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Lucille Roybal-Allard's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 40, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 40
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/650670/letter-to-president-obama#.VbJV3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26766/lucille-roybal-allard (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I also rise in opposition to the House Republican budget […] The Republican budget will raise taxes by $2,000 for a typical working family, while millionaires will get an average tax cut of more than $200,000.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961283/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VbJZbnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “According to economists the demands by Republicans to give the 6,600 wealthiest Americans a tax break of $23 billion will do nothing to stimulate our economy or create one job.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/575502/tax-relief-unemployment-insurance-reauthorization-and-job-creation-act-of-2010#.VbJWt3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • “This funding will allow local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to expand successful summer jobs programs that were funded in the Recovery Act. In addition, this legislation extends the Recovery Act small business lending program for a month, which has already helped save or create over 560,000 jobs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/492922/house-passes-two-job-creation-bills#.VbJXLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Mr. Chair, I rise today in support of the House Democratic budget, which invests in hardworking American families. Our budget gives Americans the opportunities they need to get ahead.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961283/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VbJZbnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 8 “Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053#.VbJY4HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “The Democratic budget will provide tax relief to hardworking families, including extensions of the Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and tax credits for higher education.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961283/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VbJZbnUVhHw (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I believe that we must do everything we can to encourage the academic success of our nation's students. That is why as a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee I am committed to providing the education funding our schools, teachers and students need and deserve. That means fighting for robust funding for federal programs like Head Start, the Even Start Family Literacy Program, Title I School Improvement Grants and the Individuals with Disabilities Act.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/584743/issue-position-education#.VbJawXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbJbVHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Mr. Speaker, I oppose H.R. 3, which grants approval to build the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. The public has been misled by the pipeline's advocates, who have played down the pipeline's potentially devastating effects on our nation's environment and on the American people.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960852/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=xl#.VbJcP3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “As Congress considers tax incentives to drive down the cost of innovative or renewable technologies, we urge you to support CREBs or other incentives that can assure that not-for-profit utility consumers have access to reliable and affordable energy on a basis comparable to consumers of for-profit utilities.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/620802/bipartisan-letter-urges-renewable-energy-incentives-for-non-profits#.VbJckHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Most recently, several landmark achievements in environmental policy were enacted during the 111th Congress and included […] extension of tax incentives to invest in clean, renewable energy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629726/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.VbJc7HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 “Energy and Environmental Law Amendments” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VbJeLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Environmental stewardship remains one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government. Congress needs to continue and strengthen our national efforts to clean our air, clean our water, and preserve our natural resources, understanding that what we do today has a profound impact on future generations of Americans.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629726/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.VbJc7HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.Va_llXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26766/lucille-roybal-allard/37#.VbJehnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The House Republican leadership is stuck on repeat. Despite the Supreme Court's upholding of the law's constitutionality, the reelection of President Obama, and the Speaker himself declaring Obamacare the, 'law of the land,' Republicans forced yet another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This is a blatant waste of both time and taxpayer money.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/786379/rep-roybal-allard-blasts-republicans-on-the-37th-repeal-of-obamacare#.VbJe9HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this 56th Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961395/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act#.VbJezHUVhHw (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • “As a result of President Obama's actions, many families who would otherwise be torn apart will be allowed to stay together, and five million immigrants will now come out of the shadows, have background checks, pay taxes, and be held accountable.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939457/rep-roybal-allard-responds-to-president-obamas-speech-announcing-executive-action-on-immigration#.VbJfg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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'm overjoyed by the Supreme Court's historic decision to guarantee marriage equality to every American. In doing so, the Court's majority has moved our nation into a brighter, more welcoming, and more loving future.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986418/rep-roybal-allard-statement-on-marriage-equality#.VbJgZXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The images of children killed in the chemical weapons attack in Syria are truly horrifying. The use of these weapons by a government against its people is beyond deplorable and violates the international community's stance against these weapons of mass destruction.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809051/rep-roybal-allard-releases-statement-on-syria#.VbJgrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. […] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades.” http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • “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#.VbJir3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “If the payroll tax is not restored, which I believe is likely with a Republican majority in the House, Social Security would become dependent on the general fund for revenue. […] By doing this, we could be sowing the seeds for the privatization of Social Security. Therefore, while this bill does provide short term relief, the potential long term suffering and negative impact of this bill are too high a price to pay.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/575502/tax-relief-unemployment-insurance-reauthorization-and-job-creation-act-of-2010#.VbJWt3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

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

Inferred Answer

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

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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

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