Representative Loretta L. Sanchez's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Loretta L. Sanchez
Current Office: U.S. House - District 46, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 46
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Jack
Birth Date: 01/07/1960
Birth Place: Lynwood, CA
Home City: Santa Ana, CA
Religion: Catholic
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Loretta Sanchez a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Loretta Sanchez voted Did Not Vote on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, Congresswoman Sanchez has consistently worked to protect a woman's right to choose."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, Congresswoman Sanchez has consistently worked to protect a woman's right to choose."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, Congresswoman Sanchez has consistently worked to protect a woman's right to choose."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Issue Position: Women's Issues. 6 February 2012. "As a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, Congresswoman Sanchez has consistently worked to protect a woman's right to choose. She has introduced legislation to restore freedom of choice to women serving in the armed services outside the United States. This legislation affects more than 100,000 women, including active service members and the wives of military personnel who live on American military bases overseas. Congresswoman Sanchez is proud that no public funds would be used for procedures abroad." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges. We propose: Ending the overseas contingency operations emergency supplementals and on-budget appropriations starting in Fiscal Year 2013, providing $170 billion in Fiscal Year 2012 to fund redeployment, while saving more than $1.8 trillion from current law spending levels over ten years." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Congresswoman Sanchez' Reaction to the President's Plan for Withdrawal in Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) released the following statement in response to President Obama's plan to recall 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and an additional 20,000-plus by the end of next summer. 'I believe it is imperative that the President quicken the pace of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan and get our troops out even faster than he has proposed [¦] At the cost of more than 1,500 American lives, this war is incredibly costly. At the cost of $113 billion a year, it's expensive, dangerous, and unproductive. It is time to refocus America's intelligence and defense resources on more imminent threats from terrorists not just in Afghanistan but in other regions of the world such as Yemen or Pakistan. I urge the President to move immediately to end this unnecessary war.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 27 June 2011. "We write to you with serious concerns about the pace of withdrawal of our American troops from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We applaud your announcement Wednesday of an initial withdrawal of 10,000 troops this year, but believe withdrawal should be dramatically accelerated. Like all Americans, we are deeply proud of the hard work and incredible sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, and we know they are carrying out the mission in Afghanistan with dedication and extraordinary competence. Throughout this nearly ten-year military campaign, they have done all we have asked of them, and represented our nation's very best values and ideals. But now, especially considering the recent death of Osama bin Laden, we believe the time has come to dramatically accelerate the reduction of our military presence in Afghanistan. We respectfully request that you accelerate your Administration's withdrawal plan so that the so-called "surge troops" who were deployed in 2009 be redeployed by the end of this calendar year; with the additional goal of developing a plan to bring all of our remaining troops home safely and honorably by the end of next year." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Votes To Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan. 10 March 2010. "Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), the ranking female member on the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement regarding her support for H.Con.Res 248, which would mandate the withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of 2010: 'My vote today, is consistent with my opposition to the recent troop surge and reflects my belief that our current efforts in Afghanistan are ineffective, and that our troops and resources could be more effectively deployed elsewhere. It's time for us to redirect our focus back home, where numerous challenges continue to burden families in my district and across the country. In good conscience, I cannot continue to support an expensive, protracted military conflict at a time when my district has double digit unemployment, skyrocketing foreclosure rates, and other issues that affect the quality of life of the people I represent.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez: "No More Blank Checks for War in Afghanistan". 2 July 2010. "Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), the ranking female member on the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement regarding her vote for an amendment to the FY10 Supplemental Appropriations package to stop an escalation of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and limit war funding to the safe withdrawal of troops: 'My vote is consistent with my opposition to the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the belief that our troops should return home as soon as possible. I think the funding we continue to spend on this conflict would be better spent here at home, where families are suffering from record unemployment, skyrocketing, foreclosure rates, and other domestic issues. It's time to redirect our attention to the problems facing our communities and ramp up our efforts to get the national economy back on track.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Votes To Save Taxpayers Billions Of Dollars By Cutting Waste, Fraud, Abuse In Government Programs. 28 April 2010. "'As the ranking female on the House Armed Services Committee, I am committed to getting our men and women in uniform the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,' said Rep. Sanchez. 'At the same time, we also have an obligation to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government. This bill would help ensure that Congress is making smart investments in projects and programs that enhance America's security -- not those that waste taxpayer dollars.' The IMPROVE Acquisition Act cleans up waste, fraud, and abuse in the defense acquisition system through four key common sense reforms. It creates a better accountability system, establishes an auditable financial management system at the Department of Defense, improves the management of the acquisition workforce, and expands and strengthens the industrial base. The bill builds on the legislation enacted by the Democratic-led Congress last year to clean up wasteful defense spending and reform weapons system acquisition." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Increasing the Public Debt Limit. 18 November 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to S. 2986, a bill that will increase the debt limit of the U.S. Federal Budget from $7.4 trillion to $8.2 trillion. [¦] Comparatively speaking, domestic spending makes up an insignificant part of our budget. If Congress really wants to balance the budget, it is going to have to look at entitlements, interest on debt, defense spending, and we're going to have to think twice about projected tax reductions." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Facebook: Wall. Sanchez: If Super Comm. Fails, Big Defense Cuts Will Result. 16 November 2011. "We cannot afford to keep our current defense spending levels, and so we must take a look at how to keep our military strong without spending unnecessary taxpayer dollars." (www.facebook.com)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget. "
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Loretta Sanchez. State of the Union: O.C. Congress Members React - OC Register. 25 January 2012."I was glad a majority of his speech focused on our economy and the changes we must implement in order to get us back on track," she said. "A growing divide exists within our middle class, and this divide will continue until we implement real reform to our tax structure -- both for families and for corporations. We must put into place a fair tax structure that eliminates tax breaks for the top two percent of income earners -- the rich must pay their fair share." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. a) Less than $25,000"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. b) $25,000 - $75,000"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "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. h) Income taxes (high-income families)" 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. Other or expanded principles: "Allow high income tax cuts to expire and extend middle class cuts and keep cap gains low."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)" 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. Other or expanded principles: "Allow high income tax cuts to expire and extend middle class cuts and keep cap gains low."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I believe that the federal budget should be balanced, but do not believe in a Constitutional amendment to accomplish this."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Votes to Extend Critical Tax Cuts for Middle Class Families. 2 December 2010. "Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), a member of the bipartisan Joint Economic Committee, today voted to extend middle-class tax cuts that will spur economic growth in Orange County and across the country. The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, an amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 4853, would extend tax cuts for millions of families and small businesses without the deficit-busting baggage of new tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Unless Congress acts, tax cuts for middle class families will expire on January 1. 'Extending these tax cuts will save middle-class families in my community nearly $1,000 per year,' said Rep. Sanchez. 'That kind of money matters when you're struggling with a tough economy. The fact that Republicans would hold these tax cuts hostage for 97% of small businesses and working families really shows how out-of-touch they are with the American public.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Cosponsors Bill To Reinstate Tough, Enforceable Discretionary Spending Caps. 18 March 2010. "Out-of-control discretionary spending threatens to cripple America's economy and saddle future generations of Americans with mountains of debt [¦] Orange County families have been forced to make tough financial decisions, and it's time for Congress to do the same. Discretionary spending caps will be an important tool in our fight to restore fiscal discipline in government." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Increasing the Public Debt Limit. 18 November 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to S. 2986, a bill that will increase the debt limit of the U.S. Federal Budget from $7.4 trillion to $8.2 trillion. [¦] It is the time for the majority to start practicing what they preach about fiscal discipline. It needs to keep an eye on both the spending and revenue columns in the ledger. It needs to prioritize and economize, particularly in the areas where we are spending the most. Let's be realistic. Families can't balance their budgets by spending dollars and saving pennies, they need to make real economies. Similarly, we can't balance the budget on the back of domestic spending. Comparatively speaking, domestic spending makes up an insignificant part of our budget. If Congress really wants to balance the budget, it is going to have to look at entitlements, interest on debt, defense spending, and we're going to have to think twice about projected tax reductions. The future fiscal health of the United States is in our hands. I urge my colleagues to be more responsible with the money of the taxpayers of this country. There are no more excuses." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. FHA Reform Act of 2010. 10 June 2010. "Madam Chair, I rise in support of H.R. 5072, the FHA Reform Act of 2010. This legislation will, among many provisions, allow FHA to adjust its premium structure for new borrowers, while continuing to provide services to the communities it was intended to serve. Unfortunately, the economic crisis--the national housing prices decline, unemployment, and loan losses--led to the FHA's capital reserves falling below the two percent level required by law. I believe, the changes my colleagues and I will make to this program will help ensure its success in the long term, while reducing federal spending and saving taxpayers $2.5 billion dollars over the next five years. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Blue Dog Coalition. 2 May 2006. "We, as Blue Dogs, believe that we should do pay as you go, that we should make tough decisions every year and decide how we are going to spend and how we are going to tax and bring in the monies we need, how we are going to cut spending, if we need to cut spending. But we haven't been allowed to do that. Each and every year, as Blue Dogs, when we get together and we make our budget and we think about it, Mr. Cooper, on the Budget Committee, others of us, and the reality is that every year the Republicans decide that it is not the year to get our house in order, our financial house in order. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez: "Spending in Horse Bill is Fiscally Irresponsible, Out-of-Touch with the Priorities of American Families". 17 July 2009. "In the future, I hope Congress will be more realistic about the tough economic climate we currently face. The basic goal of this bill-protecting American wildlife-could have easily been met with far fewer taxpayer dollars. Instead, my colleagues will have to justify voting for nearly $700 million in spending that doesn't create jobs and doesn't directly serve hard-working American families. Our constituents back home are tightening their belts and I think it's time Congress does the same." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (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 Loretta Sanchez a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Loretta Sanchez. Issue Position: Business and Economic Development. 6 February 2012. "As a representative of one of the most vibrant small business districts in the United States, Congresswoman Sanchez has been fighting for small business loans, to repeal the "estate tax," and to help the businesses most affected by sudden downturns in the economy. She understands that many businesses are caught in a spiral of higher and higher taxes, hampering their growth. Small businesses are critical to our economy. They employ 53 percent of the private work force, contribute 47 percent of all sales in the country, and are responsible for 50 percent of the private gross domestic product. Representative Sanchez has been a strong supporter of an economic stimulus package that boosts consumer confidence, encourages investment, and maintains fiscal discipline which will keep long-term interest rates in check. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 6 February 2012. "Congresswoman Sanchez has been a longtime advocate for small business interests, fighting for small business loans and against tax increases that hamper economic growth. She strongly supported the economic stimulus package that continues to encourage investment and boost consumer confidence, all while maintaining the fiscal discipline that will keep long-term interest rates in check. These provisions will play an important role in ensuring business entrepreneurs can acquire the venture capital needed to expand businesses and create new jobs. She will continue to fight for the prosperity of small businesses in her own district, throughout Orange County, and in the state of California. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Votes For Bipartisan Jobs Bill. 4 March 2010. "'With a 12.3% unemployment rate, California cannot passively wait for jobs to come back to the state,' said Rep. Sanchez. 'This bill would help create new jobs and new opportunities in our community by giving local businesses concrete incentives to start hiring again. These are the kinds of smart investments that will get our economy back on track. My colleagues and I on the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition fought hard to include a provision in this bill that ensures it is fully paid for and does not add to our federal deficit, and I am thrilled that our efforts were successful.' Specifically, the HIRE Act will provide a payroll tax exemption to businesses that hire workers who have been unemployed for at least sixty days. The longer a business has a new qualified worker on its payroll, the greater the tax benefit. The bill will also provide businesses with an additional $1,000 income tax credit for every new employee retained for fifty-two weeks. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Votes to Create Small Business Jobs, Spur Economic Growth. 8 July 2009. "Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez today voted to create new jobs and boost the economy by making critical investments in America's small businesses. The Small Business Research and Innovation Act is part of Congress' long-term economic strategy to spur job creation by providing entrepreneurs with the resources they need to innovate and grow. 'Smart investments in small businesses will help drive America's long-term economic growth [¦] Supporting small business research and development will create new products and millions of new American jobs for years to come.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Votes To Support America's Small Businesses. 23 September 2009. "Supporting small business innovation is a surefire way to create new jobs and new opportunities right here in Orange County. Small business initiatives, like the one passed today, are important because they help entrepreneurs across the country start and build their businesses and, in the process, drive America's economic growth. In Congress, I will continue to support initiatives that support small businesses, strengthen our economy, and increase America's global competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."

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  • Loretta Sanchez. Issue Position: Education. 6 February 2012. "Education is the foundation of opportunity. A strong education system provides Americans from across the country the knowledge and training they need to be the successful leaders and innovators of tomorrow. When Congresswoman Sanchez is at home in Orange County, the most important work she does is visit local schools and neighborhoods. As she promised during her first weeks in office, Congresswoman Sanchez has visited each and every public school in the 47th Congressional District. She has learned first hand what the schools in Orange County really need--more teachers, classrooms, and resources. To address the need for new schools and classrooms, Congresswoman Sanchez has introduced H.R. 740, 'The Expand and Rebuild America's Schools Act.' The bill would provide a federal incentive for localities to pass local bond initiatives by offering a new class of interest-free bonds. The federal government would provide a tax credit to investors in lieu of the interest payments that would otherwise be made by the school districts." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget. "
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Rep. Sanchez believes a good education is key to America's prosperity and economic recovery. She believes that investing in education is necessary to build a strong workforce that will help move our economy forward. She's the only member of Congress who graduated from the Head Start program. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Rep. Sanchez believes a good education is key to America's prosperity and economic recovery. She believes that investing in education is necessary to build a strong workforce that will help move our economy forward. She's the only member of Congress who graduated from the Head Start program. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Rep. Sanchez believes a good education is key to America's prosperity and economic recovery. She believes that investing in education is necessary to build a strong workforce that will help move our economy forward. She's the only member of Congress who graduated from the Head Start program. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Loretta believes a good education is the key to America's prosperity. She is the only member of Congress who graduated from Head Start. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy. "
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Sanchez Introduces "Expand and Rebuild America's Schools Act" to Alleviate School Overcrowding. 15 March 2006. "H.R. 4945 would allow the Department of Education to bypass state agencies to offer federal interest subsidies directly to local school districts, many of which have had difficulty securing financing for facility construction and renovation, particularly in states that require a 2/3 majority approval for the passage of local bond initiatives. At the same time, this bill would create business incentives to support local school infrastructure improvement efforts [¦] 'Mr. Speaker, today I rise today to reintroduce the 'Expand and Rebuild America's School Act.' This important piece of legislation would create a class of bonds that would provide for much-needed construction of new schools. The bonds would be targeted to help overcrowded, high-growth rate schools that are struggling to provide a learning space for students.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. School Readiness Act of 2005. 22 September 2005. "Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the Head Start program and the great opportunities that it provides to children, parents, and families in America. I am a Head Start kid. I experienced firsthand the valuable and comprehensive education program that Head Start provides for low-income families. Head Start opened up a new world, not only for me, but also for the rest of my family. As I received an education and health services, my mother learned valuable lessons on how to become a more active and involved parent in America's public school system. I am glad to see that H.R. 2123 preserves the valuable Federal-to-local design that gives parents and local communities the right and the responsibility to be active in their Head Start program. For this is really the key to the Head Start program, the fact that parents and families are also involved with their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. The Increased Student Achievement Through Increased Student Support Act. 6 March 2009. "To help improve student performance and increase graduation rates, this bill would authorize funding to form partnerships between under-served school districts and higher education institutions that train school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists. By increasing school support staff, we can address children's out-of-the-classroom needs so that when they're in the classroom, they can be safe, engaged, and achieving their full potential. The students of low-income neighborhoods deserve the same opportunities as others for a productive learning environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. U.S. and the World Education Act. 28 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues to support the U.S. and World Education Act which I will be introducing today. My bill addresses the critical need to raise student achievement levels in the national education arena which is vital in order to compete in a world that is rapidly changing. My bill will raise the international education competence and literacy levels of elementary and secondary students. My bill will also create an international education research repository which will greatly enhance the international education curriculum taught in our schools as well as teaching methods. I firmly believe that our schools today do not focus enough on preparing our youth to interact and to communicate with other countries and cultures. And given the current economic crisis, future generations must be equipped with a skill set that will help them to excel academically and contribute to our Nation's economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2012 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did not select YES or NO for: "Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?" Education: Other or expanded principles: "Education is the cornerstone to America's future, and in Congress, I will continue to work to direct federal dollars toward supporting quality teaching in our classrooms, cutting federal education regulations, and providing more flexibility to states and local school districts. Efforts are still needed to ensure that every child is afforded an education that will give them the tools to be a competitor in today's world."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Loretta Sanchez. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Votes to Strengthen Green Economy, Boost Energy Independence . 17 July 2009. "Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez today voted to provide real solutions to America's energy needs by making critical investments in clean and renewable energy sources, conservation programs, and scientific research. The Energy and Water Appropriations Act will help spur our economy with millions of new green jobs, while reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and reducing the carbon pollution that causes global warming. 'Our economic recovery depends on smart, targeted investments that will make America a leader in the emerging green economy,' said Rep. Sanchez. 'This bill will create millions of clean energy jobs in communities across the country, including my district in Orange County. It will also help spur energy savings for working families and increase the production of clean, inexpensive energy from domestic sources. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act. 16 September 2008. "A lack of action by the previous Republican-led Congresses and policies of the Bush Administration have led to skyrocketing gas prices while Big Oil companies are earning their largest profits in American history. We need to act now. We need to pass a balanced energy bill, which is exactly what H.R. 6899 is. [¦] Despite some of the speeches we have heard on the floor today, the American people and the States are not unanimously in favor of an offshore drilling free-for-all. The looming expiration of the offshore drilling ban on September 30 would allow drilling as close as three miles offshore in my home State of California. That's very concerning for Californians who are committed to protecting our shores from any drilling. And I support their sentiment. This bill provides a compromise, ensuring that States like California can opt out of offshore drilling. Quite frankly, it seems like those people who would be for States' rights would support this provision that ensures that States are involved in the decision of whether to drill between 50 and 100 miles off of their shores. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act. 25 May 2006. "I am dismayed to see the issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge come to the floor again, especially under a rule that is narrowly limited. It limits our debate on what is such a volatile issue, and it has the power to turn our Nation far off track in our road to increasing the use of alternative fuels. Drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the easy way out. Heading off to one of our last bastions of wildlands to fuel what the President has called an 'addiction to oil' is shameful. This Congress can do better. This Congress can be creative. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Loretta Sanchez a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 88 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Loretta Sanchez in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health. Other or expanded principles: "Congresswoman Sanchez understands that rising health care costs burden American families. Over 40 million people in the United States lack health insurance. Loretta supports quality universal health care for all Americans. She has supported the SCHIP bill that provides federal funding for health care coverage for uninsured children."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Congresswoman Sanchez understands that rising health care costs burden American families. She voted in favor of H.R. 3692, the Affordable Health Care for America Act that will work toward fixing our broken health care system and bring us closer to ensuring more accessible and more affordable health care coverage for all Americans. It will also prohibit health insurance companies from discriminating against you because of a pre-existing conditions, or dropping your health insurance if you become sick. She has also supported the SCHIP bill that provides federal funding for health care coverage for uninsured children."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Congresswoman Sanchez understands that rising health care costs burden American families. She voted in favor of H.R. 3692, the Affordable Health Care for America Act that will work toward fixing our broken health care system and bring us closer to ensuring more accessible and more affordable health care coverage for all Americans. It will also prohibit health insurance companies from discriminating against you because of a pre-existing conditions, or dropping your health insurance if you become sick. She has also supported the SCHIP bill that provides federal funding for health care coverage for uninsured children."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Health Care Reform. 17 June 2009. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to commend my fellow Democratic colleagues for their commitment to reforming the health care system with the goal of reducing costs and improving access to quality health care for all Americans. Health care premiums are increasing at an alarming rate; in fact, in the last 10 years, they have doubled. Currently, over $1,000 of the average American family's annual health care premium goes to support uninsured Americans, and still we have over 46 million Americans who don't have access to health care, and 20 percent of them are children. I believe that we must work creatively to build on the best of what works in the current system while fostering competition among private plans and providing patients with quality choices. We can and we must ensure that all Americans have affordable and quality health care. And I urge all of my colleagues to work together towards this goal." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Blasts California Health Insurer for Proposed Rate Increase. 6 January 2011. "'I am absolutely outraged by Blue Shield of California's decision to seek a drastic rate increase at a time when record numbers of Californians are out of work and struggling to insure themselves and their families. Under the proposed plan, nearly a quarter of affected policyholders will see rate increases of more than 50% over five months. That is absolutely unconscionable. Blue Shield of California must reexamine its decision given the catastrophic impact it will have on families in Orange County and across the state.' Less than a year ago, Anthem Blue Cross tried and failed to raise rates as much as 39% for about 700,000 California customers. These types of abusive rate increases were one of the reasons why Democrats fought for health care reform. Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies are required to publicly report the percentage of total premium revenue that is used for actual health care services for beneficiaries. The Affordable Care Act also holds health insurance companies accountable for unjustified premium increases. These provisions will protect Americans from the kinds of outrageous premium rate increases that Blue Shield of California is attempting to implement. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Issues Statement On Passage Of Historic Health Care Bill. 21 March 2010. "Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) today issued the following statement regarding her historic vote in support of H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010: 'This was probably the most difficult vote I've cast during my time in Congress. After decades of failed attempts at reform, this Congress was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to finally fix our broken health care system. And just like any once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, there was a lot of pressure to deliver a perfect bill, one that would be cost-effective and deficit-neutral while increasing health care quality and decreasing the number of uninsured. Over the last few weeks, it has become clear that this bill is far from perfect. It does not provide a public option, which I believe is critical to achieving genuine reform. And it doesn't adequately reimburse California hospitals for the cost of providing care to Medicare patients. So I had a choice: stand up for my ideal vision of health care and vote against this legislation, or accept a less-than-perfect bill because it is an important step toward improving our health care system from the unsustainable status quo. It is for this reason that I deliberated long and hard before casting my vote. [¦]'" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, this past year, around June, I was speaking to a woman who is a single mother. She has two young children. She is a real estate agent, and it has been tough in California. But through all of that, she managed to pay her premium to have health care for herself and for her two children. In June, her daughter, for the first time, had an epileptic attack, and she didn't know what to do. She was scared to death. So she took her to the hospital and her daughter got better, but of course her daughter will have more of these. One month later, she found out that her daughter would not be covered any longer by that health care plan, and so she has been paying about $1,700 out of her pocket for her daughter and her medications and all. She came to me and I said, well, this is what the reform is about. This is what health care reform is about. It's about taking care of our children and our families. And I told her that her daughter would now be covered. If this was your daughter, you would not repeal this health care reform." (votesmart.org)

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  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Sanchez Issues Statement on President's State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "Finally, I want to commend the president for remembering to address the important issue of immigration reform. There are millions of undocumented immigrants now living in communities across the country. The time to find a compassionate, humane way to bring these men, women, and children out of the shadows is now. I applaud the president's call to action on this difficult issue, and hope he will continue to push for meaningful reform in the months ahead." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "Rep. Sanchez opposes illegal immigration and is firmly committed to the full and effective enforcement of our nation's immigration laws and the protection of our borders. As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, she is working to triple the number of border patrol agents and to improve the technology available to law enforcement and border agencies. Rep. Sanchez is also a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "Rep. Sanchez opposes illegal immigration and is firmly committed to the full and effective enforcement of our nation's immigration laws and the protection of our borders. As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, she is working to triple the number of border patrol agents and to improve the technology available to law enforcement and border agencies. Rep. Sanchez is also a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. 15 December 2005. "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and business groups across America oppose H.R. 4437 because the employers will pay the price for these impractical provisions and because enforcement-only legislation like H.R. 4437 will not create a rational immigration system needed to serve all Americans, businesses, and potential immigrants. It does not address real comprehensive immigration reform, which is necessary for everybody out there in America who thinks that undocumented workers are a problem. This Sensenbrenner bill will not fix what we have on our hands. You have only to look at demographics to understand we in America need more workers than we can provide. And we need to get them from somewhere. So we need to get back to comprehensive immigration reform, not just closing off borders or hurting people or taking children away from mothers or deporting mothers. This will not solve the problem we have at hand. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 6 February 2012. "Congresswoman Sanchez believes that all immigration policies must be viewed through the lens of national security. She strongly believes that immigration legislation is in need of broad reform and that meaningful efforts must be made to stop human trafficking across our borders. To that end, she strongly supports full funding of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, a cost-effective measure designed to identify and remove criminal aliens in the United States. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Issues Statement Following Obama-Brewer Meeting on Arizona Immigration Law, Border Security. 3 June 2010. "As Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and former Chair of the subcommittee with primary jurisdiction over our nation's borders, I share Governor Brewer's concerns about the security of the U.S.-Mexico border and inadequate enforcement of existing immigration laws. However, I also disagree with the Arizona legislature's approach to solving the problem, which I believe to be misguided. Arizona's immigration law may be smart politics, it isn't smart policy. If we really want to secure our border with Mexico, Congress needs to assert its jurisdiction on border security issues and, more importantly, tackle comprehensive immigration reform once and for all. It may seem like Arizona's law is better than nothing, but the reality is that reactionary legislation won't stop illegal border crossings, won't end the brutal drug cartel violence, and won't make America more secure in the long-term. Collectively, we need to turn our attention to the need for comprehensive and humane federal immigration reform. I hope Congress and the Administration will finally muster the political will to fix our broken immigration system, and soon, before other states pass knee-jerk laws like the one in Arizona." (votesmart.org)

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  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 91 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 3313. I call it the "Offense to the Constitution Act." Not only does this bill have nothing to do with what it pretends to address, but it attacks one of the fundamental principles of our American democratic system, the separation of powers. The Founding Fathers wisely separated the powers of the executive, the legislative, and the judicial branches so as to avoid an abuse of power by any one of the three. This administration was cemented and codified in great historic American cases like Marbury v. Madison. H.R. 3313 is a direct attack on the separation of powers and the legacy of those cases. It says: 'No court created by act of Congress shall have any jurisdiction, and the Supreme Court shall have no appellate jurisdiction, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, section 1738C or this section.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Alex Rodriguez and David Zucchino. Los Angeles Times: U.S. Drone attacks in Pakistan get mixed response. 2 May 2010. "Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), chairwoman of the terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, said she is 'in the comfort zone, considering who we've been able to take out' in drone strikes. 'We have a mandate to eliminate these people who are trying to hurt us,' Sanchez said. Even if political conditions allowed for U.S. ground troops in Pakistan, she said, that would almost certainly increase both civilian and U.S. military casualties." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Addressing All Terrorist Threats. 21 April 2010. "I would like to especially recognize our U.S. Special Operations Forces, who have been an integral part of our counterterrorism strategy. The U.S. Special Operation Forces have been successful in developing valuable relationships with the governments in Pakistan and Afghanistan, ultimately leading to the capture of hundreds of al Qaeda fighters and affiliates. However, terrorism is not limited to Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, our forces are also in regions such as Yemen to root out terrorists and send a loud message to those who seek to do us harm that we will not let them operate freely like that. Congress must be proactive about addressing all terrorist threats to our country through intelligence, diplomacy and with our Armed Forces." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Congresswoman Sanchez' Reaction to the President's Plan for Withdrawal in Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "I believe it is imperative that the President quicken the pace of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan and get our troops out even faster than he has proposed [¦] At the cost of more than 1,500 American lives, this war is incredibly costly. At the cost of $113 billion a year, it's expensive, dangerous, and unproductive. It is time to refocus America's intelligence and defense resources on more imminent threats from terrorists not just in Afghanistan but in other regions of the world such as Yemen or Pakistan. I urge the President to move immediately to end this unnecessary war." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. National Security. 25 May 2010. "Mr. Speaker, Democrats have stepped up the fight against terrorists and are getting real results that make Americans safe. Democrats are strengthening our security by restoring America's global leadership. We have ended torture. We are working with our allies and are getting countries like Pakistan to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. We have increased funding for counterintelligence activities and human intelligence collection. We have enhanced cybersecurity efforts and bolstered aviation, ports, and border security." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Loretta Sanchez supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Rep. Sanchez Hosts Social Security Forum. 22 April 2005. "With national polls showing 2/3 of Americans disapprove of the President's performance on Social Security and public support declining for his plan to allow younger workers to put a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes into the stock market, Sanchez used the forum to help educate local seniors on the realities of the proposal. 'There are two issues to address in this debate: solvency and private savings accounts,' said Sanchez. 'Unfortunately, one has very little to do with the other. Personal accounts will do nothing to protect the longevity of the program besides ultimately dismantling this proven, reliable safety net for our most vulnerable. We need to come to the table, on a bipartisan basis, to discuss real options to keep Social Security viable and strong.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)

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California Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have long believed that our current efforts in Afghanistan are ineffective, and that our troops and resources could be more effectively deployed elsewhere. It is time for us to redirect our focus back home, where numerous economic challenges continue to burden families in my district and across the country.

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

In order to balance the budget,

YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

As a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition, I have long fought for responsible spending, and I will continue to do so. However, while I believe spending must be curtailed, these cuts must be smart and targeted. We have to cut unnecessary and wasteful funding, not important investments that are helping to grow our economy and helping the private sector innovate and create jobs. And our budget must not be balanced on the backs of our seniors and most vulnerable citizens.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I am a strong supporter of the Disclose Act, because it would have dramatically increased transparency and accountability in political spending. Corporations and foreign governments should not be allowed to issue a blank check to influence the outcome of our elections. It is completely inconsistent with our democratic principles.

Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I believe that unemployment insurance has proven itself to be one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to stimulate the economy and ensure those who are looking for work are able to provide for their families during difficult times. Congress worked effectively to reduce unemployment, currently at its lowest rate in two years. I am committed to continuing this trend, ensuring that our economy is strengthened and that all American?s have the opportunity to succeed.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • Loretta Sanchez. Issue Position: Education. 6 February 2012. "Education is the foundation of opportunity. A strong education system provides Americans from across the country the knowledge and training they need to be the successful leaders and innovators of tomorrow. When Congresswoman Sanchez is at home in Orange County, the most important work she does is visit local schools and neighborhoods. As she promised during her first weeks in office, Congresswoman Sanchez has visited each and every public school in the 47th Congressional District. She has learned first hand what the schools in Orange County really need--more teachers, classrooms, and resources. To address the need for new schools and classrooms, Congresswoman Sanchez has introduced H.R. 740, 'The Expand and Rebuild America's Schools Act.' The bill would provide a federal incentive for localities to pass local bond initiatives by offering a new class of interest-free bonds. The federal government would provide a tax credit to investors in lieu of the interest payments that would otherwise be made by the school districts." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget. "
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Rep. Sanchez believes a good education is key to America's prosperity and economic recovery. She believes that investing in education is necessary to build a strong workforce that will help move our economy forward. She's the only member of Congress who graduated from the Head Start program. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Rep. Sanchez believes a good education is key to America's prosperity and economic recovery. She believes that investing in education is necessary to build a strong workforce that will help move our economy forward. She's the only member of Congress who graduated from the Head Start program. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Rep. Sanchez believes a good education is key to America's prosperity and economic recovery. She believes that investing in education is necessary to build a strong workforce that will help move our economy forward. She's the only member of Congress who graduated from the Head Start program. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Loretta believes a good education is the key to America's prosperity. She is the only member of Congress who graduated from Head Start. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy. "
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Sanchez Introduces "Expand and Rebuild America's Schools Act" to Alleviate School Overcrowding. 15 March 2006. "H.R. 4945 would allow the Department of Education to bypass state agencies to offer federal interest subsidies directly to local school districts, many of which have had difficulty securing financing for facility construction and renovation, particularly in states that require a 2/3 majority approval for the passage of local bond initiatives. At the same time, this bill would create business incentives to support local school infrastructure improvement efforts [¦] 'Mr. Speaker, today I rise today to reintroduce the 'Expand and Rebuild America's School Act.' This important piece of legislation would create a class of bonds that would provide for much-needed construction of new schools. The bonds would be targeted to help overcrowded, high-growth rate schools that are struggling to provide a learning space for students.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. School Readiness Act of 2005. 22 September 2005. "Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the Head Start program and the great opportunities that it provides to children, parents, and families in America. I am a Head Start kid. I experienced firsthand the valuable and comprehensive education program that Head Start provides for low-income families. Head Start opened up a new world, not only for me, but also for the rest of my family. As I received an education and health services, my mother learned valuable lessons on how to become a more active and involved parent in America's public school system. I am glad to see that H.R. 2123 preserves the valuable Federal-to-local design that gives parents and local communities the right and the responsibility to be active in their Head Start program. For this is really the key to the Head Start program, the fact that parents and families are also involved with their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. The Increased Student Achievement Through Increased Student Support Act. 6 March 2009. "To help improve student performance and increase graduation rates, this bill would authorize funding to form partnerships between under-served school districts and higher education institutions that train school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists. By increasing school support staff, we can address children's out-of-the-classroom needs so that when they're in the classroom, they can be safe, engaged, and achieving their full potential. The students of low-income neighborhoods deserve the same opportunities as others for a productive learning environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. U.S. and the World Education Act. 28 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues to support the U.S. and World Education Act which I will be introducing today. My bill addresses the critical need to raise student achievement levels in the national education arena which is vital in order to compete in a world that is rapidly changing. My bill will raise the international education competence and literacy levels of elementary and secondary students. My bill will also create an international education research repository which will greatly enhance the international education curriculum taught in our schools as well as teaching methods. I firmly believe that our schools today do not focus enough on preparing our youth to interact and to communicate with other countries and cultures. And given the current economic crisis, future generations must be equipped with a skill set that will help them to excel academically and contribute to our Nation's economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2012 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did not select YES or NO for: "Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?" Education: Other or expanded principles: "Education is the cornerstone to America's future, and in Congress, I will continue to work to direct federal dollars toward supporting quality teaching in our classrooms, cutting federal education regulations, and providing more flexibility to states and local school districts. Efforts are still needed to ensure that every child is afforded an education that will give them the tools to be a competitor in today's world."
Other or expanded principles

Education is the cornerstone to America's future, and in Congress, I will continue to work to direct federal dollars toward supporting quality teaching in our classrooms, cutting federal education regulations, and providing more flexibility to states and local school districts. Efforts are still needed to ensure that every child is afforded an education that will give them the tools to be a competitor in today's world.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I am proud of my environmental record will continue to work to protect the environment and push for sensible energy alternatives that will allow America to reduce our dependence on oil. I have supported efforts to limit offshore drilling, specifically off the coast of California.

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

California has been blessed with incredible natural resources, and it is our responsibility to preserve our beaches, bays, and national parks for future generations. The long-term health of our country and our planet depends on the investments we make today, and I am proud to support efforts that will help create a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I support responsible gun ownership and believe background checks and other security measures must be in place, in particular at gun shows.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I am a supporter of the Affordable Care Act. Though far from perfect, it is a significant step in the right direction and will bring down the costs of health care for millions of families and small businesses, expand coverage to millions of Americans, and end the worst practices of insurance companies.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

I remain firmly committed to the full and effective enforcement of our nation?s immigration laws. As a senior member of the Homeland Security Committee, I am working to triple the number of border control agents, and to increase the technology available to law enforcement officers. However, I believe that border enforcement alone is not enough to address the complexity of this issue. I am a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform. In addition to securing our borders, we must recognize the vital economic role immigrants play in our country, and create efficient and cost-effective measures to permit appropriate legal immigration.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Alex Rodriguez and David Zucchino. Los Angeles Times: U.S. Drone attacks in Pakistan get mixed response. 2 May 2010. "Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), chairwoman of the terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, said she is 'in the comfort zone, considering who we've been able to take out' in drone strikes. 'We have a mandate to eliminate these people who are trying to hurt us,' Sanchez said. Even if political conditions allowed for U.S. ground troops in Pakistan, she said, that would almost certainly increase both civilian and U.S. military casualties." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Addressing All Terrorist Threats. 21 April 2010. "I would like to especially recognize our U.S. Special Operations Forces, who have been an integral part of our counterterrorism strategy. The U.S. Special Operation Forces have been successful in developing valuable relationships with the governments in Pakistan and Afghanistan, ultimately leading to the capture of hundreds of al Qaeda fighters and affiliates. However, terrorism is not limited to Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, our forces are also in regions such as Yemen to root out terrorists and send a loud message to those who seek to do us harm that we will not let them operate freely like that. Congress must be proactive about addressing all terrorist threats to our country through intelligence, diplomacy and with our Armed Forces." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Congresswoman Sanchez' Reaction to the President's Plan for Withdrawal in Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "I believe it is imperative that the President quicken the pace of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan and get our troops out even faster than he has proposed [¦] At the cost of more than 1,500 American lives, this war is incredibly costly. At the cost of $113 billion a year, it's expensive, dangerous, and unproductive. It is time to refocus America's intelligence and defense resources on more imminent threats from terrorists not just in Afghanistan but in other regions of the world such as Yemen or Pakistan. I urge the President to move immediately to end this unnecessary war." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. National Security. 25 May 2010. "Mr. Speaker, Democrats have stepped up the fight against terrorists and are getting real results that make Americans safe. Democrats are strengthening our security by restoring America's global leadership. We have ended torture. We are working with our allies and are getting countries like Pakistan to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. We have increased funding for counterintelligence activities and human intelligence collection. We have enhanced cybersecurity efforts and bolstered aviation, ports, and border security." (votesmart.org)
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

I am working hard with the President and my colleagues in Congress to support our nation?s seniors whose economic stability depends on Social Security. While some changes must be made, I oppose privatizing Social Security because it would expose the program to the insecurities of the stock market. I also oppose raising the retirement age for those who are eligible under Title II of the Social Security Act.

Spending

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

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

Taxes

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

a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My top priority is rebuilding Orange County?s economy and creating more jobs so that people can get back to work. Through tax breaks for small businesses and improvements to our roads and highways, we?re getting our economy back on track while bettering our community. For the unemployed, I'm working to ensure unemployment benefits are extended, and health care is accessible. For seniors and veterans, I've made sure Social Security and Medicare are well-funded. And I believe keeping our schools open and putting more police on the street are vital to preserving and maintaining our community's quality of life.