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Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Xavier Becerra
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 34, Democratic Minority Caucus Chair
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 34
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Carolina; 3 Children: Clarisa, Olivia, Natalia
Birth Date: 01/26/1958
Birth Place: Sacramento, CA
Home City: Los Angeles, CA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Xavier Becerra voted Did Not Vote on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Xavier Becerra in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (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 Xavier Becerra a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. House Democrats Release Historic Catholic Statement of Principles. 28 February 2006. "We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice. Each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term. We believe this includes promoting alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, and improving access to children's healthcare and child care, as well as policies that encourage paternal and maternal responsibility. [¦] As legislators, we are charged with preserving the Constitution, which guarantees religious freedom for all Americans. In doing so, we guarantee our right to live our own lives as Catholics, but also foster an America with a rich diversity of faiths. We believe the separation of church and state allows for our faith to inform our public duties." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Xavier Becerra in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. CAPAC Members Denounce Attack on Reproductive Rights. 31 May 2012. "Despite its misleading title, H.R. 3541 would do nothing to address the issue of sex discrimination. 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." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Xavier Becerra. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Budget & Fiscal Responsibility. 27 February 2012. "President Bush began with a projected $4.2 trillion ten-year surplus when he took office. Eight years later, he left President Obama with a projected $3.3 trillion ten-year deficit. As the chart below shows, the bulk of today's budget deficits projected over the next decade can be traced to the Bush-era tax cuts for the rich, the unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and under-regulated big banks and Wall Street who contributed to the current economic recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 27 February 2012. "Rep. Becerra also believes that if it is important enough to go to war and put the lives of our men and women in uniform on the line, then it must be important enough to pay for the cost of that war in today's dollars, and not borrow the money from our children. That is why he has voted against supplemental appropriations for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that were not paid for." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Permanently Extending Increased Standard Deduction, and 15% Individual Income Tax Rate Bracket Expansion, for Married Taxpayers Filing Joint Returns. 28 April 2004. "But at a time when we are facing as a result of policies in this government the largest deficit in the Nation's history, some $521 billion, and at a time when there is a double whammy of having to fight a war in Iraq and Afghanistan with no sense of when we are going to have an opportunity to bring our troops home and at what cost, we have to move on legislation like this in a responsible fashion." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Votes Against Unbalanced Debt Ceiling Legislation. 1 August 2011. "Who in Washington is listening to the American people? This proposal does not speak to the values of America--it is not balanced nor does it ask for shared sacrifice. It does nothing about the main drivers of our deficits: the Bush tax cuts, and the unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it does nothing to fix the biggest deficit holding our economy back: the jobs deficit. We owe it to those who built this country to protect Medicare and Social Security from being blindsided by future indiscriminate cuts. We owe it to our children--the future leaders of this great nation--to ensure they have every opportunity to a decent education." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. REP. BECERRA VOTES AGAINST WAR SUPPLEMENTAL. 26 July 2010. "So, when our government poses before the people a vote to fund our military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq through an emergency spending bill which relies on borrowed money, I must ask myself several questions. If this is the right fight, the fight we must have, then is it not worth paying for it? Must we borrow from our children to cover the cost of this war? [¦] I commend the President for being clear in his decision and the mission to prosecute the war in Afghanistan. But this war, which has run longer than the Revolutionary War, longer than the Civil War, longer than the World Wars or Vietnam, is not a candidate for "emergency" deficit spending. If Afghanistan is worth fighting for, it must be worth paying for." (www.xavierbecerra.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Xavier Becerra. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Xavier Becerra voted Did Not Vote on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. "Today Representative Xavier Becerra (CA-31), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, released the following statement after voting in support of an amendment offered by Representative Jeff Flake (AZ-6) to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 2219) to reduce funding for the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) account by one percent: "At a time when we are cutting resources for our schools, health clinics, first responders, and environmental cleanup, we must also demand sacrifice and accountability from the defense contractors who profit off of taxpayer dollars."
  • Xavier Becerra. Hearing of the House Budget Committee - The Growing Costs of the Iraq War. 24 October 2007. "Again, put more in perspective -- what we're talking about spending -- again on the government credit card, because that $330 million a day is not paid for -- that would equal the amount that we would spend for 45,000 veterans, giving them health care, new Border Patrol agents, 1,700; 46,000 more children could be in Head Start if we didn't have to spend $330 million a day. [¦] There's an incredible activity occurring here in this country. We're spending more each year for our activities in Iraq since the president declared mission accomplished, and there's nothing to tell us if this will end anytime soon. In fact, every time we get a request from the president for unpaid-for monies for this military adventure in Iraq, it ends up being more than the previous request. And so as we see this mounting debt -- because all those figures are debt; we haven't paid a cent for any of these costs of the war; it's all going to be on the government credit card -- it begins to add up. [¦] The reason I ask this is because while we see the cost of war continue to escalate and now the consequences of this war beginning to hit home --10 million children, kids in families that work suffering the consequence -- we also have to ask, are we getting the best that we can out of the money that we're spending?" (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Permanently Extending Increased Standard Deduction, and 15% Individual Income Tax Rate Bracket Expansion, for Married Taxpayers Filing Joint Returns. 28 April 2004. "But at a time when we are facing as a result of policies in this government the largest deficit in the Nation's history, some $521 billion, and at a time when there is a double whammy of having to fight a war in Iraq and Afghanistan with no sense of when we are going to have an opportunity to bring our troops home and at what cost, we have to move on legislation like this in a responsible fashion. This legislation will cost over $100 billion. We do not have $100 billion to pull out of the Federal Treasury's pocket to pay for this bill. That means the deficit of the Nation will increase that much more." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Relating to the Liberation of the Iraqi People and the Valiant Service of the United States Armed Forces and Coalition Forces. 17 March 2004. "And this resolution does nothing to lay out the exit strategy this Nation will need to tell our troops when they will be able to come home and when we will be able to stop spending the billions of dollars every day abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Votes Against Unbalanced Debt Ceiling Legislation. 1 August 2011. "Who in Washington is listening to the American people? This proposal does not speak to the values of America--it is not balanced nor does it ask for shared sacrifice. It does nothing about the main drivers of our deficits: the Bush tax cuts, and the unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it does nothing to fix the biggest deficit holding our economy back: the jobs deficit. We owe it to those who built this country to protect Medicare and Social Security from being blindsided by future indiscriminate cuts. We owe it to our children--the future leaders of this great nation--to ensure they have every opportunity to a decent education." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Video: Rep. Xavier Becerra. 12 April 2012. "I'll always call you a friend, but I'll call you a co-cynic when it comes to the cuts to the defense industry, because we just saw a House Republican-led budget in the House of Representatives that essentially sheltered the Department of Defense from any of those automatic cuts. And DoD is supposed to contribute half of those cuts to all those discretionary programs - education, healthcare, defense. And the Republicans' put-together budget, which would shelter the Department of Defense from any of those cuts “ they didn't protect anything else. [¦] And if that's the vision that you have, then I think you're on the way to beginning to starve America of its ability to really be the force it's always been." (video.pbs.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Xavier Becerra voted Did Not Vote on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (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

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  • Xavier Becerra. Permanent Extension of 10% Individual Income Tax Rate Bracket. 13 May 2004. "We have a tax system where oftentimes folks who work very hard, those who are striving and obtaining middle-class status, sometimes find they are paying more taxes than people earning 10, 20, 100 times what they are. That seems very unfair, and it is very unfair." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2008. 28 May 2007. "Under the last 7 years of Republican leadership with these tax cuts that have gone principally to very wealthy people, this is what happens. You have interest payments of over one quarter trillion dollars, yet veterans and education programs are suffering. This is what happens when you do deficit spending. You end up spending over a quarter of a trillion dollars to pay interest on the debt. That does nothing to help anyone. Meanwhile, we have said we are going to focus money on veterans and education." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Hearing Of The Oversight Subcommittee Of The House Ways And Means Committee - Internal Revenue Service Operations And Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Proposals. 4 June 2009. "The tax gap -- if the estimate for the 2001 tax gap is anywhere near accurate, we have no way of knowing, but if it were -- if it is, in fact, or was, in fact, something in the order $345 billion of uncollected owed taxes, over the last eight years, we could have collected enough money to not only cover this massive deficit that we see for 2009, but probably enough to cover most of the deficit from the last several years." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee-The President's Budget Proposals for Fiscal Year 2005. 3 February 2004. "Why would we want to go down a road where we continue to give such massive tax cuts to folks who are extremely wealthy-many of them would be willing to sacrifice a little bit along with our soldiers-and then have to make cuts to even start family literacy programs, which your budget eliminates completely, the Eisenhower math and science programs which would be killed completely as well, the vocational adult education program which we need for a lot of folks who've been losing their jobs-that would be slashed by 35 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Hearing of the Subcomm. on Social Security of the House Ways and Means Comm.-Social Security Administration Service Delivery Budget Plan. 26 February 2004. "So the solution-no one is saying to increase taxes, it's just saying let's be reasonable in how and where we cut those taxes, and take a portion of what went principally to very wealthy folks, including for example the estate tax which benefits only the top 2 percent wealthiest. There's no -- 98 percent of Americans will never benefit from the repeal of the $50 or $60 billion a year estate tax because it goes only to the top two wealthiest percent of Americans. So we can figure out ways to let the average American family, working very hard trying to figure out a way how to send their kids to college, without jeopardizing Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Permanent Estate Tax Relief For Families, Farmers, And Small Businesses Act Of 2009. 11 December 2009. "This legislation does not help the millions of Americans in need nor does it set the right priorities for this country. In such dire economic times with the largest budget deficit in this nation's history, this Congress does not have the luxury of bestowing this tax cut of a quarter-trillion dollars on millionaires. I urge my colleagues to vote against this bill that helps only millionaires, and to turn their focus towards the problems of those Americans who are in economic crisis or could shortly be confronted with painful financial decisions if this economy does not start improving its employment outlook." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Budget & Fiscal Responsibility. 27 February 2012. "Some questions that should be asked include: Do we value protecting our seniors and making college affordable over tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans?" (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Votes Against Unbalanced Debt Ceiling Legislation. 1 August 2011. "Who in Washington is listening to the American people? This proposal does not speak to the values of America--it is not balanced nor does it ask for shared sacrifice. It does nothing about the main drivers of our deficits: the Bush tax cuts, and the unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it does nothing to fix the biggest deficit holding our economy back: the jobs deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. "As our economy continues to recover from the worst economic recession since the Great Depression we must ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at the American Dream. That means if you work hard and play by the rules you will be rewarded, but everyone must play by the same set of rules. And all Americans, no matter how big their bank account, must pay their fair share. We cannot afford to go back to the same failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • 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 Xavier Becerra a rating of 5 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. On the Economic Rescue Plan. 3 October 2008. "Earlier in the week I voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act because it fell short of embodying the elements of an economic recovery package that we need for taxpayers, workers, small businesses, and homeowners." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Letter to Chairman Camp. 9 September 2011. "During the last Congress, the President and the then-Democratic Majority took needed steps to stabilize the economy. According to Congressional Budget Office, the Recovery Act resulted in up to 4 million additional full-time jobs in the economy during the second quarter of 2011. Since the recovery began, the private sector has created more than 2 million private sector jobs. But we still have a long way to go before we make up the nearly nine million jobs destroyed by the financial crisis and recession, and we simply must do more to accelerate economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Becerra Statement on Devasting Jobs Report. 9 January 2009. "Behind every single one of these lost jobs is a family that is suffering. Every day that we delay the implementation of a comprehensive economic recovery package for Main Street is another day of struggle for American families who have lost a source of income. As we put together the pieces of a stimulus package that spends wisely and appropriately we must work with the sense of urgency that America's working families demand." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. CNBC Interview “ Transcript. 13 January 2009. "I think there's a very clear, consistent message coming from the Obama -- future administration and from this Congress. We must have accountability. The way Secretary Paulson has administered the TARP money, some $300 billion plus and the way that there was a lack of available means to try to provide that oversight will not be the course of action in the future. Both the Obama administration to come and this Congress are determined to make sure we make the changes we need to in any subsequent TARP funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Fox News Interview “ Transcript. 11 February 2009. "And so we think it's important and most of the economists, whether conservative or liberal will tell you, you need to kick start this economy and this package does that, it creates up to three to four million jobs in the next two years. That's what you need to get the economy moving again. [¦] If we're talking about stimulating the economy, if we're talking about creating jobs, you've got to put the money where you can create those jobs. This is not a pork-barrel spending package that you're sending money just to any state for any reason. We're trying to concentrate the money. So, unfortunately, the states that are suffering are going to get more than the states that aren't suffering." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Hearing Of The House Budget Committee - The State Of The Economy. 21 May 2009. "And so long as that spending in the economic recovery package is smartly done, focused, then an economist would agree that it is focused. We can have some reasonable projections by economists that we'll begin to see an upturn in the economy. And there are some in fact signs right now that we may be seeing the end of the worst -- not that we're going to see sunshine overnight and blossoming of the economic flowers tomorrow, but we're beginning to see some signs that maybe there is the beginning of the end of this recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Budget & Fiscal Responsibility. 27 February 2012. "Rep. Becerra believes that the best way to restore balance and sustainability to the federal budget is to make investments in education, infrastructure, and health care that build America's middle class and provide economic benefits for generations to come. This means not being "penny wise and pound foolish" by cutting vital programs that lay the foundation for future growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Budget & Fiscal Responsibility. "The Recovery Act, enacted in February 2009, also has succeeded in turning the economy around and reducing the deficit." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Jobs & Economy. 27 February 2012. "On March 18, 2010 President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act into law, a bipartisan bill to create 300,000 jobs with tax incentives for businesses that hire Americans who have lost their jobs, unleash tens of billions of dollars to rebuild America, and strengthen small businesses with tax credits and accelerated write-offs so they can expand and hire." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Blog: Short Taxes - Washington, DC. 16 June 2010. "H.R. 4213 also extends the Recovery Act Small Business Administration lending program that has already helped small businesses create or retain over 650,000 jobs. The bill also includes provisions that will help boost investment in infrastructure and help create jobs for individuals with the greatest need." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Votes to Extend Credir and Tax Relief to Help Small Businesses Hire Out-of-Work Americans. 17 June 2010. "Throughout America--and certainly in my home of Los Angeles--small businesses are the engine of job creation and prosperity," Rep. Becerra said. "Putting Americans back to work is the top priority of this Congress and this legislation provides incentives for community banks to extend much-needed credit to local small businesses so they can help grow the economy--without adding a dime to the deficit. [¦] Once again, this Congress is lowering taxes and lending a hand to America's small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Small Business And Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act Of 2010. 24 March 2010. "You have to make some tough decisions when you pay for things, but this bill is completely taken care of and paid for. So the tax cuts we give to small businesses, we take care of that. We don't do it in an irresponsible fashion. That is why we should vote for this legislation. We need to put this country back on track and back to work, and this bill continues a series of legislation that have come through this House, gone to the Senate and been signed by the President which put America back to work." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Xavier Becerra. Motion to Instruct Conferees on S. Con. Res. 70, Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2009. 14 May 2008. "We don't cut the moneys that the President never provided for his No Child Left Behind education program. We provide the money. We do all those things, and we do them in fiscally responsible ways." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra: You Can't Balance the Budget by Undercutting Working Families. 17 February 2011. "You can't balance the budget in the long term by undercutting America's working families today. But that's what these reckless, short term, short sighted cuts would do--and hitting Latino, African American and Asian American communities the hardest. Small businesses just getting off the ground with help from the Minority Business Development Agency would now be in jeopardy. The 40 year old autoworker in Detroit who is learning new skills to compete in a changing economy might have his classes canceled. And thousands of Latino and African American children getting a head start on their reading and math skills through the Head Start program could start falling behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Votes Against FY2011 Spending Bill. 14 April 2011. "These are not smart cuts. These are not targeted cuts. And worst of all, these are painful cuts that do little to fix our long-term deficit problem. As a result of this budget, billions will be cut from student aid and elementary education programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra On Republican Budget: America Deserves Better. 5 April 2011. "From services for homeless veterans to education from kindergarten to college, and now the dismantling of Medicare and Medicaid, our Republican colleagues have made it clear that their real aim is to pass their unaccomplished social agenda, not a prudent budget. We can do better than this. America deserves better." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Hearing of the House Budget Committee - The Growing Costs of the Iraq War. 24 October 2007. "Again, put more in perspective -- what we're talking about spending -- again on the government credit card, because that $330 million a day is not paid for -- that would equal the amount that we would spend for 45,000 veterans, giving them health care, new Border Patrol agents, 1,700; 46,000 more children could be in Head Start if we didn't have to spend $330 million a day." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Permanently Extending Increased Standard Deduction, and 15% Individual Income Tax Rate Bracket Expansion, for Married Taxpayers Filing Joint Returns. 28 April 2004. "At a time when we are this year, as a result of the administration's request, underfunding the President's own No Child Left Behind Act for education some $8 billion to $10 billion, at a time when we are underfunding the IDEA legislation, which is for special education needs of our kids throughout this country, by more than $2 billion this year, at a time when we are failing to help 44 million Americans have access to health insurance, at a time when we see men and women every day sacrificing their life in places like Afghanistan and Iraq for us, here we are talking about giving $100 billion in tax cuts, when we are not willing to pay for them." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Budget & Fiscal Responsibility. 27 February 2012. "Rep. Becerra believes that the best way to restore balance and sustainability to the federal budget is to make investments in education, infrastructure, and health care that build America's middle class and provide economic benefits for generations to come. This means not being "penny wise and pound foolish" by cutting vital programs that lay the foundation for future growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2008. 28 May 2007. "Under the last 7 years of Republican leadership with these tax cuts that have gone principally to very wealthy people, this is what happens. You have interest payments of over one quarter trillion dollars, yet veterans and education programs are suffering. This is what happens when you do deficit spending. You end up spending over a quarter of a trillion dollars to pay interest on the debt. That does nothing to help anyone. Meanwhile, we have said we are going to focus money on veterans and education." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Xavier Becerra. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. CNBC Interview “ Transcript. 18 June 2008. "I think what Democrats are prepared to do is say this, Larry, use is or lose it. You've got 10,000 leases to go drill on some 68 million acres of federal land offshore, onshore. Use it or lose it. If you're not going to use that land you've already got a lease for already to put a drill bit in the ground, then let someone else do it because we know that there is a need for oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Votes for Comprehensive Cost-Cutting Energy Independence Bill. 17 September 2008. "This forward looking legislation confronts the oppressively high cost of energy and gas in the short, medium, and long term with a comprehensive plan. It protects the taxpayers and brings immediate relief to working families by tapping the strategic reserve as we work to maximize our domestic production in a responsible way. But the truth remains that we cannot drill our way to energy independence - that is why this bill invests in developing the alternative energy sources that will ultimately free us from fossil fuels and foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Energy and Environment. 27 February 2012. "Rep. Becerra supports of Rep. Lois Capp's California Ocean and Coastal Protection Act. This bill permanently prohibit oil and gas leasing off the coast of the State of California." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Xavier Becerra. Press Conference With Rep. David Obey - Energy And Health Legislation. 19 May 2009. "On energy, I don't think there's anyone more pleased than the speaker and members from California to hear the news, from the White House, that we're finally going to move on carbon emissions, in a way that California has been talking about for quite some time. I think that opinion is shared throughout this country; people who really believe we can make a big dent on pollution, keep our country as clean as possible, but more importantly to move towards those green jobs that we all understand we need, if we're going to continue to fight against this constant dependence on energy from other sources, especially from abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra 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 Xavier Becerra in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Xavier Becerra in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Xavier Becerra in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Xavier Becerra in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Xavier Becerra in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. House Passes Renewable Energy Investment, Closes Tax Loopholes for Big Oil. 27 February 2008. "Southern California is hurting badly from an economic downturn that is coupled with skyrocketing energy prices and the environmental damage that comes with burning fossil fuels. This fiscally responsible investment attacks the economic and environmental burdens affecting California by closing tax loopholes for big oil and shifting the incentive toward clean, renewable energy. This will create new jobs in California, while moving our country toward a clean, energy independent future." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Energy and Environment. 27 February 2012. "Rep. Becerra voted to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which will reduce carbon emissions 83 percent by 2050, give entities the flexibility to transition to clean energy sources, and drive down the cost of clean energy sources. This legislation also provides financial assistance to modest-income households by providing a refundable 'energy tax credit' and an 'energy refund' that will be administered through state human service agencies. Click here to read a summary of the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Xavier Becerra. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Xavier Becerra a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Xavier Becerra in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Commends California Senate's Passage of Gun Microstamping Legislation. 10 September 2007. "I commend the California Senate for making this important, potentially lifesaving legislation a priority. Our law enforcement officials tout gun microstamping as a common-sense, effective, and inexpensive technology that will help their investigations without infringing on personal ownership rights. I'm optimistic that the California Assembly will once again pass the bill, and I urge Governor Schwarzenegger to give California's first responders the tools they need to solve gun crimes by signing the Crime Gun Identification Act into law." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra and Sen. Kennedy Introduce Gun Microstamping Legislation. 7 February 2008. "Gun microstamping is a simple and effective technology that promises to save lives and keep violent criminals off the streets. It is inexpensive for gun manufacturers to implement, does not infringe on personal gun ownership rights, and provides a powerful investigative tool to our law enforcement officers. Once again, my home state of California is leading the way by giving first responders the tools they need to solve gun crimes. Now it's time to enact this legislation on a federal level. We owe it to the victims of gun crimes to give investigators every lead possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Lauds the California Assembly for Passing A.B. 1471. 30 May 2007. "There are smart, effective, inexpensive methods that we can implement to reduce gun violence in our country. And perhaps as important, we can do this without infringing on personal ownership rights. We owe it to our officers and the communities they protect to provide them with the tools necessary to answer the call of duty and help keep us safe. Microstamping technology is easy, cheap, efficient, and does not compromise Second Amendment rights. Every piece of microstamped information that would be stamped on a fired bullet cartridge is already on the gun." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Xavier Becerra. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Budget & Fiscal Responsibility. 27 February 2012. "Congress has made good progress over the last few years by enacting fiscally responsible legislation that drives down the deficit, such as pay-as-you-go budgeting and the new health care reform law which will reduce the deficit by more than $100 billion in the first decade and by more than $1 trillion in the next." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Budget & Fiscal Responsibility. 27 February 2012. "Rep. Becerra believes that the best way to restore balance and sustainability to the federal budget is to make investments in education, infrastructure, and health care that build America's middle class and provide economic benefits for generations to come. This means not being "penny wise and pound foolish" by cutting vital programs that lay the foundation for future growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Permanently Extending Increased Standard Deduction, and 15% Individual Income Tax Rate Bracket Expansion, for Married Taxpayers Filing Joint Returns. 28 April 2004. "At a time when we are this year, as a result of the administration's request, underfunding the President's own No Child Left Behind Act for education some $8 billion to $10 billion, at a time when we are underfunding the IDEA legislation, which is for special education needs of our kids throughout this country, by more than $2 billion this year, at a time when we are failing to help 44 million Americans have access to health insurance, at a time when we see men and women every day sacrificing their life in places like Afghanistan and Iraq for us, here we are talking about giving $100 billion in tax cuts, when we are not willing to pay for them." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Press Conference With Rep. David Obey - Energy And Health Legislation. 19 May 2009. "On health care, you only need to point to the fact that some 4 million Americans have lost their health insurance, in this recession, to know how important it is that we act on the president's desire to get health care reform done this year. We intend to do that because we know there are millions of Americans, beyond those who lost their job and their health insurance, who are looking to us to complete it this time around." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra: Health Care Reform is Working--2.5 Million Additional Americans Secure Health Insurance. 15 December 2011. "The facts are the facts: the historic health care reform law of 2010 is providing millions of Americans with quality, affordable care. Today, 2.5 million more young Americans have health care coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. And let's not forget that insurance companies can no longer deny health care coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. On top of that, in the past 12 months more than 300,000 jobs have been created in the health industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 21 March 2010. "Mr. Speaker, today is a day of history. Today we will accomplish what 100 years of Congresses could not. We will pass health care reform, not just for some, but for all Americans. Today is also another day in America. That means that 123 Americans will die today because they do not have health insurance. Another 8,000 will lose their health insurance today, and our health care system will cost all of us $6.8 billion this day and every day if we do not change, if we are content with doing nothing." (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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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. As the Senate Begins: Rep. Becerra Comments on the Immigration Debate. 22 May 2007. "Comprehensive immigration reform legislation must place a high priority on keeping families together, as well as ensuring that new workers do not become a permanent underclass. In addition to strong, effective border and workplace enforcement, and a tough, realistic earned path to citizenship, we must all keep economic and humanitarian issues top of mind. When we keep families separated and workers in a state of uncertainty, we only perpetuate the failures of the current system. I urge Senate members to consider enhancing the bill by giving higher priority to family re-unification and providing a legal path to permanent residency for future immigrant workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Issue Position: Immigration. 27 February 2012. "Rep. Becerra believes the only solution is comprehensive immigration reform that is tough, smart and fair. That means: Strengthening border security and cracking down on unscrupulous employers. Requiring undocumented immigrants to get on the right side of the law by passing background checks, learning English and paying taxes before they get in the back of the line to become citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. PBS Tabis Smiley Interview with Rep. Xavier Becerra. 4 June 2007. "Second place, you can't just say to somebody who you know has been in this country either feeding your kids, cleaning the tables that you eat at when you go to the restaurant or gardening every day, that all of a sudden they gotta go. They've been here. We've known it. And so let's accept some realities. You get the sensible man, the reasonable guy on the street, and he or she can probably tell you what we should do, and that's pretty simple." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Solis, Capito, Slaughter, and 31 other Members of Congress Urge Ridge to Help Maria Suarez. 21 April 2004. "However, immigration laws were amended in 1996 to provide for the deportation of long-term legal permanent residents who had been convicted of crime. As a consequence, persons wrongly convicted of a crime in America must still be deported, despite their innocence. However, it is our understanding that the United States Department of Homeland Security has the authority to dismiss removal proceedings under certain compelling circumstances. In this regard, we urge you to allow Ms. Suarez to remain in the United States with her family." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Xavier Becerra. 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)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Xavier Becerra voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Xavier Becerra voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' Proposition 8 Ruling. 7 February 2012. "Once again, justice and common sense have prevailed. The Ninth Circuit's ruling that California's Proposition 8 banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional affirms the sanctity of equal protection in our country -- a principle that protects us all. In the battle against discrimination, we take another step forward today. (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Applauds Court Ruling Against California's Proposition 8. 18 August 2010. "One of America's greatest hallmarks is that, while we make our share of mistakes, sooner than later justice and common sense prevail. Judge Walker's ruling makes it clear that Proposition 8 violated both the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. I am pleased the Court upheld the sanctity of these constitutional principles that protect all of us. This long march toward equality in marriage has hit its stride." (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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  • Xavier Becerra. Permanently Extending Increased Standard Deduction, and 15% Individual Income Tax Rate Bracket Expansion, for Married Taxpayers Filing Joint Returns. 28 April 2004. "Mr. Speaker, the difficulty with this debate is that there is a big monster in the closet that people do not want to discuss, and that is the growing national deficit, which is going to make it impossible for us to ever do the type of investments in our education, in our housing, health care for seniors and others that we need to do. It certainly will stop us from doing things the right way in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, around the world where the United States must stand up to defend the rights of others and protect Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Fox News Hannity & Colmes-Transcript. 6 April 2004. "I think it's a complicated situation because whatever we do will have consequences and we're finding that out every day. I don't believe you can go in there and say you'll take him out and not suffer some real consequences, not just in Iraq, but I can imagine other Muslim factions will try to retaliate against Americans throughout the world." (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. "Xavier Becerra supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" “ Transcript. 20 November 2011. "Everything has been on the table, including reform of our entitlement programs. But at the same time, let's eliminate the programs that don't work before we start to talk about taking away programs that people have paid for and services that they have to live with, whether it's Social Security or Medicare. There are a lot of programs where we can look and see waste. Well, we should go after those before we tell people, you pay for this program, but we're still going to cut it to balance the budget. [¦] Now, once again, Social Security is never once contributed a single penny to these deficits, to the $15 trillion in national debt. Not one single penny has come from Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Hearing of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee - Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program. 2 December 2011. "Today, nearly every working American and his/her family is protected against the devastating consequences of premature death, career-ending disability, and insufficient retirement savings. They've earned the protection. They paid for it. It's called Social Security. The benefits…they are basic -- nobody gets rich from Social Security -- but they are reliable. And they are part of why America's middle class grew so strong." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Hearing of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee - Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program. 24 January 2012. "We owe it to America's workers to safeguard their contributions to the Social Security Trust Fund, whether against the Wall Street privatizers who would raid the Trust Fund or from erroneous payment of disability benefits to those who have not earned them. That's why it is crucial that the Social Security Administration (SSA) receive the funding it needs to fight waste, fraud, and abuse, and to prevent simple errors. [¦] So, Mr. Chairman, I look forward to working together with you and our colleagues to safeguard the investment American workers make in Social Security. And let's keep the big picture in mind. Tens of millions of Americans and their families rely on Social Security to be there when they need it. That means having a Social Security office open and fully staffed to help them. It means getting back every penny in Social Security overpayments. And, for the sake of fairness and integrity, it means applying the same rigor and standard of accountability for all programs within the federal budget, from Social Security to national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Rep. Becerra Votes Against Unbalanced Debt Ceiling Legislation. 1 August 2011. "Who in Washington is listening to the American people? This proposal does not speak to the values of America--it is not balanced nor does it ask for shared sacrifice. It does nothing about the main drivers of our deficits: the Bush tax cuts, and the unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it does nothing to fix the biggest deficit holding our economy back: the jobs deficit. We owe it to those who built this country to protect Medicare and Social Security from being blindsided by future indiscriminate cuts. We owe it to our children--the future leaders of this great nation--to ensure they have every opportunity to a decent education." (votesmart.org)
  • Xavier Becerra. Hearing of the Subcomm. on Social Security of the House Ways and Means Comm.-Social Security Administration Service Delivery Budget Plan. 26 February 2004. "So we can figure out ways to let the average American family, working very hard trying to figure out a way how to send their kids to college, without jeopardizing Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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