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Xavier Becerra's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 34, Democratic Minority Caucus Chair
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 34
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Xavier Becerra has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Xavier Becerra 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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • “By pushing a divisive agenda that attacks women's access to health care services, House Republicans are making their priorities clear. Instead of threatening the relationship between women and their doctors, Congress should be fighting to eliminate sex discrimination by increasing access to reproductive health care services, promoting pay equity and ensuring quality education.” (
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

  • “If House Republicans want to end the uncertainty over the Bush-era tax cuts, they should immediately take up President Obama's proposal to cut taxes for middle class Americans while asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share and help reduce the deficit.” (
  • “Einstein is credited with saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Eleven years after the Bush tax breaks became law and drove us deeper into deficits, let's not repeat these mistakes. Rather than having these debates about whether the richest 2 percent of Americans deserve extra breaks, we should stand with the middle class.” (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “For too long, the draconian cuts of the sequester have strangled our investments to keep America Number One in the global economy and to ensure our national security. We must find a balanced and fiscally responsible way to lift the sequester and invest in a stronger defense, better infrastructure and bigger paychecks for America's hard-working families.” (
  • “Budgets are a testament to our values and our priorities, and I believe Mr. Van Hollen has made it very clear what the values and priorities of Members of this side of the aisle are. It is about making sure that we invest the taxpayer dollars to help our economy grow, help grow jobs, and help our kids grow up and get to college.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “Past Republican default threats rattled our economy and cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars in lost retirement savings, increased the cost of owning a home, and cost us hundreds of thousands of desperately needed jobs. Let's not add delaying tax refunds to the list. We look forward to working with you to protect American taxpayers.” (
  • “It seems that if you take a look at how we started this conference, Democrats said from the very beginning we have three assignments: to extend the payroll tax cut for 160 million working Americans […].” (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. 1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” (
  • “Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, voted against legislation (H.R. 5682) that would recklessly expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and assure profits for a foreign oil company at the expense of American consumers and taxpayers.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Congressman Becerra has worked to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and invest in the clean, renewable sources of energy to create jobs and clean the air for residents of Los Angeles and California's 34th Congressional District.” (
  • “Becerra Votes for Historic Energy Bill to Create Jobs, Curb Global Warming, and Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence […] The American Clean Energy and Security Act invests in new clean energy technologies and energy efficiency, including renewable energy ($90 billion in new investments by 2025), carbon capture and sequestration ($60 billion), electric and other advanced technology vehicles ($20 billion), and basic scientific research and development ($20 billion).” (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Rep. Becerra believes in responsible government reform that meets the needs of our changing climate and is dedicated to supporting legislative initiatives supported by the best scientific evidence that preserve clean air, protect clean water and pristine coastlines and ensure that our government maintains its commitment to being good stewards of our nation's lands.” (
  • “Becerra Votes for Historic Energy Bill to Create Jobs, Curb Global Warming, and Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence […] The legislation aims to reduce carbon emissions from major U.S. sources by 17% by 2020 and over 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. Complementary measures in the legislation, such as investments in preventing tropical deforestation, will achieve significant additional reductions in carbon emissions.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system.” (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The intent of Congress and the Affordable Care Act was always clear: to save lives. Today, the Supreme Court has proven again that our health security law is constitutional. Now, for the sake of all Americans it's time to move forward to protect the health care we have earned.” (
  • “The facts are clear – the Affordable Care Act is working. Since the law took effect in 2010, 16.4 million uninsured Americans have gained health coverage and the cost of health care has grown at the slowest rate on record. California is leading the charge with more than 3.4 million people gaining coverage. You can't beat the security and peace of mind that comes from having a doctor or hospital within your reach.” (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Today was the day when the parents of U.S. citizen children and lawful permanent resident children would have had an opportunity to apply for the DAPA program, the President's executive action program for parents. Unfortunately, because there are some who oppose giving these families an opportunity not only to stay together but to come out of the shadows, right now that action by the President is stuck in the courts.” (
  • Signed a letter stating “We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Today, America has taken a big step forward. No longer will discriminatory state laws prevent same-sex couples from marrying the person they love. With this ruling, we come one step closer to fully recognizing the fundamental equality of all our fellow citizens.” (
  • Signed a letter stating “As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees.” (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Wednesday night, President Obama laid out a clear strategy to eliminate the threat posed by ISIL to the American people and our homeland. I support the President's plan for sustained, deliberate action against ISIL.” (
  • “The United States of America and the international community must hold accountable those who commit the heinous crime of killing innocent civilians, including children, with these universally-condemned weapons of mass destruction. Inaction in the face of such a brazen violation of international norms would be morally irresponsible and would give license to those who seek to perpetrate such a cruel and inhumane act of warfare.” (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Through eight decades and 13 recessions, Social Security has always been there to pay benefits in full and on time. Today, more than 58 million Americans rely on the benefits they earned from Social Security to live in dignity and with security. It's time for us to repay the favor and work to strengthen and improve Social Security to meet the challenges to come in the decades ahead.” (
  • “Most of the previous privatization proposals at least recognized that Americans who are retired today because they were working and contributing to the system yesterday should not be expected to take the massive loss of benefits as a result of no longer having today's workers contribute into the system.” (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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