Representative Maxine Waters's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 43, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 43
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Maxine Waters has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Maxine Waters 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • “The Republicans came to power in Congress saying they were going to focus on job creation and economic growth, but the introduction of this bill reveals their obsession with pushing an extreme social agenda that further restricts the right of women to access health services, including abortions, and have a say over their own bodies.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/585736/congresswoman-waters-judiciary-democrats-hr-3-is-a-full-fledged-assault-on-women-and-families-across-the-nation#.VbJ47XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26759/maxine-waters/2#.VbJ5ZnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 8 “Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053#.VbJ6LnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “I am very pleased with Attorney General Holder's announcement today that federal prosecutors will no longer pursue draconian mandatory minimum prison sentences in cases involving low-level, non-violent drug offenders who have no ties to large-scale gangs and cartels.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806613/congresswoman-waters-commends-doj-urges-passage-of-mandatory-minimums-legislation#.VbJ9HXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Although the Justice Department's policy shift is a welcoming step towards more 'smart on crime' initiatives, the fight is far from over as long as mandatory minimums still remain in law. Mandatory minimum sentences have not reduced drug use and have contributed to exploding prison populations throughout the United States.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/812216/rep-maxine-waters-introduces-bill-to-remove-mandatory-minimums-from-federal-law#.VbJ8x3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “We want green jobs, but they have not developed as we have talked in the Congress or the president has talked about. I'd love to have solar panel development going on down in my district but it is not happening. So, what we want to do is we want to make sure that there's a big investment in the infrastructure […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/636505/cnn-cnn-newsroom-transcript/?search=solar#.Vnxo6GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “The CBC budget also makes critical investments in affordable housing programs, including fully funding public housing and fully restoring Section 8 housing choice vouchers lost due to sequestration.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961629/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VbJ9YnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Congresswoman Waters recently led efforts to secure assistance for communities that are still reeling from the effects of the recession. She led a group of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) lawmakers on the Financial Services Committee in securing $4 billion within the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 for unemployed homeowners and devastated communities dealing with the foreclosure crisis.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/483289/congresswoman-maxine-waters-minorities-continue-to-face-unemployment-crisis#.VbJ7JXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “Well, to tell you the truth, we came out with a piece of legislation that perhaps did one really good thing and that was to protect the middle class, the American taxpayer, and avoid them having increased taxes and make the tax deductions, the tax credits, taxes for them permanent, instead of them having to have their taxes increased because we were going to go over the fiscal cliff, we stopped it and that's the one good thing that came out of this.” http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/01/04/maxine-waters-post-obama-tax-hikes-the-rich-must-be-taxed-more-n1478936 (townhall.com)

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  • “It is extremely vital for Title I funds go to the most deserving schools to ensure that such schools have the level of resources needed to help address the greater challenges that they face. If Title I schools do not receive adequate state and local funding comparable to other schools within the same district, then the federal investment we appropriate into Title I will not serve it's legislative purpose.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/655981/reaction-to-the-department-of-educations-new-reports-findings-that-more-than-40-of-low-income-schools-dont-get-a-fair-share-of-state-and-local-funds#.VbJ-iHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against S. 1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbJ_C3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I am pleased that the President swiftly vetoed legislation that would have authorized the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953936/waters-applauds-president-obamas-veto-of-keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=xl#.VbJ_dXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “We want green jobs, but they have not developed as we have talked in the Congress or the president has talked about. I'd love to have solar panel development going on down in my district but it is not happening. So, what we want to do is we want to make sure that there's a big investment in the infrastructure […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/636505/cnn-cnn-newsroom-transcript/?search=solar#.Vnxo6GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26759/maxine-waters/30#.VbKAbXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by League of Conservation Voters http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26759/maxine-waters/30#.VbKAbXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 “Energy and Environmental Law Amendments” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VbKBN3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26759/maxine-waters/30#.VbKAbXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 216 “72 Hour Background Check Amendment” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/8861#.VbKCNnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26759/maxine-waters/37#.VbKBrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “It was just two months ago that House Republicans made their 37th vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Today, the House of Representatives voted yet again to do away with critical protections for patients and working families.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806538/congresswoman-waters-statement-on-38th-house-vote-to-repeal-the-affordable-care-act#.VbKDdnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I rise to oppose H.R. 6079, the Republicans 31st attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This bill is ridiculous. It is as ridiculous as the previous 30 votes to repeal health care reform. It is ridiculous because this bill is going nowhere. It will not be taken up by the Senate, and even if it were to pass the Senate, the President would veto it.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/724228/repeal-of-obamacare-act#.VbKD83UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “While we should not welcome or extend citizenship to immigrants who commit violent acts, I oppose policies that would result in the deportation of hundreds of thousands of hard-working individuals who enrich our neighborhoods, strengthen small businesses and contribute to our economy. Moreover, with generations of immigrants now living within the United States, it would be cruel to destroy homes and separate families.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/580462/issue-position-immigration-reform#.VbKS5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings.” http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)

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  • 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.” http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
  • “I have fought against discrimination against LGBT Americans as well as voted against a proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent marriage equality. Amendments to the Constitution are relatively rare, and previously they have been used to protect and expand liberties, not to limit individual freedoms.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629821/issue-position-social-justice-lgbt-rights#.VbKTZXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating “We agree that Congress and all levels of government have a duty to protect America from terrorism, whether from abroad or homegrown. We are, however, deeply concerned that the stated narrow scope and underlying premises of these hearings unfairly stigmatizes and alienates Muslim Americans.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/593186/mcgovern-joins-colleagues-urging-rep-king-to-focus-on-all-terrorist-extremism#.VbKUJnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I hope that this task force is able to embrace our common goal of making America more secure by working together in a non-partisan manner to prevent banks and other financial institutions from supporting terrorist groups.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962799/committee-to-create-bipartisan-task-force-to-investigate-terrorist-financing#.VbKVN3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors#.VbKWhHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “Given the state of popular opinion and the impending retirement savings crisis facing this nation, we respectfully urge you to include proposals to expand Social Security benefits for million of Americans to your policy brief at the upcoming Conference.” http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/public/_cache/files/52b0f60f-d996-47d3-89a4-f186bc32545c/ssletter-edited-7-12-15.pdf (www.budget.senate.gov)

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Candidate Answer Official Position

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