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Mark Takano's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 41, Democratic
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Mark Takano has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Mark Takano is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% in 2014 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy."
  • Rated 100% in 2014 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Takano. Facebook: Wall. 21 November 2011. "The failure to compromise by Republican Congress members this evening is yet another stark reminder of their true platform “ to protect the wealthy at the expense of jobs our region so desperately needs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mark Takano. Facebook: Wall. 21 November 2011. "The failure to compromise by Republican Congress members this evening is yet another stark reminder of their true platform “ to protect the wealthy at the expense of jobs our region so desperately needs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mark Takano. Mark Takano Statement on the Republican Plan to Eliminate Medicare. 20 March 2012. "Anyone who's ever sat down at the kitchen table and struggled with their own finances knows that budgets are all about choices. In the budget they released today, House Republicans have chosen to slash tax rates for millionaires and billionaires and have chosen to pay for those tax cuts by eliminating Medicare. These are the wrong choices." (www.marktakano.com)
  • Mark Takano. Mark Takano Statement on the Republican Plan to Eliminate Medicare. 20 March 2012. "Anyone who's ever sat down at the kitchen table and struggled with their own finances knows that budgets are all about choices. In the budget they released today, House Republicans have chosen to slash tax rates for millionaires and billionaires and have chosen to pay for those tax cuts by eliminating Medicare. These are the wrong choices." (www.marktakano.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Takano. Issue Position: Job Creation. 16 March 2012. "Mark Takano favors strategic investments in infrastructure -- upgrades including renovating school buildings, improving roads, highways and bridges, and moving forward with high speed rail -- that will create jobs and improve our community." (www.marktakano.com)
  • Mark Takano. Issue Position: Job Creation. 16 March 2012. "Mark Takano favors strategic investments in infrastructure -- upgrades including renovating school buildings, improving roads, highways and bridges, and moving forward with high speed rail -- that will create jobs and improve our community." (www.marktakano.com)
  • "To address persistent unemployment, I will support bold investment in transportation and infrastructure, strengthening our small businesses, research and development into new technology, and workforce training programs to prepare workers to compete in the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • "To address persistent unemployment, I will support bold investment in transportation and infrastructure, strengthening our small businesses, research and development into new technology, and workforce training programs to prepare workers to compete in the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mark supports reforming or ending the Federal mandates of "No Child Left Behind" and a renewed commitment to building an educational system that will prepare Americans to compete in the emerging economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Issue Position: Education and Workforce Development. 16 March 2012. "He recognizes that economic prosperity in the future requires a strong investment in education and workforce training today. Mark supports reforming or ending the Federal mandates of "No Child Left Behind" and a renewed commitment to building an educational system that will prepare Americans to compete in the emerging economy." (www.marktakano.com)
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • "Mark supports reforming or ending the Federal mandates of "No Child Left Behind" and a renewed commitment to building an educational system that will prepare Americans to compete in the emerging economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "Since taking office, Takano has used his experience as a teacher to advocate for improving the American education system through meaningful reforms that will positively impact student performance. Takano is also an outspoken critic of the for-profit college industry, which often saddles students with meaningless degrees and large amounts of debt. Takano has repeatedly called for a strong gainful employment rule that would limit the federal funding to institutions that are not properly preparing their students to enter the workforce. " (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Issue Position: Education and Workforce Development. 16 March 2012. "He recognizes that economic prosperity in the future requires a strong investment in education and workforce training today. Mark supports reforming or ending the Federal mandates of "No Child Left Behind" and a renewed commitment to building an educational system that will prepare Americans to compete in the emerging economy." (www.marktakano.com)
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • "Since taking office, Takano has used his experience as a teacher to advocate for improving the American education system through meaningful reforms that will positively impact student performance. Takano is also an outspoken critic of the for-profit college industry, which often saddles students with meaningless degrees and large amounts of debt. Takano has repeatedly called for a strong gainful employment rule that would limit the federal funding to institutions that are not properly preparing their students to enter the workforce. " (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Earlier today, I voted against H.R. 3, otherwise known as the Northern Route Approval Act, which declares that a presidential permit is not required for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This legislation brought forth by House Republicans also bypasses several important regulatory steps that provide transparency and information about the project's impact on neighboring communities.As the feasibility and environmental impact of the Keystone XL pipeline is being debated, it is crucial that information be made available to residents, businesses and experts alike. America's energy future needs to be secured and should not become a political issue, as American energy independence is in the best interest of our nation.This approach by the House Republican Majority is the wrong way to go." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 956 - Prohibits Pending Pipeline Permit Applications from Receiving Automatic Approval - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 3301 that exempts pending projects from the provisions of the bill that prohibit a Presidential permit from being required for any oil or natural gas pipeline or any cross border segment with Canada or Mexico.
  • vote: (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • "With Riverside County residents suffering some of the worst air quality in the nation, it is imperative that their member of Congress take a stand for cleaner air. Mark Takano supports strong clean air standards and broader use of clean energy resources." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am committed to policies that promote the research and development of alternative energy technologies, strengthen environmental standards that lower our emissions, and invest in initiatives that conserve energy and expand the use public transportation. " (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Issue Position: Clean Air. 1 January 2012. "With Riverside County residents suffering some of the worst air quality in the nation, it is imperative that their member of Congress take a stand for cleaner air. Mark Takano supports strong clean air standards and broader use of clean energy resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits." 7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment? Other or expanded principles: "Support Public/Private partnerships to develop a new generation of zero-polluting vehicles."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mark Takano in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • "With Riverside County residents suffering some of the worst air quality in the nation, it is imperative that their member of Congress take a stand for cleaner air. Mark Takano supports strong clean air standards and broader use of clean energy resources." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am committed to policies that promote the research and development of alternative energy technologies, strengthen environmental standards that lower our emissions, and invest in initiatives that conserve energy and expand the use public transportation. " (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Issue Position: Clean Air. 1 January 2012. "With Riverside County residents suffering some of the worst air quality in the nation, it is imperative that their member of Congress take a stand for cleaner air. Mark Takano supports strong clean air standards and broader use of clean energy resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits." 7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment? Other or expanded principles: "Support Public/Private partnerships to develop a new generation of zero-polluting vehicles."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mark Takano in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that we need to reinstate permanently the federal assault weapons ban as well as a ban on large capacity ammunition magazines. I also support expanding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), established by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, to ensure that only law abiding individuals are allowed to purchase guns. We have a responsibility to protect our children, which is why I also support mandating child safety locks on handguns to prevent accidental deaths." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • "I believe that we need to reinstate permanently the federal assault weapons ban as well as a ban on large capacity ammunition magazines. I also support expanding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), established by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, to ensure that only law abiding individuals are allowed to purchase guns. We have a responsibility to protect our children, which is why I also support mandating child safety locks on handguns to prevent accidental deaths." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 10% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Rated 10% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Takano. Mark Takano Statement on the Affordable Care Act Decision. 28 June 2012. "I am very pleased that today the Supreme Court followed the Constitution and upheld a law that ensures that young adults just starting their careers can remain on their parent's health insurance plan, that seniors don't have to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine because of a gap in Medicare coverage, and that no American will be turned down for coverage because of a pre-existing condition." (www.marktakano.com)
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Mark Takano. Mark Takano Statement on the Affordable Care Act Decision. 28 June 2012. "I am very pleased that today the Supreme Court followed the Constitution and upheld a law that ensures that young adults just starting their careers can remain on their parent's health insurance plan, that seniors don't have to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine because of a gap in Medicare coverage, and that no American will be turned down for coverage because of a pre-existing condition." (www.marktakano.com)
  • "To my Republican friends, I want to say: this is a safe place. We are here to help. Your addiction to repealing ObamaCare and peddling conspiracy theories about the law are not doing any good for yourselves or for the American people.Stop standing on the wrong side of history. Let's move on. Let's accept that ObamaCare is the law of the land. Let's get back to being productive as a legislative body." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • "To my Republican friends, I want to say: this is a safe place. We are here to help. Your addiction to repealing ObamaCare and peddling conspiracy theories about the law are not doing any good for yourselves or for the American people.Stop standing on the wrong side of history. Let's move on. Let's accept that ObamaCare is the law of the land. Let's get back to being productive as a legislative body." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Reforming our immigration system will help businesses such as Blue Banner by providing a workforce that is ready and willing to work. Let's pass immigration reform and help families stay together and help businesses obtain the workers they need." (votesmart.org)
  • "Reforming our immigration system will help businesses such as Blue Banner by providing a workforce that is ready and willing to work. Let's pass immigration reform and help families stay together and help businesses obtain the workers they need." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Senate bill solves many of the problems with our current immigration system. It creates a pathway to citizenship, secures our borders, addresses the current backlog, and helps the DREAMers, who were brought here through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, the push for immigration reform hit a brick wall when the legislation moved over to the House and Speaker Boehner flatly refused to bring it up for a vote." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Senate bill solves many of the problems with our current immigration system. It creates a pathway to citizenship, secures our borders, addresses the current backlog, and helps the DREAMers, who were brought here through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, the push for immigration reform hit a brick wall when the legislation moved over to the House and Speaker Boehner flatly refused to bring it up for a vote." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Johnson. Washington Blade: Takano on path to make history in Calif. Race. 22 December 2011. "'Watching that example gives me faith that the LGBT community is also going to prevail in their quest for full inclusion and full equality. Because I've watched it happen.' Takano said he expects to take the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over the finish line during his tenure in Congress. He also said he wants to work toward repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and passage of the Uniting American Families Act." (www.washingtonblade.com)
  • "By striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and allowing the Ninth Circuit court ruling to stand on California's Proposition 8, the Supreme Court has brought full legal equality to thousands of married couples across the United States and restored marriage equality in California. [...] Even with these victories, the fight for equality is not over. Many legally married couples who now reside in states that do not recognize their marriages will not receive the full benefits of DOMA's end unless Congress takes action. Millions more LGBT Americans live in states that give no recognition to their relationships whatsoever, and we must continue to fight to end this injustice. I remain committed to this movement and will explore all possible options to ensure that all Americans, regardless of who they love, are treated the same under the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Current: The War Room: Mark Takano: Issues more important to voters than LGBT status. 20 June 2012. "'Now my LGBT status is a very minor point of interest,' Takano says, pointing out that people prefer to focus on issues of importance to their community and how elected officials will act on those issues. On Obama's comments on marriage equality, Takano says, 'I have always believed that our country was on a path to more and more equality. I believe the ideals on which our country was founded ¦ have moved us forward. The country can't help but be animated by generations who ask, ˜What does it mean to be an American?''" (current.com)
  • Chris Johnson. Washington Blade: Takano on path to make history in Calif. Race. 22 December 2011. "'Watching that example gives me faith that the LGBT community is also going to prevail in their quest for full inclusion and full equality. Because I've watched it happen.' Takano said he expects to take the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over the finish line during his tenure in Congress. He also said he wants to work toward repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and passage of the Uniting American Families Act." (www.washingtonblade.com)
  • Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund endorsed Mark Takano in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "Today's ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that declares Proposition 8's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional is a victory for the principles of equality and freedom. All Americans triumph when these principles are upheld. Though we live in a democracy where the will of the majority sets policy, we also believe that basic human rights should be subject to legislation or plebiscites. This ruling is a victory for all Americans." (www.facebook.com)
  • "By striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and allowing the Ninth Circuit court ruling to stand on California's Proposition 8, the Supreme Court has brought full legal equality to thousands of married couples across the United States and restored marriage equality in California. [...] Even with these victories, the fight for equality is not over. Many legally married couples who now reside in states that do not recognize their marriages will not receive the full benefits of DOMA's end unless Congress takes action. Millions more LGBT Americans live in states that give no recognition to their relationships whatsoever, and we must continue to fight to end this injustice. I remain committed to this movement and will explore all possible options to ensure that all Americans, regardless of who they love, are treated the same under the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "Today's ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that declares Proposition 8's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional is a victory for the principles of equality and freedom. All Americans triumph when these principles are upheld. Though we live in a democracy where the will of the majority sets policy, we also believe that basic human rights should be subject to legislation or plebiscites. This ruling is a victory for all Americans." (www.facebook.com)
  • Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund endorsed Mark Takano in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Current: The War Room: Mark Takano: Issues more important to voters than LGBT status. 20 June 2012. "'Now my LGBT status is a very minor point of interest,' Takano says, pointing out that people prefer to focus on issues of importance to their community and how elected officials will act on those issues. On Obama's comments on marriage equality, Takano says, 'I have always believed that our country was on a path to more and more equality. I believe the ideals on which our country was founded ¦ have moved us forward. The country can't help but be animated by generations who ask, ˜What does it mean to be an American?''" (current.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Takano. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. "Securing our nation from foreign threats, including terrorism, must be a priority in Washington. Mark Takano recognizes that as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, new strategies will be needed to thwart those who would do us harm." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Takano. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. "Securing our nation from foreign threats, including terrorism, must be a priority in Washington. Mark Takano recognizes that as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, new strategies will be needed to thwart those who would do us harm." (votesmart.org)
  • "Securing our nation from foreign threats, including terrorism, must be a priority in Washington. Mark Takano recognizes that as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, new strategies will be needed to thwart those who would do us harm. " (votesmart.org)
  • "Securing our nation from foreign threats, including terrorism, must be a priority in Washington. Mark Takano recognizes that as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, new strategies will be needed to thwart those who would do us harm. " (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Social Security is a promise that we have made to our nation's seniors. Work hard, pay your share, and you will be taken care of in your retirement. Seniors have contributed to Social Security by paying payroll taxes during their working years and they have earned their benefits. As Congress considers proposals to reduce the deficit, I will oppose measures that undermine our social security system and cut benefits to seniors.We need to strengthen Social Security for future retirees, not use it to pay down our debt. " (votesmart.org)
  • "I’m proud to be endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and will never support any plan to dismantle those essential programs." (www.marktakano.com)
  • Mark Takano. Takano Builds on Fundraising Lead in CA 41 “ Outraises Tavaglione for Second Straight Fundraising Quarter. 31 January 2012. "Our district is clearly ready for change and our campaign to create jobs, stand up for middle class families, and protect Medicare and Social Security is gaining momentum." (www.marktakano.com)
  • "I’m proud to be endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and will never support any plan to dismantle those essential programs." (www.marktakano.com)
  • Mark Takano. Takano Builds on Fundraising Lead in CA 41 “ Outraises Tavaglione for Second Straight Fundraising Quarter. 31 January 2012. "Our district is clearly ready for change and our campaign to create jobs, stand up for middle class families, and protect Medicare and Social Security is gaining momentum." (www.marktakano.com)
  • "Social Security is a promise that we have made to our nation's seniors. Work hard, pay your share, and you will be taken care of in your retirement. Seniors have contributed to Social Security by paying payroll taxes during their working years and they have earned their benefits. As Congress considers proposals to reduce the deficit, I will oppose measures that undermine our social security system and cut benefits to seniors.We need to strengthen Social Security for future retirees, not use it to pay down our debt. " (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1994 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime?
XImpose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons.
XImpose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors.
XImpose "truth in sentencing" legislation for violent criminals so they serve a full sentence with no chance of parole.
XCreate "boot camps" for juvenile and adult first-time offenders.
XProsecute as adults youths who are third-time violent felons.
Impose the death penalty for certain federal crimes, including civil rights murders, rape and child molestation murders, death resulting from drive-by shootings or car-jacking, and murder of court officers or federal witnesses.
XImpose mandatory life sentences for third time violent felons.
XFund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills.
XIncrease the availability of college loans for youth in crime-ridden urban areas.
XFund programs which provide job training and employment opportunities for at-risk urban youth.
Other
2. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning illegal drugs?
XIncrease penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Support mandatory drug testing for federal employees.
Expand efforts to stop the illegal flow of drugs to the United States from other countries.
XExpand federal support for education and drug treatment programs.
XMaintain current federal laws.
Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs.
Other
3. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the American health care system?
Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to Canada's.
Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans."
XSupport a managed competition health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
XProvide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
XAllow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
XCreate a voucher system for the working poor so they can buy into a health care plan.
XPlace limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Allow Americans to set up a tax-free medical savings account, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
Deregulate the private health care industry.
Privatize Medicare and Medicaid.
Other
4. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's welfare system?
XStrengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay.
XImpose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
XRequire welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unable to find work in the private sector.
XRequire unwed teenage mothers to live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive benefits.
Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children.
XProvide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
XIncrease spending on programs that help homeless people find shelter and employment.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
Eliminate the current American welfare system.
Other
5. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of unemployment?
XInvest federal dollars in "investment tax credits" for companies who invest in worker training, purchase new equipment, and invest in research and development.
Increase funding for federal and state job-training programs.
XCreate "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses.
XCreate "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses.
Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector.
Allow the natural cycle of the market economy to create jobs without government intervention.
XSupport an overhaul of the current unemployment system by combining current job-training programs within a new comprehensive "re-employment" system.
Other
6. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning trade between America and foreign countries?
The United States should grant "most favored nation" trading status based on the human rights record of each individual nation.
XThe United States should raise tariffs on nations whose trade policies discourage the importation of American products.
XThe United States should eliminate tax breaks for companies who move American jobs to low-wage countries.
The United States should expand NAFTA into Latin America.
XThe United States should pursue policies that will help open markets on the Pacific Rim.
The United States should stay out of international trade.
Other
7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment?
Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup.
Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation.
Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers.
Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels.
XConsider further increasing fees charged to mining companies who mine on public lands.
XConsider further increasing fees charged to livestock owners who graze on federal lands.
Require the federal government to reimburse citizens who are required to limit the use of their privately owned lands due to environmental regulation.
XEncourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits.
Amend the Endangered Species Act to allow for increased logging.
XOther

Support Public/Private partnerships to develop a new generation of zero-polluting vehicles.

8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system?
Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it.
Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them.
Advocate school choice programs so that parents receive vouchers that can be used to send their children to participating schools.
Allow low and middle income families to deduct college costs from their taxable income.
XProvide communities with increased federal aid and low interest loans for public school improvements.
Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
XOther

Support Headstart, school-to-work legislation, and voluntary national standards.

9. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning abortion?
XAbortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Abortions should be legal only when the life of the mother is endangered.
Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy results from incest or rape, or when the life of the mother is endangered.
A woman under the age of 18 should be required to notify a parent or guardian before having an abortion.
A woman should be required to notify her spouse before having an abortion.
States should be allowed to impose mandatory waiting periods before abortions are performed.
Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services.
Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan.
Congress should leave legislation on this issue to the states.
Other
10. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning American military and foreign policy?
XCongress should support defense conversion by funding job-placement and job-training programs for displaced military personnel and defense technology workers.
XCongress should completely lift the ban on homosexuals in the military.
The United States should use military force only in cooperation with the United Nations unless threatened by a foreign power.
The United States should lift the trade embargo against Cuba.
Congress should increase foreign aid to the former republics of the Soviet Union to help in democratization and economic reform.
XCongress should impose strict sanctions against any nation selling technology or products that aid in the construction of nuclear weapons.
XCongress should impose strict sanctions against any new nation attempting to develop nuclear weapons.
XCongress should invest federal funds in the research and development of new defense technologies.
Other
No1. Should the federal government adopt a policy of limiting or banning Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to federal candidates?
Yes2. Do you support the principle of limiting the number of terms U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives can serve in Congress?
Undecided3. Do you support the principle of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution?
No4. Do you support the principle of a Line-Item Veto for the President?
Undecided5. If elected to Congress, will you support an increase in the minimum wage?
1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas.
Maintain StatusNational Defense
Greatly IncreaseLaw Enforcement
Maintain StatusInternational Drug Interdiction
Maintain StatusFederal Health Care Programs
Slightly IncreaseAIDS Research
Maintain StatusJob Re-training Programs
Slightly IncreaseInfrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.)
Maintain StatusPublic Education
Slightly DecreaseForeign Aid
Maintain StatusEnvironmental Clean Up and Enforcement
Other
Other
2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories.
Slightly DecreaseCapital Gains Taxes
Greatly IncreaseCigarette Taxes
Greatly IncreaseAlcohol Taxes
Maintain StatusTaxes on Social Security Benefits Received by Retirees Earning More than $40,000
Maintain StatusIncome Taxes on Families Earning Less than $140,000
Maintain StatusIncome Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More
Maintain StatusValue-Added Taxes on U.S. Businesses
Maintain StatusTaxes on Foreign Companies in the United States
Other
1. If you are elected to Congress, what will be your two main legislative priorities?

a) I will continue to fight for funding for more police, more prisons, and tougher sentences for repeat violent criminals; I will fight to establish boot camps for young offenders. b) To create jobs in Southern California through Job Creation, Tax Credit, Profit Sharing incentives, a targeted capital gains tax cut, and support of scientific research at the University of California.

2. If either of your two main legislative priorities require government spending, where will this money come from?

Most of my priorities can be pursued without raising new taxes; Most are revenue neutral.

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