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Sam Farr's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 20, Democratic
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Sam Farr has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Sam Farr is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act. This legislation intrudes on women's reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that women and their families have today." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Sam Farr voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Sam Farr voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr 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 Sam Farr in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Sam Farr voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Sam Farr voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (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 Sam Farr a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Sam Farr voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Sam Farr voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Pro- Choice
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Women. 1 January 2012. "By adhering to an oppressive "global gag rule" first instituted during the Reagan Administration, the Bush Administration continues not only to censor free speech and stifle open debate on international family planning, but also each individual woman's right to personal, private medical care. This global gag rule, sometimes referred to as the Mexico City Policy, prevents any US funding for reproductive health services from going towards family planning organizations that provide abortions - even if they do so using other, non-U.S. funds.. The global gag rule forces overseas health-care providers to agree not to use their own, non-U.S. funds to provide or counsel patients about abortion, or to take a public pro-choice position... I am proud to say that I am a cosponsor of this important legislation that would legally codify the reproductive rights recognized in Roe vs. Wade. The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the so-called "Partial Birth Abortion Ban" is a thinly-veiled effort to chip away at Roe vs. Wade. The law that will now go into effect does not include a health exception. This crucial decision abandons Supreme Court precedence that has maintained that any law restricting abortion must have an exception for the health of the woman. The decision means that it is now illegal for a doctor to decide that this procedure is in the best interest of his patient. This fundamentally alters the precedence that has been in place since Roe vs. Wade." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act. This legislation intrudes on women's reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that women and their families have today." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Sam Farr voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Sam Farr voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr 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 Sam Farr in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Sam Farr voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Sam Farr voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Sam Farr voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (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 Sam Farr a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Sam Farr voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Sam Farr voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Pro- Choice
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Women. 1 January 2012. "By adhering to an oppressive "global gag rule" first instituted during the Reagan Administration, the Bush Administration continues not only to censor free speech and stifle open debate on international family planning, but also each individual woman's right to personal, private medical care. This global gag rule, sometimes referred to as the Mexico City Policy, prevents any US funding for reproductive health services from going towards family planning organizations that provide abortions - even if they do so using other, non-U.S. funds.. The global gag rule forces overseas health-care providers to agree not to use their own, non-U.S. funds to provide or counsel patients about abortion, or to take a public pro-choice position... I am proud to say that I am a cosponsor of this important legislation that would legally codify the reproductive rights recognized in Roe vs. Wade. The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the so-called "Partial Birth Abortion Ban" is a thinly-veiled effort to chip away at Roe vs. Wade. The law that will now go into effect does not include a health exception. This crucial decision abandons Supreme Court precedence that has maintained that any law restricting abortion must have an exception for the health of the woman. The decision means that it is now illegal for a doctor to decide that this procedure is in the best interest of his patient. This fundamentally alters the precedence that has been in place since Roe vs. Wade." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Farr. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Sam Farr voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Congress Passes AMT Patch. 19 December 2007. "The AMT patch was absolutely necessary. We can't punish millions of middle-class families with an archaic rule that was meant to prevent the wealthiest Americans from sheltering their income from taxes...Ironically, the budget offset the Republicans refused to accept would have forced a handful of multi-millionaires sheltering money in offshore accounts to stop doing so. I'm happy that this patch was enacted, but hope that in the future my Republican colleagues won't hold these bills hostage in return for favors for the rich." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. d) Over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. 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?"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories. Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "Marriage Penalty "
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Doctor Payments - Sustained Growth Rates. 1 January 2012. "In the meantime, the Democrats (who are now in the minority) proposed a deal to waive the SGR for two years (until January 1, 2014) and provide doctors with a 1% update in 2012 and again 2013. This would be paid for (so it didn't increase the deficit) with a small tax increase on persons who earn $1 million or more....As much as I would like to give doctors certainty on their fee schedule, I felt it was important to vote for the 2 month bill and send it to the president, thus ensuring the SGR cut of 27.3% would be forestalled at least until February 29, 2012....Unfortunately, the Republicans had other ideas." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Congress Passes AMT Patch. 19 December 2007. "The AMT patch was absolutely necessary. We can't punish millions of middle-class families with an archaic rule that was meant to prevent the wealthiest Americans from sheltering their income from taxes...Ironically, the budget offset the Republicans refused to accept would have forced a handful of multi-millionaires sheltering money in offshore accounts to stop doing so. I'm happy that this patch was enacted, but hope that in the future my Republican colleagues won't hold these bills hostage in return for favors for the rich." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Sam Farr voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. d) Over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. 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?"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories. Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "Marriage Penalty "
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Doctor Payments - Sustained Growth Rates. 1 January 2012. "In the meantime, the Democrats (who are now in the minority) proposed a deal to waive the SGR for two years (until January 1, 2014) and provide doctors with a 1% update in 2012 and again 2013. This would be paid for (so it didn't increase the deficit) with a small tax increase on persons who earn $1 million or more....As much as I would like to give doctors certainty on their fee schedule, I felt it was important to vote for the 2 month bill and send it to the president, thus ensuring the SGR cut of 27.3% would be forestalled at least until February 29, 2012....Unfortunately, the Republicans had other ideas." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Sam Farr voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (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 Sam Farr a rating of 9 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Sam Farr voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?" Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Other or expanded principles: "Oceans/marine protection"
  • Sam Farr. House Advances Economic Stimulus Bill. 28 January 2009. "The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1), an emergency stimulus package totaling $825 billion in tax cuts and targeted spending. 'After all the debate is over, one truth will remain: our economy is in trouble and we need to act fast to fix it,' said Congressman Sam Farr, who voted in favor of the bill. 'This legislation is a big step toward accomplishing that. Consumers are afraid to spend, banks are afraid to loan and businesses are afraid to invest. If the government doesn't step into that void, our economy will shut down, unemployment will skyrocket and families will be hurt. We can't let that happen.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Op-Ed: Economic Stimulus, Don't Ask, Don't Tell. 2 March 2010. "[E]xperts agree that without the stimulus, we'd be in far worse shape than we are today. Unemployment around 10 percent is dangerously high, but economists suggest that that number could be more than double without the stimulus. In addition to billions of dollars devoted to construction projects, the stimulus also tossed a lifeline to millions of families. Whether through food assistance, health care subsidies or much-needed unemployment benefits, the stimulus kept many families from a far worse fate. [¦] The stimulus wasn't a cure-all, but it helped reverse many bad policies from the previous administration and it is helping to stabilize our economy. By any measure, I call that a success." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. The New Stimulus Bill, And Holding Bushies Accountable. 5 January 2009. "The New Stimulus Bill, And Holding Bushies Accountable - Good Times There's talk that the Democrats will put together a new stimulus bill quickly enough to get it on President-elect Barack Obama's desk right when he's sworn in. What do you think that bill should look like, in terms of what projects get money and how the spending is apportioned fairly to benefit all citizens? The first order of business in January will be an economic stimulus package to shore up our economy. I think the broader public is finally realizing just how much trouble we're facing and is realizing that federal intervention is our best bet for a quick recovery. Congress has already staved off a collapse of Wall Street with the financial industry rescue package and kept 4.5 million Americans employed after convincing the president to offer loans to the auto industry. But we're still seeing tens of thousands of Americans losing their jobs each month. The bottom line is that we're facing a perfect storm that threatens to devastate our economy. Consumers, fearful of losing their jobs and mindful of the housing market collapse, are spending a lot less money. At the same time, businesses are increasingly wary of the financial turbulence and are stockpiling cash and laying off workers. The two big spenders in our economy have effectively closed their wallets. If the government doesn't step in to fill this void, the recession we're in will be deeper and longer and many more people will lose their jobs. President-elect Obama's advisers warn that without action, the national unemployment rate could easily climb over 9 percent and we could lose 3 to 4 million jobs. California already faces an unemployment rate well over 8 percent. So that brings us to the stimulus plan that is currently being discussed. I expect to see the final version address most, if not all, of the following areas: national infrastructure, health care, energy projects, federal training programs and state government solvency. We've heard a lot on the first piece, national infrastructure and the so-called "shovel-ready" projects. This is smart for two reasons. First, there are plenty of vital infrastructure projects that have been neglected for years but are ready to go today. That means there are jobs that could be created immediately. Second, as we saw with the 2007 interstate bridge collapse in Minnesota, we really need to turn our attention to our crumbling roads, bridges and other construction projects, including schools and housing programs. Health care reform and renewable energy initiatives are two areas we heard a lot about during the election, and I expect the stimulus will direct funding toward both. There are a wide range of health care programs that face budget crises, and we must make sure as many Americans are insured as possible. Obama has promised to overhaul our health care system, and this stimulus will be the first salvo toward that end." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. The Stimulus Bill And Protecting The Ocean. 9 February 2009. "The House has passed the sweeping stimulus bill with your support. In your mind, were there any missed opportunities or flaws in the bill when it left the House for Senate deliberation? Do you foresee a need for further specific economic stimulus in another bill later this session? As I write this column, the Senate is still debating the economic recovery legislation. After the senators pass their bill, I expect you'll see what's called a "conference committee" that will merge the House and Senate versions. Both chambers then vote on the final bill, which will be sent to the president's desk for signature. I lay out that process because by the time you pick up this paper, we may already have a final bill-and it may look a lot different than it does today. I knew when I voted on the House bill it wasn't in final form. The Senate has different ideas and we knew there would be negotiations. That's how effective bills are created. What I can say is that the government is stepping up to the plate during a time of crisis. No one said crafting an economic recovery policy would be easy. There are a whole lot of moving parts, a host of players and a variety of goals, many of which overlap. Unfortunately our crystal ball is no better than any other. Look at the heart of our current financial crisis and you'll see three things: consumers afraid to open their wallets, banks nervous about lending money and businesses scared to invest. As the private sector loses steam, the government must step in to fill the gap or the cycle will worsen. First and foremost, the economic growth plan will put America back to work. Millions of jobs have been lost and the news isn't getting any better. Unemployment in California is nearing 10 percent; unless we reverse this collapse, jobs will continue to disappear. The House and Senate agree that this bill must create and save as many jobs as possible. A second goal of the growth plan, closely linked to job creation, is infrastructure improvement. Many critics of early plans want to see even more funds for infrastructure projects, and I think that's a good thing. Building and renovating schools, repairing roads and bridges, shoring up levees, modernizing and greening our electric grid are just a few initiatives that not only create jobs but also leave behind tangible improvements for future economic growth. Another function of the stimulus is to bolster the safety net for millions of Americans who have already lost their jobs. Some provisions have come under fire, but I feel these funds are not only necessary to help struggling families, they also serve to stimulate the economy. With millions struggling to buy food, food stamps will not only feed families but also inject dollars into the economy. The same goes for health insurance. Funds to expand Medicare pump more money into the economy while at the same time keeping families insured. Congress must shake things loose. Economists agree this will only happen through a broad economic stimulus package. These funds aren't for banks or car companies, they're being invested to put Americans to work, to improve our infrastructure and throw a lifeline to out-of-work Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Sam Farr voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 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 Sam Farr a rating of 9 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Sam Farr voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?" Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Other or expanded principles: "Oceans/marine protection"
  • Sam Farr. House Advances Economic Stimulus Bill. 28 January 2009. "The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1), an emergency stimulus package totaling $825 billion in tax cuts and targeted spending. 'After all the debate is over, one truth will remain: our economy is in trouble and we need to act fast to fix it,' said Congressman Sam Farr, who voted in favor of the bill. 'This legislation is a big step toward accomplishing that. Consumers are afraid to spend, banks are afraid to loan and businesses are afraid to invest. If the government doesn't step into that void, our economy will shut down, unemployment will skyrocket and families will be hurt. We can't let that happen.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Op-Ed: Economic Stimulus, Don't Ask, Don't Tell. 2 March 2010. "[E]xperts agree that without the stimulus, we'd be in far worse shape than we are today. Unemployment around 10 percent is dangerously high, but economists suggest that that number could be more than double without the stimulus. In addition to billions of dollars devoted to construction projects, the stimulus also tossed a lifeline to millions of families. Whether through food assistance, health care subsidies or much-needed unemployment benefits, the stimulus kept many families from a far worse fate. [¦] The stimulus wasn't a cure-all, but it helped reverse many bad policies from the previous administration and it is helping to stabilize our economy. By any measure, I call that a success." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. The New Stimulus Bill, And Holding Bushies Accountable. 5 January 2009. "The New Stimulus Bill, And Holding Bushies Accountable - Good Times There's talk that the Democrats will put together a new stimulus bill quickly enough to get it on President-elect Barack Obama's desk right when he's sworn in. What do you think that bill should look like, in terms of what projects get money and how the spending is apportioned fairly to benefit all citizens? The first order of business in January will be an economic stimulus package to shore up our economy. I think the broader public is finally realizing just how much trouble we're facing and is realizing that federal intervention is our best bet for a quick recovery. Congress has already staved off a collapse of Wall Street with the financial industry rescue package and kept 4.5 million Americans employed after convincing the president to offer loans to the auto industry. But we're still seeing tens of thousands of Americans losing their jobs each month. The bottom line is that we're facing a perfect storm that threatens to devastate our economy. Consumers, fearful of losing their jobs and mindful of the housing market collapse, are spending a lot less money. At the same time, businesses are increasingly wary of the financial turbulence and are stockpiling cash and laying off workers. The two big spenders in our economy have effectively closed their wallets. If the government doesn't step in to fill this void, the recession we're in will be deeper and longer and many more people will lose their jobs. President-elect Obama's advisers warn that without action, the national unemployment rate could easily climb over 9 percent and we could lose 3 to 4 million jobs. California already faces an unemployment rate well over 8 percent. So that brings us to the stimulus plan that is currently being discussed. I expect to see the final version address most, if not all, of the following areas: national infrastructure, health care, energy projects, federal training programs and state government solvency. We've heard a lot on the first piece, national infrastructure and the so-called "shovel-ready" projects. This is smart for two reasons. First, there are plenty of vital infrastructure projects that have been neglected for years but are ready to go today. That means there are jobs that could be created immediately. Second, as we saw with the 2007 interstate bridge collapse in Minnesota, we really need to turn our attention to our crumbling roads, bridges and other construction projects, including schools and housing programs. Health care reform and renewable energy initiatives are two areas we heard a lot about during the election, and I expect the stimulus will direct funding toward both. There are a wide range of health care programs that face budget crises, and we must make sure as many Americans are insured as possible. Obama has promised to overhaul our health care system, and this stimulus will be the first salvo toward that end." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. The Stimulus Bill And Protecting The Ocean. 9 February 2009. "The House has passed the sweeping stimulus bill with your support. In your mind, were there any missed opportunities or flaws in the bill when it left the House for Senate deliberation? Do you foresee a need for further specific economic stimulus in another bill later this session? As I write this column, the Senate is still debating the economic recovery legislation. After the senators pass their bill, I expect you'll see what's called a "conference committee" that will merge the House and Senate versions. Both chambers then vote on the final bill, which will be sent to the president's desk for signature. I lay out that process because by the time you pick up this paper, we may already have a final bill-and it may look a lot different than it does today. I knew when I voted on the House bill it wasn't in final form. The Senate has different ideas and we knew there would be negotiations. That's how effective bills are created. What I can say is that the government is stepping up to the plate during a time of crisis. No one said crafting an economic recovery policy would be easy. There are a whole lot of moving parts, a host of players and a variety of goals, many of which overlap. Unfortunately our crystal ball is no better than any other. Look at the heart of our current financial crisis and you'll see three things: consumers afraid to open their wallets, banks nervous about lending money and businesses scared to invest. As the private sector loses steam, the government must step in to fill the gap or the cycle will worsen. First and foremost, the economic growth plan will put America back to work. Millions of jobs have been lost and the news isn't getting any better. Unemployment in California is nearing 10 percent; unless we reverse this collapse, jobs will continue to disappear. The House and Senate agree that this bill must create and save as many jobs as possible. A second goal of the growth plan, closely linked to job creation, is infrastructure improvement. Many critics of early plans want to see even more funds for infrastructure projects, and I think that's a good thing. Building and renovating schools, repairing roads and bridges, shoring up levees, modernizing and greening our electric grid are just a few initiatives that not only create jobs but also leave behind tangible improvements for future economic growth. Another function of the stimulus is to bolster the safety net for millions of Americans who have already lost their jobs. Some provisions have come under fire, but I feel these funds are not only necessary to help struggling families, they also serve to stimulate the economy. With millions struggling to buy food, food stamps will not only feed families but also inject dollars into the economy. The same goes for health insurance. Funds to expand Medicare pump more money into the economy while at the same time keeping families insured. Congress must shake things loose. Economists agree this will only happen through a broad economic stimulus package. These funds aren't for banks or car companies, they're being invested to put Americans to work, to improve our infrastructure and throw a lifeline to out-of-work Americans." (votesmart.org)
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  • Sam Farr. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Sam Farr. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Sam Farr voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Corporate Welfare "
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Sam Farr. 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)"
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "oceans/marine protection"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Ag research -- Slightly Increase"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education" 2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? Other or expanded principles: "support maintaining the federal floor but allowing more state flexibility. "
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Defense "
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Education. 2 July 2012. "The backbone of American society is our world-class education system. But we've seen some worrisome cracks in recent years, damage that will take a combined effort to repair. We must strengthen our public education system, returning it to the strengths that made our nation so successful. We must ensure the equality of opportunity that we've come to expect; only then will our students succeed. Congress in 2001 passed the No Child Left Behind Act, known as NCLB, which was intended to hold schools accountable for student performance and provide schools the resources they need. But as we've seen, there are some serious problems with NCLB that must be addressed. NCLB in the past has lacked proper funding to achieve its goals while at the same time directing too much attention to standardized testing at the expense of a proper education. Congress continues to work on reforming this initiative." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Sam Farr. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Sam Farr voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Corporate Welfare "
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Sam Farr. 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)"
  • Sam Farr. 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" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "oceans/marine protection"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Ag research -- Slightly Increase"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education" 2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? Other or expanded principles: "support maintaining the federal floor but allowing more state flexibility. "
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Defense "
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Education. 2 July 2012. "The backbone of American society is our world-class education system. But we've seen some worrisome cracks in recent years, damage that will take a combined effort to repair. We must strengthen our public education system, returning it to the strengths that made our nation so successful. We must ensure the equality of opportunity that we've come to expect; only then will our students succeed. Congress in 2001 passed the No Child Left Behind Act, known as NCLB, which was intended to hold schools accountable for student performance and provide schools the resources they need. But as we've seen, there are some serious problems with NCLB that must be addressed. NCLB in the past has lacked proper funding to achieve its goals while at the same time directing too much attention to standardized testing at the expense of a proper education. Congress continues to work on reforming this initiative." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Sam Farr. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution." Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "promote sustainable development. "
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks." Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "promote sustainable development. "
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce John D. Dingell. 15 June 2007. "Eleven states, including Vermont, have adopted California's Low Emission Vehicle Standards, including mandated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, which limit the amount of carbon dioxide and other gasses that can be emitted from vehicle tailpipes. Currently, California is applying for a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt stricter emissions standards as permitted under the Clean Air Act. If California adopts improved standards, other states are permitted to follow California's lead. The proposal in the Energy and Commerce Committee would preempt state laws for regulating emissions." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Congress Looks Toward Ocean Governance Reform In 2009. 1 January 2009. "Scientists are discovering new species at an amazing rate, and there is still much of the ocean left unexplored. This makes it even more important that we understand how changes in ocean temperature and acidity brought about by greenhouse gases will affect the ocean and its life. Oceans-21 is the result of years of bipartisan work among hundreds of lawmakers, scientists and other ocean experts. It puts into action the recommendations of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a bipartisan effort between the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission. The goal of the Joint Commission is a noble one: "to accelerate the pace of change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform." And that reform is long overdue." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 23 June 2011. "I am extremely disappointed that my Republican colleagues continue to dismiss renewable sources of energy as part of the solution. The renewable energy sector has the potential to support hundred of thousands of jobs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The number of jobs in the solar industry, for example, doubled from 2009 to 2010. However, in the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Subcommittee Appropriations bill, Republicans have proposed draconian cuts to programs that focus on energy efficiency research and renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. "Therefore, we urge you to convene an Emergency Energy Summit with Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, leaders in the oil industry and consumer advocates to implement solutions which will immediately lower the price of gas at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and prohibit price gouging. [¦] Reduce our dependence on fossil fuel through investments in renewable energy and energy conservation. [¦] [W]e could save consumers about $80 billion per year at the pump, 3 billion gallons of oil a year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1.5 trillion pounds a year." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Sam Farr voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Sam Farr in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution." Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "promote sustainable development. "
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks." Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "promote sustainable development. "
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Congress Looks Toward Ocean Governance Reform In 2009. 1 January 2009. "Scientists are discovering new species at an amazing rate, and there is still much of the ocean left unexplored. This makes it even more important that we understand how changes in ocean temperature and acidity brought about by greenhouse gases will affect the ocean and its life. Oceans-21 is the result of years of bipartisan work among hundreds of lawmakers, scientists and other ocean experts. It puts into action the recommendations of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a bipartisan effort between the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission. The goal of the Joint Commission is a noble one: "to accelerate the pace of change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform." And that reform is long overdue." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 23 June 2011. "I am extremely disappointed that my Republican colleagues continue to dismiss renewable sources of energy as part of the solution. The renewable energy sector has the potential to support hundred of thousands of jobs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The number of jobs in the solar industry, for example, doubled from 2009 to 2010. However, in the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Subcommittee Appropriations bill, Republicans have proposed draconian cuts to programs that focus on energy efficiency research and renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. "Therefore, we urge you to convene an Emergency Energy Summit with Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, leaders in the oil industry and consumer advocates to implement solutions which will immediately lower the price of gas at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and prohibit price gouging. [¦] Reduce our dependence on fossil fuel through investments in renewable energy and energy conservation. [¦] [W]e could save consumers about $80 billion per year at the pump, 3 billion gallons of oil a year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1.5 trillion pounds a year." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce John D. Dingell. 15 June 2007. "Eleven states, including Vermont, have adopted California's Low Emission Vehicle Standards, including mandated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, which limit the amount of carbon dioxide and other gasses that can be emitted from vehicle tailpipes. Currently, California is applying for a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt stricter emissions standards as permitted under the Clean Air Act. If California adopts improved standards, other states are permitted to follow California's lead. The proposal in the Energy and Commerce Committee would preempt state laws for regulating emissions." (www.votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Sam Farr a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Sam Farr voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Sam Farr voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Sam Farr voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Sam Farr voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Sam Farr voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Sam Farr in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Sam Farr voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Sam Farr voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Sam Farr in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 20 October 2005. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. "I would first like to say that I support the rights of gun owners and hunters, but this bill makes it clear this is not about the second amendment. This bill is about a direct assault on our civil justice system that endorses unscrupulous corporate behavior. Once again, with this bill, democracy has been thwarted by bringing this bill to the floor. Very reasonable amendments were offered, but the majority adopted a restrictive rule that prevented them from being heard on the floor today. One of those amendments would have expanded the ban on armor-piercing bullets also. For God's sake, who in this country needs to own armor-piercing bullets? We are not legislating via the intended democratic process. The people of this country want and deserve an open and participatory government, not law by fiat. I urge a strong ``no'' vote on this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Sam Farr a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Sam Farr voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Sam Farr voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Sam Farr voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Sam Farr voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Sam Farr voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Sam Farr voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Sam Farr in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Sam Farr voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Sam Farr voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Sam Farr in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 20 October 2005. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. "I would first like to say that I support the rights of gun owners and hunters, but this bill makes it clear this is not about the second amendment. This bill is about a direct assault on our civil justice system that endorses unscrupulous corporate behavior. Once again, with this bill, democracy has been thwarted by bringing this bill to the floor. Very reasonable amendments were offered, but the majority adopted a restrictive rule that prevented them from being heard on the floor today. One of those amendments would have expanded the ban on armor-piercing bullets also. For God's sake, who in this country needs to own armor-piercing bullets? We are not legislating via the intended democratic process. The people of this country want and deserve an open and participatory government, not law by fiat. I urge a strong ``no'' vote on this bill." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Op-Ed - Afghanistan, HealthCare.gov. 13 July 2010. "The Affordable Care Act has started to bridge the Medicare coverage gap with payments to seniors. And small businesses are now eligible for tax credits to help them afford coverage for employees. And starting in August, eligible residents of California will be able to apply for coverage through the state's Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. The plan will include a range of health benefits, even if they're used to treat a pre-existing condition." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Sam Farr voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America. Other or expanded principles: "(In regard to future options for Medicare), additional support for medicare can be found by extending the FICA tax portion that underwrites medicare to all salaried income."
  • American Public Health Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 8 February 2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Rep. Farr Strongly Opposes Republican Repeal of Health Care Reform. 21 January 2011. "Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) today announced his strong opposition to the Republican bill to repeal patients' rights, put insurance companies back in charge and add $230 billion to the national deficit. The Republican repeal bill will be debated in the House this week. [¦] The Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have significant consequences on the Central Coast by allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to 107,000 to 284,000 individuals--including up to 40,000 children with pre-existing conditions. For seniors on the Central Coast, the Republic repeal bill would increase prescription drug costs for 6,400 seniors who meet the Part D drug "donut hole" and deny new preventive care benefits to 78,000 seniors, as well as increase the costs of early retiree coverage for up to 7,700 early retirees. The Republican repeal of health care reform would also heavily impact local businesses by eliminating health care tax credits for up to 13,500 small businesses. The repeal would force these small businesses to drop coverage or bear the full costs of coverage." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Health Care. 2 July 2012. "There are few issues that have been more in the forefront of the national consciousness than health care. The price of care and coverage has been increasing, placing both personal and federal finances in peril. That's why Congress passed a health insurance reform bill in 2010 that combats rising costs and premiums and provides affordable care to all Americans. To learn more about the issues of national health care reform and the new law, I encourage you to visit HealthCare.gov." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Health Care. 2 July 2012. "There are few issues that affect each and every one of us so intimately as health care. The price of care and coverage has been increasing, placing both personal and federal finances in peril. As most people know, Congress passed a health insurance reform bill in 2010 that combats rising costs and premiums and provides access to affordable care. When this new law is fully implemented (it is being phased-in; some portions won't come on line until 2018) everyone in America should have health insurance. In addition, the reforms to public health and health insurance regulation will control the cost of health care to most people and reduce government spending by $1.2 Trillion by 2020." (votesmart.org)
  • "The best place to learn all about this new health care law and how it affects you is to go to www.healthcare.gov. This is the government website that not only lays out the law, but will help you find insurance plans in your area that fit your needs. Check it out! the information you'll find on this website are those portions of the law that have already taken effect. For example, did you know you that now even if you have a pre-existing condition that would otherwise disqualify you for insurance coverage, that there is a plan that will? www.healthcare.gov will help you find options. Or, did you know that children up to their 26th birthday can be kept on their parents' insurance policies? Or, did you know that health insurance companies can no longer rescind your coverage? All these are part of the new law -- and already in effect. www.healthcare.gov will explain more about the many provisions of the law that are already on the books and working for you." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Op-Ed - Afghanistan, HealthCare.gov. 13 July 2010. "The Affordable Care Act has started to bridge the Medicare coverage gap with payments to seniors. And small businesses are now eligible for tax credits to help them afford coverage for employees. And starting in August, eligible residents of California will be able to apply for coverage through the state's Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. The plan will include a range of health benefits, even if they're used to treat a pre-existing condition." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Sam Farr voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America. Other or expanded principles: "(In regard to future options for Medicare), additional support for medicare can be found by extending the FICA tax portion that underwrites medicare to all salaried income."
  • American Public Health Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 8 February 2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Rep. Farr Strongly Opposes Republican Repeal of Health Care Reform. 21 January 2011. "Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) today announced his strong opposition to the Republican bill to repeal patients' rights, put insurance companies back in charge and add $230 billion to the national deficit. The Republican repeal bill will be debated in the House this week. [¦] The Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have significant consequences on the Central Coast by allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to 107,000 to 284,000 individuals--including up to 40,000 children with pre-existing conditions. For seniors on the Central Coast, the Republic repeal bill would increase prescription drug costs for 6,400 seniors who meet the Part D drug "donut hole" and deny new preventive care benefits to 78,000 seniors, as well as increase the costs of early retiree coverage for up to 7,700 early retirees. The Republican repeal of health care reform would also heavily impact local businesses by eliminating health care tax credits for up to 13,500 small businesses. The repeal would force these small businesses to drop coverage or bear the full costs of coverage." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Health Care. 2 July 2012. "There are few issues that have been more in the forefront of the national consciousness than health care. The price of care and coverage has been increasing, placing both personal and federal finances in peril. That's why Congress passed a health insurance reform bill in 2010 that combats rising costs and premiums and provides affordable care to all Americans. To learn more about the issues of national health care reform and the new law, I encourage you to visit HealthCare.gov." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Health Care. 2 July 2012. "There are few issues that affect each and every one of us so intimately as health care. The price of care and coverage has been increasing, placing both personal and federal finances in peril. As most people know, Congress passed a health insurance reform bill in 2010 that combats rising costs and premiums and provides access to affordable care. When this new law is fully implemented (it is being phased-in; some portions won't come on line until 2018) everyone in America should have health insurance. In addition, the reforms to public health and health insurance regulation will control the cost of health care to most people and reduce government spending by $1.2 Trillion by 2020." (votesmart.org)
  • "The best place to learn all about this new health care law and how it affects you is to go to www.healthcare.gov. This is the government website that not only lays out the law, but will help you find insurance plans in your area that fit your needs. Check it out! the information you'll find on this website are those portions of the law that have already taken effect. For example, did you know you that now even if you have a pre-existing condition that would otherwise disqualify you for insurance coverage, that there is a plan that will? www.healthcare.gov will help you find options. Or, did you know that children up to their 26th birthday can be kept on their parents' insurance policies? Or, did you know that health insurance companies can no longer rescind your coverage? All these are part of the new law -- and already in effect. www.healthcare.gov will explain more about the many provisions of the law that are already on the books and working for you." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Sam Farr. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Sam Farr voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Sam Farr voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Immigration. 6 February 2012. "As more and more immigration bills are introduced, please know that I will support legislation that promotes family reunification, asylum and refugee admissions, and employment-based immigration and strikes a balance between American jobs, border safety and national security interests. Anyone who enters the US without permission is in violation of U.S. immigration laws and will be penalized. However, long-term residents, many of whom work hard toiling in our fields, pay their fair share of taxes, and who have U.S. citizen children, have earned access leading to regularization of status." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 29 June 2011. "I am encouraged that our colleagues in the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration have taken up the DREAM Act. It is time we do the right thing for the millions of youth that have worked hard to enrich their lives, and in turn enrich our country. We can choose to move forward, or we can move backward to the same broken policies that continue to fail our economy and security. I hope that this hearing will help build momentum, and finally deliver this much overdue bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Farr Responds to Bush Immigration Proposal. 8 January 2004. "The President's current proposal suggests rather superficial changes that I fear will not resolve the issues confronting the immigrant workforce, and only encourage their further exploitation. We need a program that allows earned access to legalization with full protection of the law. The 'legal status' Bush is offering immigrant workers is just extended guest worker status and will not help these workers when they are confronted with unfair wages or dangerous working conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Immigration. 6 February 2012. "I believe we have a right to decide who lives in our country and who doesn't, and that we must make sure that our borders are secure. However, I believe our long-term illegal aliens must pass background checks, be English speakers and law-abiding taxpayers, to earn the chance to become American citizens. Additionally, I support legislation promoting family reunification; asylum and refugee admissions; educational opportunities from Pre-K through college (like Head Start and the DREAM Act); and employment-based immigration (like Ag-JOBS). I also support programs like the Silver Star Gang Prevention and Intervention Programs and the Merida Project that help immigrants and their families improve their lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Immigration. 6 February 2012. "I strongly believe that our immigration system is broken and that only a comprehensive approach to reform will provide us with a long-term solution. I support legislation that promotes family reunification; asylum and refugee admissions; fully funded education opportunities from Pre-K through college (like Head Start and the DREAM Act); and employment-based immigration (like Ag-JOBS)." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Sam Farr voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Sam Farr voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Sam Farr. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 29 June 2011. "I am encouraged that our colleagues in the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration have taken up the DREAM Act. It is time we do the right thing for the millions of youth that have worked hard to enrich their lives, and in turn enrich our country. We can choose to move forward, or we can move backward to the same broken policies that continue to fail our economy and security. I hope that this hearing will help build momentum, and finally deliver this much overdue bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Immigration. 6 February 2012. "As more and more immigration bills are introduced, please know that I will support legislation that promotes family reunification, asylum and refugee admissions, and employment-based immigration and strikes a balance between American jobs, border safety and national security interests. Anyone who enters the US without permission is in violation of U.S. immigration laws and will be penalized. However, long-term residents, many of whom work hard toiling in our fields, pay their fair share of taxes, and who have U.S. citizen children, have earned access leading to regularization of status." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Farr Responds to Bush Immigration Proposal. 8 January 2004. "The President's current proposal suggests rather superficial changes that I fear will not resolve the issues confronting the immigrant workforce, and only encourage their further exploitation. We need a program that allows earned access to legalization with full protection of the law. The 'legal status' Bush is offering immigrant workers is just extended guest worker status and will not help these workers when they are confronted with unfair wages or dangerous working conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Immigration. 6 February 2012. "I believe we have a right to decide who lives in our country and who doesn't, and that we must make sure that our borders are secure. However, I believe our long-term illegal aliens must pass background checks, be English speakers and law-abiding taxpayers, to earn the chance to become American citizens. Additionally, I support legislation promoting family reunification; asylum and refugee admissions; educational opportunities from Pre-K through college (like Head Start and the DREAM Act); and employment-based immigration (like Ag-JOBS). I also support programs like the Silver Star Gang Prevention and Intervention Programs and the Merida Project that help immigrants and their families improve their lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. Issue Position: Immigration. 6 February 2012. "I strongly believe that our immigration system is broken and that only a comprehensive approach to reform will provide us with a long-term solution. I support legislation that promotes family reunification; asylum and refugee admissions; fully funded education opportunities from Pre-K through college (like Head Start and the DREAM Act); and employment-based immigration (like Ag-JOBS)." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Sam Farr. National Day of Silence. 15 April 2011. "Today is the 14th year we have commemorated the National Day of Silence, a time when students across the country remain silent for the whole day to draw attention to discrimination toward their LGBT peers. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning youth and their allies face verbal and physical bullying on a daily basis just for being who they are, for expressing their sexuality, or for demonstrating a non-normative gender identity. I am proud that my constituents are calling for a stop to this harassment, and I encourage all Americans to join them. [¦] Though many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocates and straight allies are silent today, we in Congress must never be silent." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Sam Farr voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Sam Farr voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Sam Farr voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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?"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Sam Farr. 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)
  • Sam Farr. Congressman Farr Receives 100% Grade from Human Rights Campaign. 22 October 2010. "Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) today was awarded a 100% grade from the Human Rights Campaign's Congressional Scorecard for the 111th Congress, for his work in support of issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. In the 111th Congress, Congressman Farr cosponsored legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and expand early treatment for HIV, as well as supported legislation to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and expand federal jurisdiction on violent hate crimes." (votesmart.org)
  • 212 Members of Congress File Historic Amicus Brief on DOMA Case before U.S. Supreme Court (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. National Day of Silence. 15 April 2011. "Today is the 14th year we have commemorated the National Day of Silence, a time when students across the country remain silent for the whole day to draw attention to discrimination toward their LGBT peers. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning youth and their allies face verbal and physical bullying on a daily basis just for being who they are, for expressing their sexuality, or for demonstrating a non-normative gender identity. I am proud that my constituents are calling for a stop to this harassment, and I encourage all Americans to join them. [¦] Though many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocates and straight allies are silent today, we in Congress must never be silent." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Sam Farr voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Sam Farr voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Sam Farr voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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?"
  • Sam Farr. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Sam Farr. 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)
  • Sam Farr. Congressman Farr Receives 100% Grade from Human Rights Campaign. 22 October 2010. "Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) today was awarded a 100% grade from the Human Rights Campaign's Congressional Scorecard for the 111th Congress, for his work in support of issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. In the 111th Congress, Congressman Farr cosponsored legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and expand early treatment for HIV, as well as supported legislation to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and expand federal jurisdiction on violent hate crimes." (votesmart.org)
  • 212 Members of Congress File Historic Amicus Brief on DOMA Case before U.S. Supreme Court (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Sam Farr. 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?"
  • Sam Farr. Members of Congress Call for Special Counsel Investigation into NSA Domestic Spying After Being Refused by Government Agencies. 27 February 2006. "[W]e strongly support the safeguarding of our homeland from terrorist threats. We know that the safety and security of the American people depend on the ability of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies to determine with whom terrorists are talking and what they are planning together. We believe it is essential that our surveillance of terrorists and their accomplices is performed within the bounds of the rule of law. If U.S. persons are indeed conspiring with suspected agents of a foreign terrorist organization such as al Qaeda, we want our intelligence and law enforcement agencies to have the ability to eavesdrop on their communications - as warrants obtained under the "probable cause" standard in FISA would allow. If existing laws including FISA are insufficient to conduct vital counter-terror intelligence activities, then we should have the opportunity to amend those laws within recognized processes under the rule of law. Mr. President, as you yourself have said, the heart of al Qaeda's terrorist campaign is the vision of a "totalitarian empire," opposed to our own nation's foundations in democracy and the rule of law. We must not now abandon democracy and the rule of law in the name of safeguarding them." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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?"
  • Sam Farr. Members of Congress Call for Special Counsel Investigation into NSA Domestic Spying After Being Refused by Government Agencies. 27 February 2006. "[W]e strongly support the safeguarding of our homeland from terrorist threats. We know that the safety and security of the American people depend on the ability of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies to determine with whom terrorists are talking and what they are planning together. We believe it is essential that our surveillance of terrorists and their accomplices is performed within the bounds of the rule of law. If U.S. persons are indeed conspiring with suspected agents of a foreign terrorist organization such as al Qaeda, we want our intelligence and law enforcement agencies to have the ability to eavesdrop on their communications - as warrants obtained under the "probable cause" standard in FISA would allow. If existing laws including FISA are insufficient to conduct vital counter-terror intelligence activities, then we should have the opportunity to amend those laws within recognized processes under the rule of law. Mr. President, as you yourself have said, the heart of al Qaeda's terrorist campaign is the vision of a "totalitarian empire," opposed to our own nation's foundations in democracy and the rule of law. We must not now abandon democracy and the rule of law in the name of safeguarding them." (www.votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Sam Farr supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. 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."
  • Sam Farr. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (www.votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Budget Priorities
Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusn) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
Slightly Increasep) Other or expanded categories

oceans/marine protection

Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decreasec) Military hardware
Slightly Decreased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Decreaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusi) Troop and equipment readiness
Greatly Increasej) Other or expanded categories

base conversion, uxo clean-up

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Maintain Statusb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Maintain Statusf) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Slightly Increasee) Mortgage deduction
Greatly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Noh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Yesi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Nok) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
g) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
Xh) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
j) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
Xk) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xc) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.