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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 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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 2016, 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

  • "Today, the Supreme Court affirmed every woman's right to make her own health care decisions and ensured that women in Texas and across the nation will have access to safe and affordable health services. This is unquestionably the most significant victory for women's health since Roe v. Wade." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099130/rep-mark-takano-statement-on-supreme-court-ruling-in-whole-womans-health-v-hellerstedt (votesmart.org)
  • "The contraceptive coverage requirement does not substantially burden any exercise of religion in which the Corporations might be found to engage because it does not compel the Corporations to administer or use the contraceptive methods to which they object, nor does it require them to adhere to, affirm, or abandon a particular belief." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/840376/hoyer-pelosi-slaughter-degette-along-with-87-members-of-congress-file-amicus-brief-in-supreme-court-contraceptive-coverage-requirement-challenge#.VbJjRXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/22337/mark-takano#.VbJjb3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The budget passed by House Republicans today once again shows their commitment to ending Medicare as we know it, gutting education programs, repealing Obamacare, and increasing taxes on middle class families in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961059/rep-mark-takano-statement-on-house-republican-budget#.VbJj0nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I don't believe that it's wise to provide tax credits for private jets and luxury yachts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/772954/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2014#.VbJlvXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must reform our priorities and do more, especially in California, to reduce our recidivism rate and support the successful reintegration of ex-offenders into society. The Federal government spends billions of dollars annually on funding our prisons and I believe there are a few simple reforms, like expanding the use of probation for low-level offenders and reexamining sentencing laws for drug offenders, that can reduce the cost of our prison systems, while maintaining public safety." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826834/issue-position-public-safety (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "If we wish to continue our recovery, and not harm the middle class, our budget should reflect their priorities by investing in small businesses, education, infrastructure, and job training, and strengthening our safety net." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961059/rep-mark-takano-statement-on-house-republican-budget#.VbJj0nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "For the past several years, Congress has unfortunately imposed many self-inflicted economic wounds, including implementing sequestration, failing to raise the debt limit, and shutting down the government. This deep dysfunction has slowed our recovery and cost us jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/835874/rep-mark-takano-statement-on-omnibus-appropriations-bill#.VbJlX3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The budget passed by House Republicans today once again shows their commitment to ending Medicare as we know it, gutting education programs, repealing Obamacare, and increasing taxes on middle class families in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961059/rep-mark-takano-statement-on-house-republican-budget#.VbJmvnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702491/issue-position-education-and-workforce-development#.VbJpdHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support repealing and replacing the flawed 'No Child Left Behind' law that prescribes 'one-size-fits-all' requirements on schools, teachers, and students." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1067516/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbJp73UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/786394/rep-takano-issues-statement-on-keystone-xl-vote/?search=xl#.VbJqJ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry – representing jobs in all fifty states – to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses." http://loebsack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/wind_ptc-itc_extension_letter_final_3.21.2014.pdf (loebsack.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826838/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.VbJqjHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826838/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.VbJqjHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702492/issue-position-clean-air#.VbJq63UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The executive actions announced today will make us safer. Expanding background checks, bolstering enforcement of existing gun laws, and improving mental health services are all important steps to protecting our communities. These policies recognize the rights of law-abiding gun owners, while making it more difficult for those who would commit a violent crime to purchase a firearm." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1041665/rep-mark-takano-expresses-support-for-president-obamas-executive-actions-on-gun-control (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.Va_llXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/22337/mark-takano/37#.VbJrPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, for the first time in decades, a single illness or accident will not plunge American families into financial ruin. The positive effects of ObamaCare are real, and Americans like Karrie Brooks are evidence of that." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/835456/benefits-of-obamacare#.VbJrlXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "By attempting to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, this budget will kick more than 16 million people off their health insurance and allow health insurance companies to once again write the rules. That cannot and will not happen." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961059/rep-mark-takano-statement-on-house-republican-budget#.VbJj0nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings." http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
  • "I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the Supreme Court's split decision on U.S. v Texas. Because of this deadlock, millions of families will continue to live with the constant fear and threat of being separated through deportation. President Obama's plan to expand DACA and create DAPA would bring millions of people out of the shadows, strengthening our communities, our economy, and our nation. I will not stop fighting to fix our broken immigration system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099117/rep-mark-takano-supreme-court-decision-in-us-v-texas-is-deeply-disappointing (votesmart.org)
  • "Senator Paul's comments likening President Obama's executive action that provides immigration relief to millions of people in this nation to the internment of Japanese Americans is insulting - not only to the millions who will benefit from President Obama's executive action, but to the thousands of Japanese who were interned during World War II, including my own mother and father." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939528/rep-mark-takano-statement-on-senator-rand-paul-comparing-immigration-relief-to-internment-of-japanese-americans#.VbJsanUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, the Supreme Court threw a giant wedding bouquet to gay couples everywhere by ruling that all Americans, no matter their sexual orientation, are able to receive the legal benefits that come with marriage. But more so than that, it tells LGBT Americans that they are the same as every other American and that the bliss that comes with marriage is theirs to have as well." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986484/rep-mark-takano-statement-supreme-court-obergefell-v-hodges-ruling#.VbJsyHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "It is an injustice that says LGBT Americans shouldn't receive the same rights as everyone else. It is an injustice that the law in many States still says it doesn't matter how committed LGBT relationships are or how much in love they are. It is an injustice in the law that says LGBT Americans cannot and should not be able to get married." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/982861/fast-track-and-marriage-equality (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/22337/mark-takano/76#.VbJtQXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "After receiving briefings from Administration officials and Congressional leadership, and speaking with numerous national security officials and experts, I decided to vote against the McKeon amendment that would train and equip elements of the Syrian opposition for the purpose of confronting and defeating ISIS. Congress should have a full and proper debate and then proceed to vote on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force -- one that applies to the current situation in the Middle East and is not more than a decade old." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922299/rep-takano-votes-no-on-amendment-to-train-and-equip-syrian-rebels/?search=Syria (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

  • Signed a letter stating "Given the state of popular opinion and the impending retirement savings crisis facing this nation, we respectfully urge you to include proposals to expand Social Security benefits for million of Americans to your policy brief at the upcoming Conference." http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/public/_cache/files/52b0f60f-d996-47d3-89a4-f186bc32545c/ssletter-edited-7-12-15.pdf (www.budget.senate.gov)
  • "Mark Takano will fight to protect Medicare and Social Security from Republican privatizations plans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738101/issue-position-medicare-and-social-security#.VbJuJHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/22337/mark-takano/53 (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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