just like all other American families. They pay taxes, participate in their communities, raise children, and care for elderly parents. The Defense of Marriage Act is discriminatory, it's that simple. The American people elected us to get them back to work, not to limit their basic human rights." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today is a pivotal day in the fight for equality for the LGBT community. In striking down DOMA, the Supreme Court ensured that individuals will no longer face discrimination under federal laws based on whom they marry.Though I would have preferred to see Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional as well, the fact is same-sex couples are free to marry their loved ones in California, and ultimately that is what is most important.While this is a great first step, the decisions only apply to those lucky enough to be in states that currently allow for same-sex marriages. It is clear that to truly create equality for all Americans under the law, gay and lesbian couples must be free to marry, regardless of where they live." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the American Family Association 12 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu Applauds the Overturn of California's Gay Marriage Ban. 7 February 2012. "I have been a strong supporter of gay marriage rights my entire career. I applaud the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling that California's ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. This is the second court to rule against Proposition 8, and it is further validation that under the Constitution, and as a matter of fundamental fairness, the LGBT community is due the same basic human rights heterosexuals enjoy." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Applauds Today's Prop 8 Ruling. 4 August 2010. "I wholeheartedly support today's federal court decision striking down Proposition 8. This is a significant step forward for the basic dignity and security of every American. Since first proposed, it's been obvious that the ban on same-sex marriage is unjust, unreasonable and, as today's ruling shows, unconstitutional. Every person has a fundamental freedom to marry whomever he or she chooses, and no state or referendum can ever take away that right." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Rep. Chu Calls on Speaker Boehner to Stop Wasting Taxpayer Money to Deny Marriage Equality. 10 March 2011. "LGBT families are just like all other American families. They pay taxes, participate in their communities, raise children, and care for elderly parents. The Defense of Marriage Act is discriminatory, it's that simple. The American people elected us to get them back to work, not to limit their basic human rights." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today is a pivotal day in the fight for equality for the LGBT community. In striking down DOMA, the Supreme Court ensured that individuals will no longer face discrimination under federal laws based on whom they marry.Though I would have preferred to see Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional as well, the fact is same-sex couples are free to marry their loved ones in California, and ultimately that is what is most important.While this is a great first step, the decisions only apply to those lucky enough to be in states that currently allow for same-sex marriages. It is clear that to truly create equality for all Americans under the law, gay and lesbian couples must be free to marry, regardless of where they live." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Judy Chu voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the American Family Association 12 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Judy Chu supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Judy Chu Issues Statement on Killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Military. 2 May 2011. "While I may not agree with the President's ongoing prosecution of the war in Afghanistan, I commend him, his national security team and the brave men and women of our intelligence and armed services who collaborated to finally bring justice to America's greatest enemy. This is exactly where our military efforts should be concentrated on: tracking down, capturing or killing the individuals responsible for the worst terrorist attack in U.S. History." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 27 June 2011. "We remain convinced that an ongoing U.S. presence will do little to advance U.S. national security while continuing to take the lives of our brave military personnel. While the military has made gains in isolated areas, they are not sustainable given the nature of the Afghan government and the insurgency's sanctuary in Pakistan. [¦] The American people have grown rightfully concerned about the cost and the wisdom of sustaining this mission, which reportedly costs U.S. taxpayers nearly $8 billion a month. [¦] The American people know that we can no longer afford to spend billions of dollars each month to try to build the nation of Afghanistan and to defeat a regenerating insurgency, which does not directly threaten the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. McGovern Joins Colleagues Urging Rep. King to Focus on All Terrorist Extremism. 10 March 2011. "We are writing regarding the Homeland Security Committee's upcoming hearings, which you have stated will focus exclusively on radicalization among Muslim Americans and homegrown terrorism. We agree that Congress and all levels of government have a duty to protect America from terrorism, whether from abroad or homegrown." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Congresswoman Judy Chu Issues Statement on Killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Military. 2 May 2011. "While I may not agree with the President's ongoing prosecution of the war in Afghanistan, I commend him, his national security team and the brave men and women of our intelligence and armed services who collaborated to finally bring justice to America's greatest enemy. This is exactly where our military efforts should be concentrated on: tracking down, capturing or killing the individuals responsible for the worst terrorist attack in U.S. History." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 27 June 2011. "We remain convinced that an ongoing U.S. presence will do little to advance U.S. national security while continuing to take the lives of our brave military personnel. While the military has made gains in isolated areas, they are not sustainable given the nature of the Afghan government and the insurgency's sanctuary in Pakistan. [¦] The American people have grown rightfully concerned about the cost and the wisdom of sustaining this mission, which reportedly costs U.S. taxpayers nearly $8 billion a month. [¦] The American people know that we can no longer afford to spend billions of dollars each month to try to build the nation of Afghanistan and to defeat a regenerating insurgency, which does not directly threaten the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. McGovern Joins Colleagues Urging Rep. King to Focus on All Terrorist Extremism. 10 March 2011. "We are writing regarding the Homeland Security Committee's upcoming hearings, which you have stated will focus exclusively on radicalization among Muslim Americans and homegrown terrorism. We agree that Congress and all levels of government have a duty to protect America from terrorism, whether from abroad or homegrown." (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

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  • Judy Chu. Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. 17 November 2011. "Today, American workers put money into a Social Security trust fund built to pay and save for future benefits. But under this shortsighted constitutional amendment, money coming into the Federal Government must be paid out the same year. That means you can't have a Social Security trust fund, so good-bye Social Security. Good-bye saving for retirement." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 July 2011. "Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Jobs. 8 September 2011. "And Governor Perry even attacked one of the few programs still keeping Americans afloat, calling Social Security 'a Ponzi scheme,' blaming seniors for defrauding younger generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Issue Position: Social Security. 29 February 2012. "For 75 years, Social Security has protected millions of Americans. For 75 years, it's been our government's bedrock promise. For 75 years, it's helped people like Janice Moore, whose husband passed away 13 years ago, leaving Janice and their three children to fend for themselves. Republicans want to hand this over to Wall Street. It's the same privatization scheme they tried 5 years back. If they had succeeded, we would have lost trillions in the stock market. But Democrats and the American people said 'no.' Today, we again reject these schemes and say 'yes' to Social Security's promise--protecting American lives for another 75 years and many generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. The Debt Limit. 20 July 2011. "I know that, if we can move past all the political posturing, we can reach a bipartisan agreement that protects Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, that reduces the debt, and that saves our economy from the disaster of default." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. The Debt Limit. 20 July 2011. "I know that, if we can move past all the political posturing, we can reach a bipartisan agreement that protects Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, that reduces the debt, and that saves our economy from the disaster of default." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. 17 November 2011. "Today, American workers put money into a Social Security trust fund built to pay and save for future benefits. But under this shortsighted constitutional amendment, money coming into the Federal Government must be paid out the same year. That means you can't have a Social Security trust fund, so good-bye Social Security. Good-bye saving for retirement." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Issue Position: Social Security. 29 February 2012. "For 75 years, Social Security has protected millions of Americans. For 75 years, it's been our government's bedrock promise. For 75 years, it's helped people like Janice Moore, whose husband passed away 13 years ago, leaving Janice and their three children to fend for themselves. Republicans want to hand this over to Wall Street. It's the same privatization scheme they tried 5 years back. If they had succeeded, we would have lost trillions in the stock market. But Democrats and the American people said 'no.' Today, we again reject these schemes and say 'yes' to Social Security's promise--protecting American lives for another 75 years and many generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Jobs. 8 September 2011. "And Governor Perry even attacked one of the few programs still keeping Americans afloat, calling Social Security 'a Ponzi scheme,' blaming seniors for defrauding younger generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 July 2011. "Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Judy Chu. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)

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California State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Maintain Statusa) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Greatly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Increaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Increaseh) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Slightly Increasek) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Yesm) Should Internet sales be taxed?
n) What are your proposals for balancing California's budget? (50 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space provided is not adequate.)
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current two term, eight year term limit for California governors?
Nob) Do you support the current two term, eight year term limit for California state senators?
Noc) Do you support the current three term, six year term limit for California assembly members?
d) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Undecidedi) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in California are closed?
Yesj) Do you support providing human services (medical care, education, etc.) for legal immigrants and their children?
Yesk) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nol) Should California restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support the use of the death penalty in California.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
e) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
g) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Amend the three-strikes law so that it is applied only when the third offense is a serious or violent felony.
i) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xj) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
Xn) Support funding for multilingual education.
o) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Create a 'living wage' standard for state employees and firms accepting state contracts.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Xd) Support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Xe) Ban drilling for oil and gas in waters off the California coast.
Xf) Support a bond for construction of a high-speed train linking the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles via the Central Valley.
Xg) Increase funding for open space preservation.
Xh) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xe) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
Xh) Establish a database of ballistic 'fingerprints' to track guns used in criminal activities.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in California.
h) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xi) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xj) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
e) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xf) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
g) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
i) Maintain current spending levels for affordable housing.
j) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, in a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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