Representative Anna G. Eshoo's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Anna G. Eshoo
Current Office: U.S. House - District 18, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 18
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Divorced; 2 Children: Karen, Paul
Birth Date: 12/13/1942
Birth Place: New Britain, CT
Home City: Atherton, 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

  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Anna Eshoo. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act. I support a woman's legal right to opt for, or against, an abortion. The decision is private. It's a matter of faith and it's a matter of conscience, and our Constitution recognizes this. The Protect Life Act is a shameful attempt to impose a radical political agenda on women. It strips away their individual liberties and puts their health at serious risk. This bill is wrong, this bill is dangerous, and this House should reject it." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Women's Issues. 23 January 2012. "Rep. Eshoo also voted against H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Rep. Eshoo supports a woman's legal right to opt for, or against, an abortion. The decision is private. It's a matter of faith and it's a matter of conscience, and our Constitution recognizes this. H.R. 3, for the first time in our country's history, uses the tax code to dictate based on which private health insurance policy individuals buy, whether they're rewarded or penalized based on politics and ideology." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Affordable Healthcare for America Act. 16 November 2009. "I come to the floor today [¦] to preserve the right of women nationwide to follow their conscience as well. I support a woman's right to be either for or against abortion. The decision is a private one and it is a matter of faith as well as a matter of conscience, and it is supported by our Constitution. [¦] Today women are entitled under the law to a safe abortion. It is estimated that in California before the Roe v. Wade decision, about 100,000 illegal abortions were performed each year. Abortion was the most common single cause of maternal deaths in California prior to 1973. We should not turn back the clock. As we work to provide universal health for all our citizens, women should be protected." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (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 Anna Eshoo a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anna Eshoo. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 11 March 2010. "I have serious reservations about the presence of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. I opposed the President's plan to send additional troops into that country, and I opposed funding for the surge." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Peace Action 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Statement On The New Policy For The War In Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "Afghanistan is the Graveyard of Nations. A thousand years of history instructs us what happens to those who attempt to occupy this land. I have not heard anything that explains how the U.S. will succeed in turning the weight of this history on its head. For these reasons and others, I do not support the surge in troops to Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Statement Against Afghanistan War Funding. 28 July 2010. "I have grave concerns about the legislation before the House to provide $37.1 billion for ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan [¦] [T]his spending comes without a viable exit strategy for the conflict in Afghanistan which is the longest war in our nation's history. Without an exit strategy, approving billions more of hard-earned taxpayer dollars for the war in Afghanistan is difficult enough to justify. But this cost pales in comparison to the loss of American lives. June was the deadliest month in the war thus far, when 102 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice. Most importantly, the President said our mission in Afghanistan must be definable and winnable. I believe it is neither, and I will vote against funding for it." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Statement Against Afghanistan War Funding. 1 July 2010. "President Obama told our troops that the mission must be definable and it must be winnable. I believe that it is neither. [¦] The President's strategy is not succeeding, and rather than ask Americans to put their lives on the line for another eighteen months for what has become an impossible task, I voted for the McGovern amendment to require a withdrawal plan by April 2011 to bring an end to this war." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a military action in Afghanistan for training Afghan Security forces and intelligence support only."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a military action in Afghanistan for training Afghan Security forces and intelligence support only."
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of Peace Action West 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anna Eshoo. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Politico Opinion: Rising above the debt ceiling debate. 20 July 2011. "The Defense Department spends $249 billion on programs that are wasteful and inefficient every year, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office." (www.politico.com)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "c) Defense"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Low Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense" Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. Other or expanded principles: "Creation of a Medicare prescription medicines benefit"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" 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"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Anna Eshoo. Americanism Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, The Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006. 28 March 2006. "Mr. Chairman, in four days we will mark the third anniversary of this tragic war, a war that I opposed from the beginning and which has already cost our country over $400 billion. Without a strategy for success or an end in sight, the Congressional Budget Office predicts the price tag for military costs alone will reach $600 billion by the end of this decade. The added costs of long-term healthcare for our veterans, reconstruction assistance, and economic aid will of course raise this figure exponentially, prompting some of our Nation's best economists to predict that the long-term costs of this war will rise as high as two trillion dollars. Meanwhile, the loss of our best and brightest young people can never be measured." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel DeBolt. Mountain View Voice: Eshoo focuses on woes of poor, middle class. 11 November 2011. "Eshoo agreed, saying there were plenty of areas where military spending was 'unnecessary' and pointed to her voting record. She noted that military spending has swelled from $356 billion a year to $856 billion in recent years." (www.mv-voice.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel DeBolt. Mountain View Voice: Eshoo focuses on woes of poor, middle class. 11 November 2011. "Unless the wealthy pay a higher proportion of taxes 'the middle class and the poor among us will have to carry that on our backs and I don't think that's fair,' Eshoo said. 'I don't think that is who and what we are. I think we are a better people than that.'" (www.mv-voice.com)
  • Anna Eshoo. The President's Tax Package. 29 December 2010. "No doubt you read and heard a great deal about the debate on the extension of the 2001-2003 Bush tax cuts measure. In its totality, it borrows just shy of one trillion dollars to pay for, amongst other items, expiring tax breaks for the top two percent of our country. I opposed these costly tax breaks when they were first proposed in 2001 and 2003. [¦] The promise was they would create jobs. They didn't. Now we're repeating history, charging all this to the national debt". (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Votes Against Tax Cuts for the Wealthy. 16 December 2010. "Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted today against the recently negotiated tax cut package by the President and Republicans. H.R. 4853, the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, would extend all of the Bush tax cuts for two years, including for the wealthiest Americans, and add nearly a trillion dollars to the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Politico Opinion: Rising above the debt ceiling debate. 20 July 2011. "End the Bush Tax Cuts: Borrowing trillions of dollars to pay for a tax cut for the top 2 percent of Americans has never made sense. They cost us mightily and have not fulfilled the original purpose of creating jobs." (www.politico.com)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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)"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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. k) Corporate income taxes"
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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: "The Congress should reinstate pay-as-you-go budgeting rules that require any new spending or tax cuts to be offset by spending cuts or tax increases."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Votes To Strengthen Small Businesses And Create Jobs. 29 October 2009. "Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted today to generate and save more than a million American jobs through H.R. 3854, the Small Business Financing and Investment Act. The bill, which passed the House 389-32 , enhances lending opportunities for small businesses, the source of 60-80% of new jobs every year, and will help open tight credit markets which have been particularly hostile to such businesses during the economic downturn. [¦] 'The 14th Congressional District is famous for its innovative small businesses. The products they create and manufacture have literally changed the world. The loans offered in this bill will help ensure that these businesses, and others like them, remain viable and that our District remains a well-spring of innovation. I'm proud to support H.R. 3854.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Economy- Job Creation. 23 January 2012. "Economic growth and job creation are Rep. Eshoo's number one goals. As a member of the Democratic Jobs Working Group, Rep. Eshoo works with Members of Congress, constituents, and businesses in the 14th Congressional District to enact effective legislation to meet these goals. Among these efforts, Rep. Eshoo supported, wrote sections of, and voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which economists agree played a large part in preventing a Depression. The Recovery Act helped initiate economic recovery, creating an estimated 2.5 million jobs as of March 2010, with another one million expected through the rest of 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 Anna Eshoo a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Eshoo Votes to Create Jobs and Jumpstart American Economy. 29 January 2009. "Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D - Palo Alto) voted today for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, legislation which will create and save 3 to 4 million jobs and jumpstart the American economy with a $550 billion investment in targeted priorities and $275 billion in economic recovery tax cuts. 'This bill is the first crucial step in a concerted effort to rebuild the American economy, making us more globally competitive and energy independent, and transforming our economy for long-term growth,' said Eshoo. The bill passed by the House today will create jobs and grow the economy by doubling renewable energy production, rebuilding crumbling roads, bridges, and schools, building 21st Century classrooms to help our children and workers succeed in a global economy, and investing in research and development." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. 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?"
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anna Eshoo. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Votes For The Small Business And Infrastructure Act. 30 March 2010. "Today Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted for H.R. 4849, the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Act, the latest in a series of measures designed to create jobs and strengthen the economy. The legislation extends bonds and emergency provisions from last year's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and provides tax cuts for small businesses and entrepreneurs. 'Last year, the Recovery Act created or saved 256,000 jobs in California,' Rep. Eshoo said. 'This bill will extend some of the most effective Recovery Act provisions so we can continue to spur economic growth and create new jobs this year.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Introduces Research and Development Tax Credit Expansion. 9 March 2011. "Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) announced the introduction of the bipartisan American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011 today. The bill expands and permanently extends the research and development (R&D) tax credit, a key economic tool of the last thirty years which directly rewards business investment in R&D. 'The R&D tax credit is a proven policy which encourages businesses to invest in new technologies that create jobs and shape tomorrow's economy.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor, and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "Today 88 members of the U.S. House of Representatives called for an extension of the successful 1603 Treasury Grant Program supporting renewable energy projects, urging in a letter to House leaders that such an extension will continue a proven track record of job creation and promote further growth in domestic clean energy industries. [¦] 'The 1603 Treasury Grant Program is a job creator and economic stimulator,' said Rep. Thompson. 'It has created tens of thousands of jobs across the clean energy sector and pumped nearly 23 billion private sector dollars into the economy. Nearly 12,000 projects in my state of California have benefited.' [¦] Last month over 750 small businesses, companies, and trade organizations wrote to Congress urging an extension of the highly successful 1603 program." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Job Creation. 25 January 2012. "The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act provides tax credits and exemptions to help Americans get back to work. These were included in the House-passed Jobs for Main Street Act. The bill includes a tax credit to businesses that hire new employees, an exemption from Social Security payroll taxes for employees hired in 2010 that have been unemployed for 60 days or longer, and invests in infrastructure by expanding the Highway Trust Fund and the Build America Bonds program." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "I assume that (d) and (e) are K-12"
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Education - No Child Left Behind (NCLB). 25 January 2012. "NCLB has drawn mixed reviews over its effectiveness and fairness since its enactment in 2002. Many of the provisions were rigid and unyielding and the legislation was not fully funded. We need an education law that treats schools and children fairly, that provides educators and administrators with the flexibility they need to meet high standards, and which delivers to schools the resources they need to improve and succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Education - K-12 Education. 25 January 2012. "A first rate education is an essential investment in our collective future. The success of young Americans is dependent on a national commitment to education. [¦] Rep. Eshoo consistently supports legislation to help close the achievement gap and improve the quality of all levels of education so all children are able to get the skills they need to succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Education - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 25 January 2012. "When Congress passed IDEA in 1975, the federal government required states to provide a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities and committed to pay 40 percent of the cost of educating students with disabilities. States and localities were to pay the rest. The federal government hasn't come close to fulfilling its obligation and is in fact only providing approximately half of the promised amount today [¦] To rectify this situation, Rep. Eshoo is an original cosponsor of H.R. 526, the Full Funding for IDEA Now Act. This legislation would amend IDEA to ensure that the federal government always meets its obligation to states, localities, students and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Education - Head Start. 25 January 2012. "A solid education begins with a strong foundation. In 1965, Head Start was created to lay that foundation for low-income children. Head Start provides health, education and nutritional information to prepare children for kindergarten. In May 2007, Rep. Eshoo voted for, and the House passed, H.R. 1429, the Improving Head Start Act, to reauthorize and improve Head Start through fiscal year 2012. The bill will expand access to Head Start and improve program quality so that more children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Education - Education for the 21st Century. 25 January 2012. "Rep. Eshoo has also been a leader in the development of the Innovation Agenda, a plan put forward by House Democrats to ensure America remains competitive in the global economy of the 21st Century. Among the goals of the agenda are to: Educate 100,000 new scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in the next four years by proposing a new initiative, working with states, businesses, and universities, to provide scholarships to qualified students who commit to working in the fields of innovation, [and to] place a highly qualified teacher in every math and science K-12 classroom by offering upfront tuition assistance to talented undergraduates and by paying competitive salaries to established teachers working in the fields of math and science; institute a "call to action" to professional engineers and scientists, including those who have retired, to join the ranks of our nation's teachers." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. 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"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 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. d) Education"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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)"

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  • Anna Eshoo. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Natural Resources. 25 January 2012. "'Preserve and protect' - we often use these words in reference to the U.S. Constitution. Today, they are our environmental credo with regard to our nation's natural resources' [¦] My Plan: [¦] Extend and make permanent the bar on offshore drilling in California; and protect the Arctic Refuge from oil drilling by making it a wilderness area." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am open to the idea of nuclear energy but still have concerns."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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)."
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Environment - Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling. 25 January 2012. "Rep. Eshoo opposes proposals to permit offshore drilling and has fought efforts to weaken the moratorium. To enhance the protections provided by the marine sanctuaries, Rep. Eshoo is an original cosponsor of H.R. 1187, the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Modification and Protection Act, which enlarges the boundaries of these sanctuaries and makes the current administrative bans on oil and gas development permanent." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling. 25 January 2012. "Rep. Eshoo has always believed it would be a grave mistake to scar one of the last pristine landscapes in the United States for a temporary and limited supply of oil. The U.S. Geological Service estimates the oil recovered from ANWR over twenty years would represent less than a year's U.S. supply and would take 10 years to begin to reach the market. At its peak, drilling would produce less than three percent of U.S. oil consumption and, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, would save less than 4 cents per gallon for 20 years. Rep. Eshoo is a cosponsor of H.R. 39, the Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act, which would make the ANWR a wilderness area, forever protecting it from development." (votesmart.org)
  • Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 25 January 2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling. 23 January 2012. "For over four decades Rep. Eshoo has opposed off-shore drilling, dating back to her service on the San Mateo Board of Supervisors when she was appointed to the Board of Control established after the Santa Barbara Oil Spill. She has a policy of not accepting contributions from oil and gas interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Environment - Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling. 23 January 2012. "Rep. Eshoo strongly opposes new proposals to permit offshore drilling anywhere off the California Coast and has fought efforts to weaken the moratorium for over three decades. [¦] Rep. Eshoo has always believed it would be a grave mistake to scar one of the last pristine landscapes in the United States for a temporary and limited supply of oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "I assume that (j) includes the 1997 EPA new regs."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am open to the idea of nuclear energy but still have concerns."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Reduce water contamination caused by MTBE"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Reduce water contamination caused by MTBE"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "The U.S. should take steps to become independent of Middle Eastern oil within a decade, substantially reducing the use of petroleum based fuels by rapidly expanding production and distribution of synthetic and bio-based fuels, such as ethanol derived from cellulosic sources, and by deploying new engine technologies for fuel-flexible, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and biodiesel vehicles."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am open to the idea of nuclear energy but still have concerns."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am open to the idea of nuclear energy but still have concerns."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "I assume that (j) includes the 1997 EPA new regs."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "The U.S. should take steps to become independent of Middle Eastern oil within a decade, substantially reducing the use of petroleum based fuels by rapidly expanding production and distribution of synthetic and bio-based fuels, such as ethanol derived from cellulosic sources, and by deploying new engine technologies for fuel-flexible, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and biodiesel vehicles."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "I assume that (j) includes the 1997 EPA new regs."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Reduce water contamination caused by MTBE."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "The U.S. should take steps to become independent of Middle Eastern oil within a decade, substantially reducing the use of petroleum based fuels by rapidly expanding production and distribution of synthetic and bio-based fuels, such as ethanol derived from cellulosic sources, and by deploying new engine technologies for fuel-flexible, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and biodiesel vehicles."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am open to the idea of nuclear energy but still have concerns."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Reduce water contamination caused by MTBE."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Reduce water contamination caused by MTBE"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Reduce water contamination caused by MTBE"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "I assume that (j) includes the 1997 EPA new regs."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Reduce water contamination caused by MTBE"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Eshoo Statement on Court Upholding EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions. 27 June 2008. "Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions because they are a danger to public health and welfare. The court also upheld the EPA's auto efficiency standards. 'The ruling is a victory for science and good news for the health of the American people,' Eshoo said." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Energy - Fuel Economy Standards. 23 January 2012. "Rep. Eshoo has consistently led the effort to raise the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for automakers and has supported the progress the Obama Administration has made to update standards annually." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Fights the Gutting of the Clean Air Act. 7 April 2011. "Today Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted against H.R. 910, a bill to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases. The bill repeals the scientific determination made by the EPA that greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Statement On The Environmental Protection Agency's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Findings. 17 April 2009. "Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement in response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Jackson's announcement that carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perflorocarbons and sulfurx hexafluoride are greenhouse gases that endanger the welfare and health of the public. [¦] 'This is another example of the new Administration taking the threat of climate change seriously and using scientific evidence to make informed decisions. [¦] I'm confident as a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that we will craft and pass comprehensive energy and climate change legislation this year and we will work with the EPA to ensure that the welfare of our citizens and the planet are protected from harmful greenhouse gases.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Statement on Fuel Economy Standards Agreement. 29 July 2011. "'The new fuel economy standards will save consumers' money and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. Our nation must be at the forefront of clean energy advances and today marks a giant step forward.' [¦] The standards announced today are expected to save the U.S. four billion barrels of oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 billion metric tons, and promote alternative fuel vehicles such as electric vehicles. As a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Eshoo has consistently fought for policies that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels." (votesmart.org)

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  • Anna Eshoo. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Anna Eshoo 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 Anna Eshoo in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Anna Eshoo a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Anna Eshoo in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Gun Violence. 1 March 2011. "Madam Speaker, we all honor our Constitution and the Second Amendment. I, however, see no connection between the primitive muskets our Founding Fathers contemplated and the sophisticated, deadly weapons that plague our streets today. The United States continues to have the most per-capita gun deaths of any developed nation. This is not a symbol of our freedom. It's a capacity to kill, and this must not eclipse our capacity to care." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Crime and Gun Control - School Violence. 25 January 2012. "The current patchwork of laws and regulations are riddled with loopholes that criminals exploit, allowing guns into the wrong hands and often into the possession of children. Rep. Eshoo has supported legislation that closes these loopholes and increases penalties for gun dealers who willfully sell guns to minors. She has also supported requiring guns to be manufactured with improved safety features, such as childproof trigger locks." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Justice and Civil Rights- Gun Control. 24 July 2012. "While Rep. Eshoo respects the rights of hunters and lawful gun enthusiasts, she believes responsible gun control is vital to curbing crime. She shares this view with the majority of law enforcement. [¦] Rep. Eshoo believes there is no sound public policy reason for repealing the assault weapons ban and was disappointed when President Bush allowed the ban to expire in September of 2004, despite a campaign promise that he would work toward its extension. She is currently a cosponsor of H.R. 1312, the Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act, which would reinstate the assault weapons ban." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Eshoo Statement on Supreme Court Upholding Health Care Law. 28 June 2012. "Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate under Congress's taxing power: 'Today is an historic victory for the American people. Decent, quality healthcare for all Americans has been a goal our country has had since President Truman. The Supreme Court has upheld the law and the nation has won. Our system works.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Fights Attacks on Healthcare. 14 April 2011. "Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted against three bills which assault women's health, prevention efforts, and patients' rights. The bills would eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act. 'Republicans are continuing their assault against healthcare for those who need it most. In the last week, Republicans have introduced and voted on legislation to privatize Medicare, defund Medicaid, repeal the Patient's Bill of Rights, and eliminate prevention measures and women's health services,' Rep. Eshoo said. 'None of these bills are related to job creation, funding the government, or reducing the deficit--they represent an ideological attack on affordable healthcare access, and women's health.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Rejects Bills That Limit Healthcare Options. 5 May 2011. "This week Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted against three bills which would dramatically reduce Americans' access to healthcare, raise costs, and deny millions of women the reproductive health services they need. [¦] H.R. 1214 would repeal funding for school-based health center construction. School-based health centers are one of the many investments in the Affordable Care Act to increase access to primary care healthcare services for children and adolescents. These centers are a cost-effective way to address children's medical needs and have a proven record of success." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Votes Against Healthcare Attacks. 5 April 2011. "Today Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted against five bills in the Energy and Commerce Committee that would defund critical components of the Affordable Care Act, including public health programs, medical education grants, health center construction, teen pregnancy prevention programs, state health grants, and services to high-risk, vulnerable, and culturally under-represented populations. 'Republicans are eliminating the very programs designed to address the weaknesses in our health system--sky-rocketing healthcare costs, too few primary care doctors, and a lack of affordable healthcare options,' Rep. Eshoo said. 'It's another ill-considered, indiscriminate volley against the healthcare reform law, and it's based on ideology instead of reality.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. 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?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Immigration laws are in need of reform. There should be a path to citizenship for those who haven't broken laws and have paid taxes."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Imigration laws are in need of reform. There should be a path established with a reward of future citizenship for those who haven't broken laws, have worked hard, paid taxes, etc"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Immigration - Legal Immigration. 23 January 2012. "Rep. Eshoo is a cosponsor of H.R. 1275, the DREAM Act, which provides a pathway to citizenship to those young students of 'good moral character' who were educated in the United States. The legislation also amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to allow states to provide in-state tuition to illegal immigrant students if they meet certain requirements." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Immigration - Keeping Families Together. 23 January 2012. "Too often families are torn apart by imprudent immigration law. Rep. Eshoo has consistently supported legislation to reunite and keep families together. In the 112th Congress, Rep. Eshoo is a cosponsor of H.R. 1796, the Reuniting Families Act, introduced by Representative Mike Honda, which seeks to repair many of the longstanding problems in our family-based immigration system. [¦] This bill takes important steps to fix the system by reducing the waiting times for legal immigrants, proposing solutions for reducing family immigration visa backlogs and promoting timely reunification of immigrant families." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 July 2012. "Today, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) announced she sent a letter along with other Members of Congress to President Obama urging him to fight against the HALT Act, legislation recently introduced that would prevent Obama from using his already-existing executive powers to suspend deportations of undocumented immigrants who would have benefited under DREAM Act, have family members who are U.S. Citizens or are serving in the military, or whose circumstances warrant leniency or special consideration. 'I am the proud daughter of immigrants, and it breaks my heart to hear of families pulled apart by our broken immigration system,' said Rep. Eshoo. 'Families shouldn't be treated like a political football. I support Presidential action to stop existing deportations of those who would have benefited from legislation like the DREAM Act. These are families, these are bright young students, and these are people whose loved ones serve in the military. They are not criminals.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. NPR - Immigration Activists Call on President Obama to Stop Deportations. 9 June 2011. "Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of Palo Alto and other Democrats say President Obama doesn't need legislation to stop deportations that involve families. Eshoo says the executive branch has that power now. 'The yardstick by which the president can measure these, he can set aside the deportations, he can define what hardship is,' says Eshoo. 'What is the point of ripping families apart? It's not what we do in this country.' Eshoo paid tribute to the Korean college student who'd lived here since he was 10 -- and the mom whose husband was sent back to Cameroon. Eshoo said these immigrants work hard, pay taxes, and love this country." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anna Eshoo. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Facebook: Wall. 10 May 2012. "I welcome the President's decision. I think it's a wise one, I think it's a fair one, and I think it will help move the country forward." (www.facebook.com)
  • Anna Eshoo. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "Today's decision by the Ninth Circuit is a victory for civil rights and a critical milestone in the long battle for marriage equality. This ruling"and our Constitution"affirm the equality of all Americans, and remind us of how sacred these rights are." (www.facebook.com)
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Civil Rights and Liberties - Same-Sex Marriage. 23 January 2012. "Rep. Eshoo believes that issues related to marriage should be handled by the individual states as they have been throughout our nation's history. In the 108th Congress she opposed H. J. Res. 106, the Marriage Protection Amendment, which would have amended the Constitution by taking this decision out of the hands of states and effectively banning same-sex marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Anna Eshoo voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Anna Eshoo voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Marriage Equality. 25 January 2012. "Rep. Eshoo believes that any adult couple should be allowed to marry regardless of their sexual orientation. [¦] Most recently, Rep. Eshoo cosponsored the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation that will completely repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law in 1996 and which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage. She voted agaisnt DOMA in 1996 and has continued to fight for its repeal since then." (eshoo.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anna Eshoo. Eshoo Votes Against Military Commissions Act. 27 September 2006. "'Our methods must reflect the ideals of our Constitution and the highest standards in protecting human rights and due process under the law. [¦] This legislation gives the Administration a blank check to define its own methods of interrogation and opens the doors for abuses,' Eshoo said. 'To ensure accountability, Congress must have the ability to review and set standards for interrogation practices around the world. Doing so ensures not only their legality, but ultimately their effectiveness. This bill takes that responsibility out of our hands.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Anna Eshoo. Rep. Eshoo Votes Against PATRIOT Act Extension. 9 February 2011. "Last night Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted against H.R. 514, which would extend three controversial provisions of the PATRIOT Act. [¦] "The PATRIOT Act granted the government dangerously broad powers in the name of security and at the expense of civil liberties," Rep. Eshoo said. [¦] 'The Library Provision permits the government to obtain anything tangible as long as it's sought under the guise of a terrorism investigation," Rep. Eshoo said. "It is repugnant to the principles of our nation that this intrusive policy remains on our books.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anna Eshoo signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors Pledge. 24 July 2012. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Anna Eshoo supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2000 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2004 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. 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."
  • Anna Eshoo. Issue Position: Social Security. 25 January 2012. "Reforms are necessary to guarantee Social Security's long-term solvency, but the basic tenets of the program must be protected to ensure a secure and independent retirement for millions of Americans. Rep. Eshoo is devoted to strengthening Social Security for generations to come and opposes privatization of the program." (votesmart.org)

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California Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) Spending

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.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Eliminate3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increase6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

2) 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.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

g) I support a moratorium on federal capital punishment pending a comprehensive review of the system, it's efficacy and it's fairness.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

I am open to the idea of nuclear energy but still have concerns.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Noe) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

I support a military action in Afghanistan for training Afghan Security forces and intelligence support only.

NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
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.

If re-elected, I will focus on:

* Passing legislation that encourages innovation in our country, including developing new technologies for clean energy, biotechnology, information technology, and telecommunications.

* I will continue to fight to protect the safety net in our society, as well as preserving, not privatizing Social Security and Medicare.

* I'll continue my work to improve Congress' ability to conduct meaningful oversight of the intelligence agencies and see to it that military intervention comes with clear, definable, and realistic objectives to prevent the loss of American lives and financial resources.