Representative Maxine Waters's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Maxine Waters
Current Office: U.S. House - District 43, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/1990
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 43
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Sidney; 2 Children: Edward, Karen
Birth Date: 08/15/1938
Birth Place: Saint Louis, MO
Home City: Los Angeles, CA
Religion: Christian
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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Maxine Waters a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Maxine Waters in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. 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)
  • Maxine Waters. Rep. Lofgren & CA Democratic Women Members Respond to Susan G. Komen Planned Parenthood Decision. 1 February 2012. "As the largest number of women legislators in Congress, we have come together to express our concern and displeasure over Susan G. Komen's decision. Caving to a Congressional right-wing witch hunt won't just hurt Planned Parenthood, it sets back women's health. [¦] For the sake of women's health we sincerely hope that Komen will reconsider their decision, and until then, we do not plan to work with the national foundation." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Maxine Waters in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Letter to President Obama. 3 November 2011. "U.S. support of UNFPA is critical to the program's continued success. Yet, this support is under threat in Congress due to a systematic and baseless campaign of misinformation directed against UNFPA. It is time for the allegations and falsehoods to come to an end, and we want the record to clearly reflect that UNFPA does not support coercion in family planning, coercive abortions or forced sterilizations anywhere. Further, UNFPA rejects "one-child" policies and has vigorously advocated against them. And, since voluntary family planning helps prevent unplanned pregnancies, it also helps prevent abortions. [¦] The U.S. has long been a leader in ensuring safe and secure access for women around the world to contraceptives and other family planning services. From the Global Health Initiative to a strong U.S. commitment to reaching the Millennium Development Goals, we thank you for your unwavering efforts to foster the health and dignity of women worldwide. We remain your partners in ensuring the health and well-being of mothers and children across the globe." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Maxine Waters in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. 8 February 2011. Congresswoman Waters, Judiciary Democrats: H.R. 3 is a Full-Fledged Assault on Women and Families Across the Nation. "At a press conference ahead of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing on H.R. 3, the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act' today, [...] Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said,'This is an offensive bill, period. Redefining rape? Forbidding women from using their private insurance plans to access a legal procedure? Targeting poor women, women with at-risk pregnancies, and women serving their country in uniform? They must be joking. 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.'" (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maxine Waters. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 27 June 2011. "We write to you with serious concerns about the pace of withdrawal of our American troops from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We applaud your announcement Wednesday of an initial withdrawal of 10,000 troops this year, but believe withdrawal should be dramatically accelerated. Like all Americans, we are deeply proud of the hard work and incredible sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, and we know they are carrying out the mission in Afghanistan with dedication and extraordinary competence. Throughout this nearly ten-year military campaign, they have done all we have asked of them, and represented our nation's very best values and ideals. But now, especially considering the recent death of Osama bin Laden, we believe the time has come to dramatically accelerate the reduction of our military presence in Afghanistan. We respectfully request that you accelerate your Administration's withdrawal plan so that the so-called 'surge troops' who were deployed in 2009 be redeployed by the end of this calendar year; with the additional goal of developing a plan to bring all of our remaining troops home safely and honorably by the end of next year." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Peace Action 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of Peace Action West 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. CNN The Situation Room “ Transcript. 31 October 2006. "We are about not only protecting our troops. We want to get them out of there. But we know that they have to have the kind of gear and equipment that is necessary to protect them. And it's been Democrats who have led on making sure we get them the kind of armor that they have needed in order to fight this war. We are not about cutting money from the troops. We are about stopping this war and bringing our soldiers home." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Congresswoman Waters Stands Up for Fairness, Disavows Republican Spending Plans. 15 April 2011. "No one disagrees about the need to reduce the deficit. However, Democrats must continue to draw sharp distinctions for their constituents about how each party would go about it: end war, make the wealthy pay their fair share, and uphold the nation's safety net? Or end Medicare and Medicaid, allow defense spending to balloon, and repeal health care reform for millions of Americans?" (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Letter to President Obama. 4 May 20011. "In the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death, now is the time to shift toward the swift, safe, and responsible withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from Afghanistan. We, the undersigned Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), strongly urge you to announce plans for a near-term and significant drawdown of U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan beginning no later than July of this year. [¦] Mr. President, we are hopeful that Osama Bin Laden's death will offer comfort to the families of the victims of unconscionable attacks on innocent life that have occurred throughout the world and on 9/11. You acted decisively in your efforts to capture the mastermind behind those tragic events and we commend your calls for national and global solidarity as we acknowledge the world is safer for his absence. It is our hope that you can similarly unify the nation by bringing our troops home and ending America's longest war in history-- a position supported by an overwhelming majority of the American people." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 2 December 2009. "As a matter of fact, the more I thought about this effort to talk about wind-down by indicating that they will start to bring our troops out by 2011, even though it's qualified depending on what is happening on the ground, just said to me this is an attempt by the president to satisfy the left, but it doesn't work. It is not credible. And so, yes, I'm disappointed. And I want us to bring those troops home. I want us not to have to spend $30 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Remarks by Congresswoman Waters at CBC Press Conference on Debt, Budget. 15 February 2011. "Why can't we seriously talk about fiscal reforms to our massive defense budget? Why can't we say if we got rid of the tax cuts for the wealthiest and if we got serious about ending the war in Afghanistan, which currently costs about $2 billion a week, we could make serious inroads toward getting our fiscal house in order?" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maxine Waters. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. CNN The Situation Room “ Transcript. 31 October 2006. "We are about not only protecting our troops. We want to get them out of there. But we know that they have to have the kind of gear and equipment that is necessary to protect them. And it's been Democrats who have led on making sure we get them the kind of armor that they have needed in order to fight this war. We are not about cutting money from the troops. We are about stopping this war and bringing our soldiers home." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Congresswoman Waters Stands Up for Fairness, Disavows Republican Spending Plans. 15 April 2011. "No one disagrees about the need to reduce the deficit. However, Democrats must continue to draw sharp distinctions for their constituents about how each party would go about it: end war, make the wealthy pay their fair share, and uphold the nation's safety net? Or end Medicare and Medicaid, allow defense spending to balloon, and repeal health care reform for millions of Americans?" (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 15 February 2011. "Why are we spending the amount that we are spending on the military budget and defense budget when we have those who are telling us--for example, Secretary Gates announced his intention to terminate the expeditionary fighting vehicle program and the surface launch medium-range air-to-air missile system. Why are we trying to disregard what we have been told by the very people who understand this defense budget better than anybody else? No, we want to continue to fund a budget that doesn't need any funding, not talking about how we reduce and eliminate the funding for Afghanistan and bring our soldiers home and put that money into our own domestic needs. We are talking about somehow cutting in ways that they would have people believe that they are helping them when in fact they are hurting them." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "As your commission scrutinizes the federal budget and discretionary spending, we ask that you look closely at the Department of Defense in regard to the issues we have raised, and others. We hope that the report you release this coming December will subject military spending to the same rigorous scrutiny that non-military spending will receive, and that in so doing a consensus will be reached that significant cuts are necessary and can be made in a way that will not endanger national security. We strongly believe this to be the case, and we strongly believe that any deficit reduction package must contain significant cuts to the military budget." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Remarks by Congresswoman Waters at CBC Press Conference on Debt, Budget. 15 February 2011. "Why can't we seriously talk about fiscal reforms to our massive defense budget? Why can't we say if we got rid of the tax cuts for the wealthiest and if we got serious about ending the war in Afghanistan, which currently costs about $2 billion a week, we could make serious inroads toward getting our fiscal house in order?" (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. MSNBC "Countdwon with Keither Olbermann" Interview “ Transcript. 1 April 2003. "People have been waiting for days to see what the budget is from the Republicans. They said they were going to have an alternative. The first time they rolled out, it was simply with a folder with nothing in between. And then they rolled back out with very few numbers and, of course, targeting, you know, tax cuts again for the rich, pulling the rug out from under the most vulnerable, saying nothing about what they're going to really do about economic recovery. And you said it too -- they're going to do away with the stimulus plan that's designed to put money into our economy, create jobs, repair our infrastructure, and get us back on the road to a solid economy again." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 20 September 2011. "But on increasing taxes on the millionaires and billionaires, we have to get behind that. I think it is fair. It makes good sense. The American public supports that. They have been getting away with not paying their fair share. And I think that aspect of the proposal is going to get widespread support among Democrats and I think Republicans are going to have to not do what they've been doing in the past and protecting the richest 1 percent in our country. They're going to have to come on board on this. American workers and people out of jobs are not going to stand for this unfairness in the taxation situation." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 9 November 2011. "And this super committee that we have in the Congress right now as a result of the negotiations that went on in raising the debt ceiling should get this message. And they should resist all attempts by the right wing and the Republicans and the Tea Party to try and again tax the middle class and not doing anything about that one percent that is --" (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Remarks by Congresswoman Waters at CBC Press Conference on Debt, Budget. 15 February 2011. "Why can't we seriously talk about fiscal reforms to our massive defense budget? Why can't we say if we got rid of the tax cuts for the wealthiest and if we got serious about ending the war in Afghanistan, which currently costs about $2 billion a week, we could make serious inroads toward getting our fiscal house in order?" (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Statement on the Failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 November 2011. "What this process has made clear is that the Republicans lack any real solutions to address the unemployment crisis, are steadfast in their desire to privatize Medicare and are unmoving in their refusal to consider tax increases on the wealthiest Americans. This intransigence is made all the more galling when considering the fact that a clear majority of Americans -- and even a majority of Republicans -- support raising taxes on the wealthy as a means of achieving deficit reduction." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Congresswoman Waters Stands Up for Fairness, Disavows Republican Spending Plans. 15 April 2011. "No one disagrees about the need to reduce the deficit. However, Democrats must continue to draw sharp distinctions for their constituents about how each party would go about it: end war, make the wealthy pay their fair share, and uphold the nation's safety net? Or end Medicare and Medicaid, allow defense spending to balloon, and repeal health care reform for millions of Americans?" (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Maxine Waters a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Introduction of the Project Rebuild Act of 2011. 22 November 2011. "Project Rebuild represents the next phase of NSP and is an essential component of President Obama's American Jobs Act. Project Rebuild would invest $15 billion to rehabilitate distressed properties, and could address the needs of an estimated 150,000 properties in communities across the country. In addition to rehabilitating residential properties, Project Rebuild would also include abandoned and foreclosed commercial properties. It is estimated that Project Rebuild will support 191,000 jobs. 'It's time to scale NSP up to the next level and Project Rebuild does exactly that,' Rep. Waters stated. 'I'm pleased that President Obama has recognized the power of NSP by including Project Rebuild in his American Jobs Act. Due to the success of NSP, we already know that Project Rebuild will work. We've got to get the housing market going again and Project Rebuild will do that. It will create jobs, stabilize communities, and bolster the housing market. Project Rebuild is the best way to rebuild our communities, our neighborhoods, and our economy.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Issue Position: Economic Stimulus and Job Creation. 2 March 2012. "Immediately after taking office earlier this year, President Obama worked with Congress to put together a bold response to the economic challenges and hardship that Americans have been facing. The stimulus package, known formally as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has already made a difference, helping to jumpstart our economy while also making important investments -- in education, health care, clean energy, new technology, infrastructure and transportation -- that will continue to pay off well into the future. I remain concerned about the high level of unemployment in California and nationally and will continue my efforts to help put more Americans back to work. Although we have a way to go, there are signs that the economy is indeed rebounding and job losses are slowing. Economists credit the stimulus package for preventing a more severe crisis and even higher unemployment. Funding in the stimulus package has prevented layoffs of many nurses, police officers, firefighters and teachers, enabling them to continue both to provide for their families and serve our communities. In addition, the stimulus has created jobs for workers constructing and repairing vital infrastructure and transportation projects." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. MSNBC "Countdwon with Keither Olbermann" Interview “ Transcript. 1 April 2003. "People have been waiting for days to see what the budget is from the Republicans. They said they were going to have an alternative. The first time they rolled out, it was simply with a folder with nothing in between. And then they rolled back out with very few numbers and, of course, targeting, you know, tax cuts again for the rich, pulling the rug out from under the most vulnerable, saying nothing about what they're going to really do about economic recovery. And you said it too -- they're going to do away with the stimulus plan that's designed to put money into our economy, create jobs, repair our infrastructure, and get us back on the road to a solid economy again." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Remarks by Congresswoman Waters at CBC Press Conference on Debt, Budget. 15 February 2011. "Government investment in people, education, infrastructure, and innovation can create jobs, and these jobs pay for themselves and then some by allowing people to earn, spend, invest, and save. Simply put, we need the investments now more than ever. [¦] Construction workers, technical and transportation experts, childcare providers, teachers, students -- these kinds of populations can be supported through key government investments in jobs." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maxine Waters. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Access to Capital for Job Creators Act. 3 November 2011. "While we're talking about small businesses, let me remind you that, in the American Jobs Act that is being debated by this Congress, we have similar efforts for small businesses. We have tax credits for small businesses; we have tax credits when they hire workers, when they hire veterans. So I am very pleased that both sides of the aisle are showing more and more support. These small businesses need this capital to acquire inventory. Many of them need to get up to speed with their computer equipment to be able to market their services, their goods, and their products. As we do this, let us keep in mind that this is one aspect of how we stimulate the economy, of how we grow our small businesses, of how we give support to them." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Congresswoman Waters Votes to Create Jobs, Strengthen Small Business. 17 June 2010. "Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) voted today for legislation that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and help small businesses. In addition to leveraging $300 billion in much-needed lending to small businesses, the legislation offers tax incentives to help America's small businesses grow. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (H.R. 5297), which Congresswoman Waters cosponsored, will help small businesses expand by making investments in states and small banks that focus on lending to local small businesses. This new $30 billion lending fund -- which includes tough performance-based incentives and safeguards to ensure that funds go to American small businesses -- will spur job creation in California and across the U.S. The bill will also help cultivate American innovation through a new public-private partnership designed to channel early stage investment capital to promising new start-ups. H.R. 5297 offers tax incentives to spur immediate investments in America's small businesses. These reforms will lower the capital gains taxes on small business investments and increase tax deductions to help entrepreneurs to recover more start-up expenses." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maxine Waters. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. NBC "Meet the Press" - Transcript. 4 September 2011. "Why are we not investing more in education? Why do we have dropouts? Why do we have educational systems that are failing? Why is it that we have a situation where many of our young people will not be able to compete in this high technological society because they're not properly educated? And so, no, we do pay lip service to education. We don't really invest in it, and that's got to change." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Congresswoman Waters Supports Gainful Employment Rules to Protect Students, Save Taxpayer Dollars. 17 February 2011. "I want to talk about the extremely important gainful employment rules currently being considered by the Department of Education. These rules have dual importance: they would protect students and they would save taxpayer money. They would do this by attacking bad programs that are not fulfilling the obligations of eligibility for Title IV funding. [¦] Many of these schools aggressively recruit students, give them a shoddy education, and leave them jobless and penniless upon graduation. Let's reform that by making sure that these programs are meaningfully and affordably preparing students for work and life. If they aren't, they do not deserve federal funding, period." (waters.house.gov)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maxine Waters. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Letter to The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary, United States Department Of The Interior. 27 May 2009. "Accept the DC Circuit Court's decision on the 2007 to 2012 Offshore Leasing Program as it applies to the Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, and North Aleutian Basin planning areas, thus eliminating pending lease sales and voiding existing leases sold under Lease Sale 193 in the Chukchi Sea, and urge you to ensure the revised environmental sensitivity analysis is conducted in a manner that utilizes factors and scientific information relevant to these unique northern waters. We recommend that you include a full analysis of the Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, and Bering Sea in your efforts on the new 5 year plan before making any decisions about this area going forward" (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Letter to The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of Interior. 15 November 2011. "We write in support of a wilderness designation for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of the drift Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Refuge that was released in August. We, the undersigned Members of the United States Congress, urge you to choose Alternative C and to recommend Wilderness designation for the iconic, unparalleled Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge. [¦] Oil and gas leasing, exploration, development, and production, including seismic activity, support infrastructure or any geological surveys are entirely incompatible with the purposes of the Refuge, and would permanently harm the values for which the Arctic Refuge was established. The Coastal Plain is the biological heart of the Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls the coastal plain the 'center for wildlife activity' in the Refuge. Allowing drilling the Arctic Refuge would irreparably disrupt this important ecosystem and forever destroy one of our last great wild places." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Letter to Interior Secretary Salazar. 8 February 2012. "On behalf of the undersigned members of Congress, we write to comment on your administration's proposed 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil (OCS) and Gas Leasing Program. Our comments focus specifically on three geographic regions: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans. While we are pleased to see that no oil and gas development will occur in the Atlantic or Pacific, we urge caution against too quickly moving forward with additional leasing in the Arctic, which this plan in its current form will do. [¦] First, we are encouraged that BOEM did not include areas off the Pacific Coast for leasing in the draft 2012-2017 program. The agency stated it did not include the Pacific "to accommodate the recommendations of governors of coastal states and of state and local agencies." We support the agency's decision for the Pacific Coast. We are also encouraged by BOEM's deferral of leasing in the Atlantic in the draft 2012-2017 program. In its justification, the agency cited a "lack of infrastructure to support oil and gas exploration and development, as well as spill preparedness and response." As demonstrated in 2010 with the Deepwater Horizon disaster, sufficient spill preparedness is crucial to a successful offshore drilling operation, so we support the decision to keep the Atlantic lease-free through 2017. However, we are perplexed that the decision to withhold lease sales from the Atlantic due to a lack of infrastructure and spill preparedness was paired with the decision to hold two lease sales in the Arctic, a significantly more remote, undeveloped region. [¦] The Arctic is a unique environment with significant hurdles that the DOI and related agencies must genuinely address before considering any new leasing in the region in the upcoming five-year plan. [¦] To conclude, before any new leasing activity is scheduled for the Arctic, all agencies involved in the planning process must develop adequate science to understand the implications of drilling in the Arctic Ocean, put in place a plan that guarantees protection of the Arctic Ocean and ecosystem, and guarantee that companies bidding on leases in the Arctic Ocean and applying for permits to drill wells in this unique, intact ecosystem, are fully prepared to handle a disaster like Deepwater Horizon." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Congresswoman Waters Opposes Attacks on the Environment; Supports Protection of Clean Air, Clean Water and Public Health. 28 July 2011. "Finally, the Offshore Drilling rider allows oil companies to pollute more by exempting support vessels involved in offshore oil drilling from regulation. This provision undermines the ability of the EPA to ensure that oil drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf proceeds safely, responsibly, and with opportunities for stakeholder input. We've already seen from the BP oil spill how dangerous offshore oil drilling can be. On top of all of these dangerous riders, this bill slashes funding for the EPA by 18 percent below the 2011 level, in addition to the 16 percent cut that was inflicted on the agency when compared to the 1010 level. These cuts would leave the Environmental Protection Agency unable to effectively regulate pollution or protect public health, even when it is not prevented from doing so by an anti-environmental rider." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Maxine Waters. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Maxine Waters voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters 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 Maxine Waters in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Maxine Waters in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Maxine Waters in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Maxine Waters in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Maxine Waters in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Congresswoman Waters Votes for Landmark Clean Energy Jobs Legislation. 26 June 2009. "Congresswoman Maxine Waters today voted to pass landmark clean energy legislation that will create millions of new American jobs, limit the pollution that causes climate change, and reduce our nation's dangerous dependence on foreign oil. [¦] The bill will significantly reduce dangerous pollution by limiting emissions from electric utilities, oil refineries, and other major sources. It also promotes all forms of American clean energy, including wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 27 July 2011. "Mr. Chair, I rise to oppose the underlying bill and the numerous extreme, anti-environmental riders included therein. [¦] The Cross-State Air Pollution rider prohibits EPA from implementing a rule to protect communities from pollution caused by power plants upwind of them. EPA estimates that this rule will prevent up to 34,000 premature deaths, 15,000 heart attacks, 400,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and 1.8 million sick days a year beginning in 2014. The Mercury and Air Toxics rider blocks EPA from finalizing a rule reducing emissions of mercury and other toxics from power plants. EPA estimates that this rule could deliver as much as $140 billion in health benefits and prevent 17,000 premature deaths each year. The Cement Kilns rider prohibits EPA from enforcing limits on emissions of mercury, particulate matter, and hydrochloric acid from cement kilns. These limits would reduce mercury pollution and fine particulate matter from cement kilns by 92 percent, preventing up to 2,500 premature deaths and avoiding 17,000 cases of aggravated asthma each year. [¦] On top of all of these dangerous riders, this bill slashes funding for the EPA by 18 percent below the 2011 level, in addition to the 16 percent cut that was inflicted on the agency when compared to the 2010 level. These cuts would leave the Environmental Protection Agency unable to effectively regulate pollution or protect public health, even when it is not prevented from doing so by an anti-environmental rider." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. "Among other things, this summit should focus on the following: [¦] Reduce our dependence on fossil fuel through investments in renewable energy and energy conservation. By moving toward energy conservation and investing in renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol, solar and wind we can eliminate our reliance on Middle East oil by 2020, and move away from polluting fossil fuels in general. For example, by increasing CAFE standards for cars to 45 miles per gallon and SUVs and light trucks to 34 miles per gallon over the next decade we 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Letter to The Honorable Lisa Jackson, EPA. 23 September 2011. "We are writing to express our support for the Environmental Protection Agency's final Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule. [¦] The Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule finally ends decades of failure to control air pollution at its source. For too long, highly polluting facilities located upwind have been allowed to pollute major metropolitan areas with impunity. In fact, those sources of pollution have made it impossible for most major metropolitan areas to come into compliance with federal standards for smog pollution. As a result, local and state governments have had to spend more money on local pollution mitigation even when most pollution is generated by large upwind sources. We applaud your efforts to make polluters control pollution at the source rather than continuing to shift the cost burden onto local governments and local taxpayers." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Maxine Waters in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Maxine Waters a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Maxine Waters voted Did Not Vote on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Maxine Waters in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 83 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Congresswoman Waters Reacts to Shooting at Gardena High School in her District. 18 January 2011. "One of the Congress' fiercest gun control advocates, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, introduced simple and sensible legislation to ban the kind of magazine used in the shooting. I am proud to be a cosponsor of her legislation, even as I and my colleagues are being told by people both on and off the Hill that the legislation will go nowhere. Let's all be clear about one thing though: guns don't belong in the hands of students. And they don't belong on any school property. Period." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Maxine Waters. Daily Breeze - Inglewood Crowd Protests Spending Cuts. 9 April 2011. "She also promised to fight to keep last year's health care reform intact. 'We cannot lose the health care reform we worked so hard for,' she said. 'We're still reeling from recession and unemployment. We need jobs and infrastructure.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011. 1 February 2012. "It is long past due for House Republicans to stop trying to dismantle health care reform and start working with us in a constructive, bipartisan manner to improve our Nation's health system. I would urge my colleagues to oppose this bill and support solutions to America's long-term care crisis. Ladies and gentlemen, what we are discussing today is precisely what Occupy Wall Street was all about. It's about what are we going to do to deal with that 99 percent out there who simply need some safety nets that their government could easily assist with. Health care is a problem in this country. Not everyone can afford it, and I would ask my colleagues to take the politics out of this issue. The American public needs this health care reform. And the Occupy Wall Street people who are out there simply sent a message to say, okay, America, stop being simply on the side of the 1 percent, look at the 99 percent. I would urge my colleagues to do that." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "Repealing or de-funding health care reform is part of the Republicans' No Jobs Agenda. The Affordable Care Act will create jobs. One study says that repealing the law will put in jeopardy the 250,000 to 400,000 new jobs this law will create each year. [¦] Quality health care must be available for all Americans regardless of race, level of income, gender, or the existence of a pre-existing condition. That's why the Affordable Care Act specifically addresses health disparities and protects the rights of people with pre-existing conditions, and that's we must fully fund the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 8 February 2012. "We have a credible health care reform plan that lowers costs, maintains quality, covers all Americans, holds insurance companies accountable, and brings more security and stability to American families and businesses. I believe the best way to accomplish these goals is through a "public option", a health insurance plan that, like Medicare, is government run and not driven by profits like private insurance. The public option will compete with the private insurance companies, helping drive down costs and improve quality and customer service. It is important to keep in mind that the public option is voluntary; nobody can force you to choose it if you prefer a private insurance company." (votesmart.org)

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  • Maxine Waters. 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. "Yesterday's hearing was an important step in the process to reach our shared goal, passage of the DREAM Act. We must continue to use every tool and resource available to make the opportunity for citizenship available for those who meet the common sense educational or service criteria in the Act." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Hearing on "Making Immigration Work for American Minorities". 1 March 2011. "Today, I continue to support a comprehensive framework that includes reforms to our deportation and detention policies, as well as border security. Reform must also include a fair path to citizenship (and some penalty for those who have been in the U.S. illegally). Individuals who have lived in the U.S. for many years while raising their families, paying taxes, and paying into social security should have the opportunity to become legal citizens in a fair and efficient process. We must also hold employers accountable by assessing increased penalties for those who exploit undocumented immigrant labor. Mr. Chairman, comprehensive reform is the only way that we will be able to create an immigration system that is fair, feasible, and protects American workers. A fragmented reform policy that focuses only on E-Verify and deportation will yield unintended consequences that will negatively impact American workers." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 2 March 2012. "The current immigration system is broken and must be fixed with a comprehensive plan that balances border security and strong enforcement with a workable path to legalization for those already here. We must recognize the contributions of immigrants and treat them compassionately and fairly. 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. Therefore, as a member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law, I will continue to work to create a comprehensive immigration plan that balances national security needs with an effective plan that provides a path to citizenship for those who meet stringent requirements." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters' Statement on Illegal Immigration. 13 April 2006. "Unfortunately, the bill proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, H.R. 4437, is the most punitive and unrealistic piece of legislation attempting to deal with immigration reform. [...] This bill singles out the undocumented and criminalizes them. It serves as a catalyst for massive protest and as a blueprint for bad public policy. This bill does not provide for the legalization of the 11 million currently undocumented immigrants already in the country. This approach is unrealistic. We simply cannot arrest, detain, jail and/or deport 11 million undocumented immigrants." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Maxine Waters. 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)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Maxine Waters voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Maxine Waters voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Maxine Waters voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Issue Position: Social Justice. 2 March 2012. "The test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. Throughout my career, I have worked to promote equality and to protect the civil rights of all Americans including those who historically have faced discrimination and disadvantages -- women, people of color, the LGBT community and the poor. Through my service on the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over constitutional and civil rights as well as criminal law, I am focused on creating a society with justice for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Issue Potition: LGBT. 2 February 2012. "The government should not infringe upon matters dealing with personal liberty and individual autonomy. The Fourteenth Amendment protects the rights and liberties of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans equally under law. 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." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Maxine Waters. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Maxine Waters supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. Damaging Social Security. 1 February 2005. "If we privatize Social Security, as the President suggests, millions of individuals will be thrown into poverty. We simply cannot let this happen. We must strengthen Social Security, not gamble with it, not destroy it. Privatization is simply rolling the dice, gambling with a program that has proven to be consistently solid, that we can depend on. In my home State of California, without Social Security, 49 percent of elderly women would be poor. Privatization would do nothing to decrease the number of Californians in poverty. In fact, the number of California women living in poverty would increase if we were to privatize Social Security." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Maxine Waters. 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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