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Jimmy Panetta's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 20, Democratic
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Jimmy Panetta has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

California Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Key

Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.
Unknown Answer
Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.
Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

When it comes to balancing our nation's budget, everything needs to be on the table, including defense spending, entitlements, and taxes. I do support an income tax increase on top level tax brackets.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

As a prosecutor, I must uphold the laws only after a thorough review of all facts, but ultimately that decision is up to the people.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "Jimmy is committed to making sure the Every School Succeeds Act (ESSA) achieves its goals of providing opportunity to every child, reducing the overreliance on standardized testing, and bringing educators into the decision-making process." http://www.jimmypanettaforcongress.com/#!jimmypanettaforcongressissues/c1flq (www.jimmypanettaforcongress.com)
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

As an owner of a firearm, I support the Second Amendment. However, I also support limiting certain people from possessing certain firearms.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • "The answer is not deporting millions of hard working immigrants – rather it is creating a path to citizenship for law-abiding families paying taxes and those willing to play by the rules." http://www.jimmypanettaforcongress.com/#!jimmypanettaforcongressissues/c1flq (www.jimmypanettaforcongress.com)
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • "Jimmy's goal is to keep America safe by supporting a strong defense, smart diplomacy, and secure alliances, through effective counter-terrorism operations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064136/issue-position-protecting-against-terrorism (votesmart.org)
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

The answer to the second question would depend on the type of hostility and the particular government involved.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Unfortunately, most of these categories are too general to answer with the answers provided above. We must look at the specifics within each category.

Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasej) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Increasek) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

Unfortunately, most of these categories are too general to answer with the answers provided above. We must look at the specifics within each category.

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

Together, we must do something to find solutions for the issues of our time. Our nation must remain strong and secure. The economy needs to grow in a way that creates jobs, raises wages, and returns the focus to small businesses. We must finally get serious about immigration reform and address climate change by promoting the fundamentals of a clean energy economy that creates reliable new jobs. Every American deserves access to a quality affordable education and equal justice under the law. I will do everything in my power to renew the collaborative spirit that is necessary to get things

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