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Doris Matsui's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 6, Democratic
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Doris Matsui has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Doris Matsui is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, 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

  • Doris Matsui was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Votes Against H.R. 3. 4 May 2011. "This bill represents greater intrusion into personal health care matters that should be only between a woman, her doctor and loved ones. [¦] It is dangerous, punitive, and wrong. I strongly oppose H.R. 3 and will continue to fight to protect a woman's right to choose, protect the privacy of all Americans, and fight to improve health care services for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "As you consider Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations legislation, we urge you to protect the District of Columbia's right to self-government as well as the health and reproductive rights of low-income women in the District of Columbia. We respectfully request that you ensure that language that undermines self-government is not included in subsequent legislation as it was in the House Appropriations committee-approved bill. Specifically, we urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government. [¦] 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (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 Doris Matsui a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui 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 Doris Matsui in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Votes Against H.R. 3. 4 May 2011. "This bill represents greater intrusion into personal health care matters that should be only between a woman, her doctor and loved ones. [¦] It is dangerous, punitive, and wrong. I strongly oppose H.R. 3 and will continue to fight to protect a woman's right to choose, protect the privacy of all Americans, and fight to improve health care services for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "As you consider Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations legislation, we urge you to protect the District of Columbia's right to self-government as well as the health and reproductive rights of low-income women in the District of Columbia. We respectfully request that you ensure that language that undermines self-government is not included in subsequent legislation as it was in the House Appropriations committee-approved bill. Specifically, we urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government. [¦] 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (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 Doris Matsui a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui 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 Doris Matsui in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2010 general election. (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

  • Doris O. Matsui. Waiving Points of Order Against Conference Report on H.R. 3010, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies. 17 November 2005. I want everyone in America to understand exactly why these programs are being cut. Because in the face of gross fiscal mismanagement on the part of this majority, they want to pass a $56 billion tax cut for wealthy Americans this coming week. Over half of that money, $23 billion, will go to the very wealthiest of Americans, those earning over $1 million per year. Now, I am certainly not suggesting that there are not government programs that cannot be cut. But what we are talking about are educational programs, health and safety programs, and treatment programs that not only work, but they work well for middle class American families, and they are being sacrificed for tax cuts for the most wealthy and the super rich. The rest of America is being left behind. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Matsui Statement on Education Cuts in Republican Budget Plan. 7 April 2011. "What is most concerning to me is that the Republican budget calls for cuts to the programs that support our children, our students, and our seniors, just so they can reward the Big Oil companies with continued subsidies, lower the tax rate for corporations who are making record profits -- including those who are shipping jobs overseas -- and make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans permanent. This is not a deficit reduction plan -- this is a radical shift away from our national priorities. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Votes to Extend Middle Class Tax Cuts. 2 December 2010. "Congresswoman Matsui has advocated for the need to extend the middle class tax cuts that are currently in place and are set to expire at the end of this year, but has raised concerns over Congressional Republican's plans to extend the tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, as had been the policy under the Bush Administration. ˜To extend the tax cuts on the upper two percent adds significantly to the deficit,' Congresswoman Matsui has said. ˜In fact, extending the tax cuts for the top two percent would cost $700 billion over the next ten years, and more in the decade to come. At a time when lower-income and middle-class Americans are struggling, we cannot afford to give the millionaires more hand-outs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors. Without a doubt, the very same people who support this addition to our debt will oppose raising the debt ceiling to pay for it. We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Matsui Statement on Education Cuts in Republican Budget Plan. 7 April 2011. "What is most concerning to me is that the Republican budget calls for cuts to the programs that support our children, our students, and our seniors, just so they can reward the Big Oil companies with continued subsidies, lower the tax rate for corporations who are making record profits -- including those who are shipping jobs overseas -- and make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans permanent. This is not a deficit reduction plan -- this is a radical shift away from our national priorities. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Waiving Points of Order Against Conference Report on H.R. 3010, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies. 17 November 2005. I want everyone in America to understand exactly why these programs are being cut. Because in the face of gross fiscal mismanagement on the part of this majority, they want to pass a $56 billion tax cut for wealthy Americans this coming week. Over half of that money, $23 billion, will go to the very wealthiest of Americans, those earning over $1 million per year. Now, I am certainly not suggesting that there are not government programs that cannot be cut. But what we are talking about are educational programs, health and safety programs, and treatment programs that not only work, but they work well for middle class American families, and they are being sacrificed for tax cuts for the most wealthy and the super rich. The rest of America is being left behind. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Votes to Extend Middle Class Tax Cuts. 2 December 2010. "Congresswoman Matsui has advocated for the need to extend the middle class tax cuts that are currently in place and are set to expire at the end of this year, but has raised concerns over Congressional Republican's plans to extend the tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, as had been the policy under the Bush Administration. ˜To extend the tax cuts on the upper two percent adds significantly to the deficit,' Congresswoman Matsui has said. ˜In fact, extending the tax cuts for the top two percent would cost $700 billion over the next ten years, and more in the decade to come. At a time when lower-income and middle-class Americans are struggling, we cannot afford to give the millionaires more hand-outs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors. Without a doubt, the very same people who support this addition to our debt will oppose raising the debt ceiling to pay for it. We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Doris O. Matsui. Rep. Matsui Visits Colonial Heights Library, Highlights Importance of Internet Connectivity in Digital Age. "In 2009, Congresswoman Matsui sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requesting that they prioritize funding for broadband infrastructure made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for essential "anchor institutions" such as libraries and schools [¦] ˜Simply put, expanding broadband access is vitally important to the future of our country," added the Congresswoman. "Our country's innovation and global competitiveness depend on a greater number of Americans having access to the Internet.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'With unemployment above 11% in my district of Sacramento, passing a long-term transportation bill is critical to our economic recovery, and that of the nation as a whole. Make no mistake: every day a bill is delayed during these warm months, more construction jobs are lost. House Republicans must join us in standing for American jobs, and agree to a bipartisan solution that provides the kind of certainty that our transportation industry desperately needs to begin the 2012 construction season and make progress for the future. We cannot wait,' said Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-5) [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Economy & Wall Street Reform. 1 January 2011. "But the set of economic conditions before us are greater than anything since the Great Depression, and the road to recovery is long. We need to create jobs and ensure that proper financial oversight is conducted so that the abuses that severely damaged our economy are never repeated. Our economic troubles did not come about overnight and we will not be able to fix them overnight. Each day I serve as your Representative, I am working to make progress to put Americans back to work and push our economy forward for American families, and making targeted investments in the areas that will grow our economy like clean energy, education, health care and infrastructure. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, enacted in the first month of President Obama's term, has jumpstarted our economy. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates more than 1.6 million jobs have been created or saved. Another 2-3 million are estimated to come. It gave 95% of American workers a tax cut, and begin to rebuild America's road, rail, and water infrastructure, with unprecedented accountability." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • 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 Doris Matsui a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. House Passes Second Economic Stimulus Bill; Provides Much Needed Relief For Sacramento Families. 29 September 2008. "Today, Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-05) voted for the economic stimulus bill, H.R. 7110, the Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act of 2008. The stimulus package takes critical steps to support job creation, infrastructure investment, and economic assistance. 'The families of Sacramento have been particularly hard-hit by the mortgage crisis. The legislation that we worked quickly to bring forward in Congress will provide much needed relief to Americans and will help those on Main Street weather these uncertain financial times,' said Rep. Matsui. The economic stimulus bill provides $60.758 billion for job creation, unemployment relief, Food Stamp assistance, and protection of health care coverage. The bill also includes $5 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to build and maintain vital water resources infrastructure. 'I am pleased that this important legislation included critical funding that the Corps will be able to use for projects such as the Joint Federal Project, as well as the miles of levee rehabilitation in our city. The bill directs funds to be used to accelerate existing contracts, and I look forward to working with the Corps to secure vital funds for Sacramento's ongoing flood protection needs,' said Rep. Matsui." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Providing For Further Consideration Of H.R. 1, American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 28 January 2009. "Madam Speaker, we need to address this economic crisis head-on. This package is a substantial step forward. As we have heard from experts on both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the political spectrum, this will not cure our economy's problems. But it will begin to ensure that hardworking Americans get back to work and back on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Rep. Doris Matsui Votes to Reinvest in the Economy. 13 February 2009. "Today's package is the product of compromise and negotiation, M. Speaker. It is not perfect. Yet, the state of our economy is too bleak not to act now. Millions of people across our country are suffering too much for this House to shy away from its responsibility to lead. Now is not the time for partisan bickering or for political gain. Now is the time for action, for courageous leadership. And so today, I choose to lead by casting my vote in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Rep. Matsui Praises Sacramento Clean-Tech Companies For Active Pursuit Of Federal Funding. 15 January 2010. "Congresswoman Matsui continued, 'REII is just one of many constituents which I have witnessed succeed in securing federal funding. Last year, over $13,000,000 was awarded in stimulus dollars to Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento and other jurisdictions for energy efficiency improvements and training programs alone. Just this week, the Department of Health and Human Services released $48,660,000 in block grant funding for FY2010 to support the state of California's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). As Congress reconvenes for 2010, I will continue to advocate for federal funding in our region.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Rep. Matsui Visits Colonial Heights Library, Highlights Importance of Internet Connectivity in Digital Age. "In 2009, Congresswoman Matsui sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requesting that they prioritize funding for broadband infrastructure made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for essential "anchor institutions" such as libraries and schools [¦] ˜Simply put, expanding broadband access is vitally important to the future of our country," added the Congresswoman. "Our country's innovation and global competitiveness depend on a greater number of Americans having access to the Internet.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'With unemployment above 11% in my district of Sacramento, passing a long-term transportation bill is critical to our economic recovery, and that of the nation as a whole. Make no mistake: every day a bill is delayed during these warm months, more construction jobs are lost. House Republicans must join us in standing for American jobs, and agree to a bipartisan solution that provides the kind of certainty that our transportation industry desperately needs to begin the 2012 construction season and make progress for the future. We cannot wait,' said Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-5) [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Economy & Wall Street Reform. 1 January 2011. "But the set of economic conditions before us are greater than anything since the Great Depression, and the road to recovery is long. We need to create jobs and ensure that proper financial oversight is conducted so that the abuses that severely damaged our economy are never repeated. Our economic troubles did not come about overnight and we will not be able to fix them overnight. Each day I serve as your Representative, I am working to make progress to put Americans back to work and push our economy forward for American families, and making targeted investments in the areas that will grow our economy like clean energy, education, health care and infrastructure. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, enacted in the first month of President Obama's term, has jumpstarted our economy. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates more than 1.6 million jobs have been created or saved. Another 2-3 million are estimated to come. It gave 95% of American workers a tax cut, and begin to rebuild America's road, rail, and water infrastructure, with unprecedented accountability." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • 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 Doris Matsui a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. House Passes Second Economic Stimulus Bill; Provides Much Needed Relief For Sacramento Families. 29 September 2008. "Today, Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-05) voted for the economic stimulus bill, H.R. 7110, the Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act of 2008. The stimulus package takes critical steps to support job creation, infrastructure investment, and economic assistance. 'The families of Sacramento have been particularly hard-hit by the mortgage crisis. The legislation that we worked quickly to bring forward in Congress will provide much needed relief to Americans and will help those on Main Street weather these uncertain financial times,' said Rep. Matsui. The economic stimulus bill provides $60.758 billion for job creation, unemployment relief, Food Stamp assistance, and protection of health care coverage. The bill also includes $5 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to build and maintain vital water resources infrastructure. 'I am pleased that this important legislation included critical funding that the Corps will be able to use for projects such as the Joint Federal Project, as well as the miles of levee rehabilitation in our city. The bill directs funds to be used to accelerate existing contracts, and I look forward to working with the Corps to secure vital funds for Sacramento's ongoing flood protection needs,' said Rep. Matsui." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Providing For Further Consideration Of H.R. 1, American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 28 January 2009. "Madam Speaker, we need to address this economic crisis head-on. This package is a substantial step forward. As we have heard from experts on both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the political spectrum, this will not cure our economy's problems. But it will begin to ensure that hardworking Americans get back to work and back on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Rep. Doris Matsui Votes to Reinvest in the Economy. 13 February 2009. "Today's package is the product of compromise and negotiation, M. Speaker. It is not perfect. Yet, the state of our economy is too bleak not to act now. Millions of people across our country are suffering too much for this House to shy away from its responsibility to lead. Now is not the time for partisan bickering or for political gain. Now is the time for action, for courageous leadership. And so today, I choose to lead by casting my vote in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Rep. Matsui Praises Sacramento Clean-Tech Companies For Active Pursuit Of Federal Funding. 15 January 2010. "Congresswoman Matsui continued, 'REII is just one of many constituents which I have witnessed succeed in securing federal funding. Last year, over $13,000,000 was awarded in stimulus dollars to Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento and other jurisdictions for energy efficiency improvements and training programs alone. Just this week, the Department of Health and Human Services released $48,660,000 in block grant funding for FY2010 to support the state of California's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). As Congress reconvenes for 2010, I will continue to advocate for federal funding in our region.'" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Doris Matsui. Matsui Statement on California Receiving Over $50 Million in Race to the Top Funds. 15 December 2011. ""I am extremely pleased that California has been chosen as one of the first recipients of Early Learning Challenge funds. This grant will help early learning programs in the Sacramento region and across the state build upon their successes and raise the bar. As a result, we will begin to close the school readiness gap and our teachers will be able to spend more time introducing our students to new material, rather than catching them up. Education is essential to our goals of competing in a global marketplace, and it is incredibly important that our children begin their educational careers on a strong foundation. We must work to do everything we can to prepare our students for the future, including expanding the capabilities of early childhood education. Ultimately, this will help to set our children on a path to success even before they enter school, and offer new opportunities to Sacramento students and families." (matsui.house.gov)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Federal funding is helping to close the gap that has been created as a result of state and local budget cuts. And local educators and administrative staff have done a wonderful job applying for new grant opportunities in difficult times." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Rep. Doris Matsui Statement on President Obama's First Major Education Speech. 10 March 2009. "Sacramento has a wealth of committed teachers and great schools, but they cannot do it alone. President Obama's proposal demonstrates that he takes education seriously, and I share his commitment to making education a national priority. Our investment in public education will allow us to increase access to higher education, fuel our local economy with high-skilled workers, and offer each student the opportunity to reach their potential." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Defense Appropriations Forces False Choices. 19 December 2005. "This legislation does have faults and ignores many of our nation's priorities. An across the board cut will further harm already underfunded programs like ˜No Child Left Behind,' community health centers, Community Development Block Grants, and local law enforcement block grants." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. President's Budget for Health and Education Programs Ignore Need for Capital Investment in Nation's Future. 7 February 2006. "My investing in health and education programs, our nation will prepare the next generation to follow in our footsteps. To accomplish this goal tomorrow, we must invest the necessary capital today. Yet this budget undermines this nation's future by slashing funding for these critical programs. While the President's budget includes $380 million for programs in the education department that are part of his competitiveness initiative, because of cuts elsewhere, the initiative does not represent a significant boost in education funding. Although the President talks about education in his speeches, his administration has underfunded No Child Left Behind by more than $55 billion since its enactment." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Defense Appropriations Forces False Choices. 19 December 2005. "This legislation does have faults and ignores many of our nation's priorities. An across the board cut will further harm already underfunded programs like ˜No Child Left Behind,' community health centers, Community Development Block Grants, and local law enforcement block grants." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. President's Budget for Health and Education Programs Ignore Need for Capital Investment in Nation's Future. 7 February 2006. "My investing in health and education programs, our nation will prepare the next generation to follow in our footsteps. To accomplish this goal tomorrow, we must invest the necessary capital today. Yet this budget undermines this nation's future by slashing funding for these critical programs. While the President's budget includes $380 million for programs in the education department that are part of his competitiveness initiative, because of cuts elsewhere, the initiative does not represent a significant boost in education funding. Although the President talks about education in his speeches, his administration has underfunded No Child Left Behind by more than $55 billion since its enactment." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. Matsui Statement on California Receiving Over $50 Million in Race to the Top Funds. 15 December 2011. ""I am extremely pleased that California has been chosen as one of the first recipients of Early Learning Challenge funds. This grant will help early learning programs in the Sacramento region and across the state build upon their successes and raise the bar. As a result, we will begin to close the school readiness gap and our teachers will be able to spend more time introducing our students to new material, rather than catching them up. Education is essential to our goals of competing in a global marketplace, and it is incredibly important that our children begin their educational careers on a strong foundation. We must work to do everything we can to prepare our students for the future, including expanding the capabilities of early childhood education. Ultimately, this will help to set our children on a path to success even before they enter school, and offer new opportunities to Sacramento students and families." (matsui.house.gov)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Federal funding is helping to close the gap that has been created as a result of state and local budget cuts. And local educators and administrative staff have done a wonderful job applying for new grant opportunities in difficult times." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Rep. Doris Matsui Statement on President Obama's First Major Education Speech. 10 March 2009. "Sacramento has a wealth of committed teachers and great schools, but they cannot do it alone. President Obama's proposal demonstrates that he takes education seriously, and I share his commitment to making education a national priority. Our investment in public education will allow us to increase access to higher education, fuel our local economy with high-skilled workers, and offer each student the opportunity to reach their potential." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • "The recent spikes in gas prices have reminded us of why it is so important to reduce our dependence on oil. Achieving these fuel efficiency standards will not only mean reducing pollution and carbon emissions, it also will help Americans save money at the pump. And by reducing the amount of oil the U.S. demands, we reduce our dependence on foreign oil, making our nation more independent, more sustainable, and ultimately more secure." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Young People. 12 July 2011. "In Congress, we are working to ensure the best for all Americans. Below, please find some measures I have supported that I believe will specifically assist America's youth [¦] - ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT (PL 110-140) - Increases vehicle fuel efficiency standards (CAFÉ standards) to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, the first congressional increase in 32 years - reducing global warming - Provides new energy efficiency standards for buildings, homes, appliances, and lighting - Makes an historic commitment to American-grown biofuels." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Votes With Science, Against Anti-Climate Change Bill. 7 April 2011. "Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) voted against H.R. 910, legislation which amends the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases in order to address climate change [¦] 'This harmful legislation in essence declares that Congress knows better than the scientific community why climate change exists, and how to best address it,' Congresswoman Matsui said. ˜But it is irresponsible and shortsighted to prevent the EPA from enforcing the Clean Air Act and regulating greenhouse gases; we all know that they won't disappear on their own. If we want to stop the harmful effects of climate change, we must start acting. The U.S. should be a leader in reducing pollution levels in the world; but today's vote was a step backwards for our families, communities, and our nation as a whole. [¦] Moreover, it is shameful that 13 weeks into the new Congress, we are spending time trying to turn back the clock on regulations that protect our environment from harmful pollution instead of passing legislation to create jobs. '" (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Commemorating 40th Anniversary Of Earth Day. 21 April 2010. "Ms. MATSUI. Madam Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the 40th annual Earth Day. Each year Earth Day offers us an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made toward protecting our environment and the work that we still need to do. Now more than ever, we have an historic opportunity to take action to limit the harmful effects of climate change and create the clean energy economy of the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Matsui Statement on Earth Day 2011. 22 April 2011. "We observed the first Earth Day in response to the disastrous oil spill which took place off the Santa Barbara coastline in 1970. This year, the recent anniversary of the BP Oil Spill serves as a stark reminder of the continued importance of Earth Day and our responsibility as stewards of our planet. Environmental policy has made significant progress over the past four decades, but the recent ongoing debates over climate change, offshore drilling, and the role of the Environmental Protection Agency, show that the fight to enact responsible policies continues. This year, more than ever, we must recommit ourselves to fighting for measures that protect our air, water, and lands, and to continuing to pursue a clean energy future for Sacramento, for our nation, and for our planet. We must work towards passing on a healthy, vibrant planet for our children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O Matsui. Congresswoman Doris Matsui Lauds Committee Approval of Historic Climate Change Legislation. 21 May 2009. "'The American Clean Energy and Security Act is historic legislation that takes bold action to fight global warming by capping carbon dioxide emissions, investing in clean energy technologies, and helping communities like Sacramento adapt to climate change,' said Representative Matsui. 'Years of inaction on global warming policy have exacerbated the flood-protection challenges we face in Sacramento by changing the precipitation patterns, Sierra Nevada snowpack, and watershed flows that have dictated our flood protection response for generations. Thanks to my amendments, Sacramento will be in a much better position to strengthen our flood protection infrastructure so that it can respond most effectively to new challenges posed by climate change.' Representative Matsui, who serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, played a major role in shaping the American Clean Energy and Security Act by securing adoption of three critical amendments that will help the Sacramento region adapt to changing precipitation and flood patterns: 1. An amendment requiring that funding provided in the bill for adaptation to climate change-induced flooding be used only to supplement not to replace existing sources of flood protection dollars; 2. An amendment requiring states to report on the use of emissions allowance revenue to reduce flood and storm damage caused by climate change; 3. An amendment requiring states to prioritize flood control adaptation projects based on how well they mitigate the destructive impacts of rainfall in densely-populated areas. Just as our energy and environmental policies are intertwined, so too is Sacramento's flood protection integrally tied to global warming,' said Representative Matsui. 'My amendments to the American Clean Energy and Security Act ensure that Sacramento has the tools and resources it needs to adapt to the changing winter precipitation patterns, reduced snowpack, and unpredictable water flows that are the unfortunate results of unchecked climate change.'" (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Doris Matsui voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Young People. 12 July 2011. "Below, please find some measures I have supported that I believe will specifically assist America's youth. [¦] AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT (H.R. 2454, 111TH CONGRESS) -- PASSED BY HOUSE [¦] Reduces global warming by placing achievable, realistic limits on carbon emissions from electric utilities, oil refineries and other major sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Protecting Our Environment. "Congresswoman Matsui believes that climate change and global warming are two of the most perilous challenges facing America today. Not only are the impacts on the environment evident today, the effects will reverberate far into the future. She believes that taking small steps to reduce our impact on the planet will go a long way, and that larger initiatives will contribute to a healthier, cleaner future for our children and grandchildren. Congresswoman Matsui believes that we need a responsible cap and trade system, and that we must invest in clean technologies. By making preservation of the environment a priority at the Federal level, we will be able to hand a cleaner and safer plant to our future generations." (www.matsui.house.gov)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Young People. 12 July 2011. "In Congress, we are working to ensure the best for all Americans. Below, please find some measures I have supported that I believe will specifically assist America's youth [¦] - ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT (PL 110-140) - Increases vehicle fuel efficiency standards (CAFÉ standards) to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, the first congressional increase in 32 years - reducing global warming - Provides new energy efficiency standards for buildings, homes, appliances, and lighting - Makes an historic commitment to American-grown biofuels." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Votes With Science, Against Anti-Climate Change Bill. 7 April 2011. "Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) voted against H.R. 910, legislation which amends the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases in order to address climate change [¦] 'This harmful legislation in essence declares that Congress knows better than the scientific community why climate change exists, and how to best address it,' Congresswoman Matsui said. ˜But it is irresponsible and shortsighted to prevent the EPA from enforcing the Clean Air Act and regulating greenhouse gases; we all know that they won't disappear on their own. If we want to stop the harmful effects of climate change, we must start acting. The U.S. should be a leader in reducing pollution levels in the world; but today's vote was a step backwards for our families, communities, and our nation as a whole. [¦] Moreover, it is shameful that 13 weeks into the new Congress, we are spending time trying to turn back the clock on regulations that protect our environment from harmful pollution instead of passing legislation to create jobs. '" (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Commemorating 40th Anniversary Of Earth Day. 21 April 2010. "Ms. MATSUI. Madam Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the 40th annual Earth Day. Each year Earth Day offers us an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made toward protecting our environment and the work that we still need to do. Now more than ever, we have an historic opportunity to take action to limit the harmful effects of climate change and create the clean energy economy of the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Matsui Statement on Earth Day 2011. 22 April 2011. "We observed the first Earth Day in response to the disastrous oil spill which took place off the Santa Barbara coastline in 1970. This year, the recent anniversary of the BP Oil Spill serves as a stark reminder of the continued importance of Earth Day and our responsibility as stewards of our planet. Environmental policy has made significant progress over the past four decades, but the recent ongoing debates over climate change, offshore drilling, and the role of the Environmental Protection Agency, show that the fight to enact responsible policies continues. This year, more than ever, we must recommit ourselves to fighting for measures that protect our air, water, and lands, and to continuing to pursue a clean energy future for Sacramento, for our nation, and for our planet. We must work towards passing on a healthy, vibrant planet for our children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O Matsui. Congresswoman Doris Matsui Lauds Committee Approval of Historic Climate Change Legislation. 21 May 2009. "'The American Clean Energy and Security Act is historic legislation that takes bold action to fight global warming by capping carbon dioxide emissions, investing in clean energy technologies, and helping communities like Sacramento adapt to climate change,' said Representative Matsui. 'Years of inaction on global warming policy have exacerbated the flood-protection challenges we face in Sacramento by changing the precipitation patterns, Sierra Nevada snowpack, and watershed flows that have dictated our flood protection response for generations. Thanks to my amendments, Sacramento will be in a much better position to strengthen our flood protection infrastructure so that it can respond most effectively to new challenges posed by climate change.' Representative Matsui, who serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, played a major role in shaping the American Clean Energy and Security Act by securing adoption of three critical amendments that will help the Sacramento region adapt to changing precipitation and flood patterns: 1. An amendment requiring that funding provided in the bill for adaptation to climate change-induced flooding be used only to supplement not to replace existing sources of flood protection dollars; 2. An amendment requiring states to report on the use of emissions allowance revenue to reduce flood and storm damage caused by climate change; 3. An amendment requiring states to prioritize flood control adaptation projects based on how well they mitigate the destructive impacts of rainfall in densely-populated areas. Just as our energy and environmental policies are intertwined, so too is Sacramento's flood protection integrally tied to global warming,' said Representative Matsui. 'My amendments to the American Clean Energy and Security Act ensure that Sacramento has the tools and resources it needs to adapt to the changing winter precipitation patterns, reduced snowpack, and unpredictable water flows that are the unfortunate results of unchecked climate change.'" (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Doris Matsui voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Young People. 12 July 2011. "Below, please find some measures I have supported that I believe will specifically assist America's youth. [¦] AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT (H.R. 2454, 111TH CONGRESS) -- PASSED BY HOUSE [¦] Reduces global warming by placing achievable, realistic limits on carbon emissions from electric utilities, oil refineries and other major sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Protecting Our Environment. "Congresswoman Matsui believes that climate change and global warming are two of the most perilous challenges facing America today. Not only are the impacts on the environment evident today, the effects will reverberate far into the future. She believes that taking small steps to reduce our impact on the planet will go a long way, and that larger initiatives will contribute to a healthier, cleaner future for our children and grandchildren. Congresswoman Matsui believes that we need a responsible cap and trade system, and that we must invest in clean technologies. By making preservation of the environment a priority at the Federal level, we will be able to hand a cleaner and safer plant to our future generations." (www.matsui.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Doris Matsui was rated 0% by Gun Owners of America (Positions) (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Doris Matsui a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Putting Special Interests Ahead of Community Safety. 20 October 2005. "S.397 provides immunity from civil lawsuits for the gun industry in pending and future actions, with only limited exceptions. Under the bill, many weapons manufacturers and sellers whose actions lead to violent crimes cannot be held accountable in civil court. Unfortunately, this bill establishes a lower standard of personal responsibility for the industry, allowing gun sellers to turn a blind eye to those across the counter. Congress should be working to provide law enforcement and communities with the resources to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands, not protecting those who enable violence to plague our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • "Dear Mr. Speaker:We agree with you that we must honor the victims of the recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara. But moments of silence on the floor of the House are not enough. The last thing these victims and their families need is further silence from this Congress. They deserve a vote.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. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic.Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui was rated 0% by Gun Owners of America (Positions) (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Doris Matsui a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Doris Matsui in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Putting Special Interests Ahead of Community Safety. 20 October 2005. "S.397 provides immunity from civil lawsuits for the gun industry in pending and future actions, with only limited exceptions. Under the bill, many weapons manufacturers and sellers whose actions lead to violent crimes cannot be held accountable in civil court. Unfortunately, this bill establishes a lower standard of personal responsibility for the industry, allowing gun sellers to turn a blind eye to those across the counter. Congress should be working to provide law enforcement and communities with the resources to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands, not protecting those who enable violence to plague our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • "Dear Mr. Speaker:We agree with you that we must honor the victims of the recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara. But moments of silence on the floor of the House are not enough. The last thing these victims and their families need is further silence from this Congress. They deserve a vote.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. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic.Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Doris O. Matsui. The Federal Budget Should Reflect Our Nation's Values. 15 April 2011. "Destroying Medicare and Medicaid is irresponsible and shortsighted. In Sacramento, 94 percent of seniors use Medicare to pay for their doctors and to get the care they need. Additionally, 17 percent of Sacramento seniors receive Medicaid, which allows them to stay in a nursing home if they need to; and 15 percent receive both Medicare and Medicaid. The problem is not with these programs, that serve so many in Sacramento, but with the rising costs of health care in America. Those rising costs are exactly what the health care law enacted last year is designed to alleviate. When the law is fully implemented, consumers will enjoy an unprecedented level of protection from some of the insurance industry's worst practices, as well as new benefits to help lower costs and keep you healthier. But the Majority's plan -- in addition to targeting Medicare and Medicaid - would also repeal the health care law, including popular provisions like closing the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, banning insurance companies from dropping people for having pre-existing conditions, free preventive care for seniors, and allowing parents to keep their children on their plan through age 26." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Applauds Supreme Court for Upholding Affordable Care Act. 28 June 2012. "This decision by the Supreme Court reaffirms what my Democratic colleagues and I already knew; the ACA is constitutional and has already benefited millions of Americans. [¦] Access to health care should not be a privilege in this country. It is my hope that now the political games can stop and the ACA will be implemented for those in need of care." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. "Our elderly Americans have spent many years working to raise families and improve the communities in which they live, and we must ensure they are treated fairly and with dignity as they age [¦] To protect our seniors from abuse, I will [¦] support legislation that [¦ IMPROVES] HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICA'S SENIORS - AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (PL 111-148) - Saves millions of seniors up to thousands of dollars on their prescription drug costs each year by phasing out the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole' coverage gap [¦] - Beginning on January 1, 2011, provides that seniors will receive, under Medicare, free preventive services such as mammograms and certain colon cancer tests and a free annual physical. - Strengthens Medicare by extending its solvency by an additional 12 years, from 2017 to 2029. - Includes Medicare efficiencies, so that experts estimate that seniors will save on average nearly $200 per year in premiums and over $200 per year in co-payments in 2018 compared to what they would have paid without the new law. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Young People. 12 July 2011. "Below, please find some measures I have supported that I believe will specifically assist America's youth. [¦] AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (PL 111-148) [¦] Offers access to affordable health insurance to those without job-based coverage, starting in 2014, and provides substantial premium assistance to those who still can't afford it; young adults are just starting jobs and careers, and often don't have access to job-based coverage [...] Is fully paid for, so the younger generation is not stuck with paying the bill for health reform; indeed, according to the nonpartisan CBO, the Act will reduce the deficit by $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Joins Community Members To Celebrate The Passage Of Historic Health Insurance Reform Legislation. 1 April 2010. "We are here today to celebrate the passage of one of the most significant pieces of legislation in generations, one that will stand the test of time as Social Security and Medicare have done. The health insurance reform legislation that was signed into law by President Obama takes critical steps toward making our health care system work again for everyday Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "I have heard from men and women across Sacramento--whether they are small business owners, doctors, seniors, nurses, or government employees--and they are united in their support for health insurance reform. In every corner of our community, there are families who will benefit from this comprehensive and long-overdue legislation that will drive down costs, expand coverage, and guarantee access to affordable health care. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I have been honored to participate in the health insurance reform process over the past year, and fight for the inclusion of key preventive care and wellness provisions in the comprehensive legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. The Federal Budget Should Reflect Our Nation's Values. 15 April 2011. "Destroying Medicare and Medicaid is irresponsible and shortsighted. In Sacramento, 94 percent of seniors use Medicare to pay for their doctors and to get the care they need. Additionally, 17 percent of Sacramento seniors receive Medicaid, which allows them to stay in a nursing home if they need to; and 15 percent receive both Medicare and Medicaid. The problem is not with these programs, that serve so many in Sacramento, but with the rising costs of health care in America. Those rising costs are exactly what the health care law enacted last year is designed to alleviate. When the law is fully implemented, consumers will enjoy an unprecedented level of protection from some of the insurance industry's worst practices, as well as new benefits to help lower costs and keep you healthier. But the Majority's plan -- in addition to targeting Medicare and Medicaid - would also repeal the health care law, including popular provisions like closing the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, banning insurance companies from dropping people for having pre-existing conditions, free preventive care for seniors, and allowing parents to keep their children on their plan through age 26." (votesmart.org)
  • "Any efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act would increase health costs and reduce current and future benefits for millions of American families. This includes hundreds of thousands of residents here in the Sacramento region," said Congresswoman Matsui. "Today's votes are political gimmicks that would harm seniors, students and middle class Americans, while distracting from the critical work we should be focusing on to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Applauds Supreme Court for Upholding Affordable Care Act. 28 June 2012. "This decision by the Supreme Court reaffirms what my Democratic colleagues and I already knew; the ACA is constitutional and has already benefited millions of Americans. [¦] Access to health care should not be a privilege in this country. It is my hope that now the political games can stop and the ACA will be implemented for those in need of care." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. "Our elderly Americans have spent many years working to raise families and improve the communities in which they live, and we must ensure they are treated fairly and with dignity as they age [¦] To protect our seniors from abuse, I will [¦] support legislation that [¦ IMPROVES] HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICA'S SENIORS - AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (PL 111-148) - Saves millions of seniors up to thousands of dollars on their prescription drug costs each year by phasing out the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole' coverage gap [¦] - Beginning on January 1, 2011, provides that seniors will receive, under Medicare, free preventive services such as mammograms and certain colon cancer tests and a free annual physical. - Strengthens Medicare by extending its solvency by an additional 12 years, from 2017 to 2029. - Includes Medicare efficiencies, so that experts estimate that seniors will save on average nearly $200 per year in premiums and over $200 per year in co-payments in 2018 compared to what they would have paid without the new law. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Young People. 12 July 2011. "Below, please find some measures I have supported that I believe will specifically assist America's youth. [¦] AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (PL 111-148) [¦] Offers access to affordable health insurance to those without job-based coverage, starting in 2014, and provides substantial premium assistance to those who still can't afford it; young adults are just starting jobs and careers, and often don't have access to job-based coverage [...] Is fully paid for, so the younger generation is not stuck with paying the bill for health reform; indeed, according to the nonpartisan CBO, the Act will reduce the deficit by $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Joins Community Members To Celebrate The Passage Of Historic Health Insurance Reform Legislation. 1 April 2010. "We are here today to celebrate the passage of one of the most significant pieces of legislation in generations, one that will stand the test of time as Social Security and Medicare have done. The health insurance reform legislation that was signed into law by President Obama takes critical steps toward making our health care system work again for everyday Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "I have heard from men and women across Sacramento--whether they are small business owners, doctors, seniors, nurses, or government employees--and they are united in their support for health insurance reform. In every corner of our community, there are families who will benefit from this comprehensive and long-overdue legislation that will drive down costs, expand coverage, and guarantee access to affordable health care. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I have been honored to participate in the health insurance reform process over the past year, and fight for the inclusion of key preventive care and wellness provisions in the comprehensive legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • "Any efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act would increase health costs and reduce current and future benefits for millions of American families. This includes hundreds of thousands of residents here in the Sacramento region," said Congresswoman Matsui. "Today's votes are political gimmicks that would harm seniors, students and middle class Americans, while distracting from the critical work we should be focusing on to create jobs." (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

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O Matsui. Matsui Statement on Obama Administration's Immigration Policy Announcement. 15 June 2012. "As a supporter of the DREAM Act, I am pleased that the President is taking a strong stand toward reforming our immigration policy. It is a sensible policy that is long overdue. Specifically, it is targeted toward young people who were brought to the United States as young children and have grown up to know this country as home. They are law abiding citizens, and this will give them an opportunity to continue contributing to our economy. As the President said, it is the right thing to do." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui 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. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 26 June 2011. "I am encouraged that the Senate is finally taking steps to expand both educational and employment opportunities for America's youth by holding a hearing on the DREAM Act. Last Congress, the Democratic House passed the DREAM Act with bipartisan support because we understand we must do all that we can to see that young people who have worked to benefit our society and contribute to our nation's wellbeing are given the opportunity to continue to give back by becoming American citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 4437, Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. 15 December 2005. "We must not put families in a situation where they feel they must make a decision to enter legally or illegally or separate their families. We must reform our immigration system to end backlogs and to help reunite families. As I said before, this is a multifaceted issue of which family unification is only one component. There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. They came here illegally in search of a better opportunity, to work on farms and restaurants, hotels, and hundreds of other service jobs. Whether we like it or not, they are part of our economy and fill a needed gap in our labor force. That is why the chamber of commerce, the business community, the immigrant community, and the President all support a guest worker program. That is the only way to end the incentive to enter the United States illegally to find work, and bring out of shadows the illegal immigrants already here." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Huffington Post - House DREAM Passage Puts Pressure on Senate. 9 December 2010. "We must do all that we can to expand both educational and employment opportunities for children in America. Enactment of the DREAM Act will strengthen our economy and improve our position in the global marketplace. It will also allow undocumented, immigrant students who have been living in the U.S. an opportunity to give back to the country that has given so much to them." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Applauds House Passage of DREAM Act. 8 December 2010. "We must do all that we can to continue to expand both educational and employment opportunities for America's youth. The DREAM Act would allow the thousands of immigrant youth who call America home an opportunity to give back to the country that has given so much to them [¦]It is my hope that the Senate acts quickly to pass the DREAM Act, and sends it to the President for his signature. I believe we can all agree that young people who have worked to benefit our society and contribute to our nation's well being ought to have the chance to become an American citizen." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O Matsui. Matsui Statement on Obama Administration's Immigration Policy Announcement. 15 June 2012. "As a supporter of the DREAM Act, I am pleased that the President is taking a strong stand toward reforming our immigration policy. It is a sensible policy that is long overdue. Specifically, it is targeted toward young people who were brought to the United States as young children and have grown up to know this country as home. They are law abiding citizens, and this will give them an opportunity to continue contributing to our economy. As the President said, it is the right thing to do." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 26 June 2011. "I am encouraged that the Senate is finally taking steps to expand both educational and employment opportunities for America's youth by holding a hearing on the DREAM Act. Last Congress, the Democratic House passed the DREAM Act with bipartisan support because we understand we must do all that we can to see that young people who have worked to benefit our society and contribute to our nation's wellbeing are given the opportunity to continue to give back by becoming American citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 4437, Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. 15 December 2005. "We must not put families in a situation where they feel they must make a decision to enter legally or illegally or separate their families. We must reform our immigration system to end backlogs and to help reunite families. As I said before, this is a multifaceted issue of which family unification is only one component. There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. They came here illegally in search of a better opportunity, to work on farms and restaurants, hotels, and hundreds of other service jobs. Whether we like it or not, they are part of our economy and fill a needed gap in our labor force. That is why the chamber of commerce, the business community, the immigrant community, and the President all support a guest worker program. That is the only way to end the incentive to enter the United States illegally to find work, and bring out of shadows the illegal immigrants already here." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Huffington Post - House DREAM Passage Puts Pressure on Senate. 9 December 2010. "We must do all that we can to expand both educational and employment opportunities for children in America. Enactment of the DREAM Act will strengthen our economy and improve our position in the global marketplace. It will also allow undocumented, immigrant students who have been living in the U.S. an opportunity to give back to the country that has given so much to them." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Applauds House Passage of DREAM Act. 8 December 2010. "We must do all that we can to continue to expand both educational and employment opportunities for America's youth. The DREAM Act would allow the thousands of immigrant youth who call America home an opportunity to give back to the country that has given so much to them [¦]It is my hope that the Senate acts quickly to pass the DREAM Act, and sends it to the President for his signature. I believe we can all agree that young people who have worked to benefit our society and contribute to our nation's well being ought to have the chance to become an American citizen." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "Happy to see the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals uphold gay marriage and rule Prop 8 unconstitutional. As the ruling says, 'Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui: Constitution Should Protect Rights Votes against Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Washington, DC - Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (CA-5) condemned the Republican Leadership's political ploy to limit the Constitutional rights of Americans by bringing to the floor the Marriage Protection Amendment (H.J. Res. 88). 'It is clear throughout this nation's history that our greatest days came when we expanded rights and equality and our darkest came when we restricted them. That history teaches us we should not single out any class of Americans for unequal treatment,' stated Congresswoman Matsui. 'This legislation ignores the lessons we have learned and, for the first time, amend the Constitution to take away the rights of American citizens. It would use sexual orientation to deny the rights afforded every other American.' Despite being voted down in the Senate, the House Republican leadership is still bringing the legislation to the floor for an election-year stunt. In fact, during Senate consideration, the legislation did not even receive a majority of votes. The Marriage Protection Amendment (H.J. Res. 88) would deny marriage to same-sex couples and seriously threaten civil unions and domestic partnerships. Additionally, this legislation could impact domestic violence laws, as the amendment's strict definition of marriage is at odds with current laws that enforce punishment on abusers whether or not they are married to the victim." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Doris Matsui voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O Matsui. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July20. "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. [¦] Section 3 does not protect, but undercuts, state sovereignty. Section 3 prevents states that now allow same-sex couples to marry from ensuring these states and the federal government treat these couples the same as other married couples. [¦]In 1996 when DOMA was enacted, lesbians and gay men could not marry anywhere in the world. At that time, Congress acted with regrettable haste and without respect for its longstanding practice of respecting state marriages for purposes of federal law. That practice had served Congress's interests in promoting stability and security for American families; it was a mistake to abandon it. Congress has no legitimate federal interest that is rationally served by treating married gay and lesbian couples as unmarried for all federal purposes. Section 3 is unconstitutional and should be struck down." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I join millions of Americans in expressing my pleasure with this morning's Supreme Court decisions. Discrimination should never be the law of the land, and the Court's decisions today exemplify a bedrock of our society; the importance of "equal justice under the law.' The ruling today that the heart of DOMA is unconstitutional reaffirms what many of us already knew -- that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right that should be afforded to all Americans. It means that individuals who entered into a marriage will now be guaranteed the federal rights and privileges they deserve, regardless of the gender of their spouse."I am especially pleased that the Supreme Court ruled that the California district court's decision on Proposition 8 remains in effect. As the district court had ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional, this means that all Californians are now free to marry, and have that marriage be recognized by our great state."Today is a great day for the advancement of freedom and equality in our nation, our state, and the Sacramento region. While there is more work to be done to ensure that every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender receives equal treatment under the law, the Court's decisions today brought our nation one step closer to ensuring equality for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "Happy to see the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals uphold gay marriage and rule Prop 8 unconstitutional. As the ruling says, 'Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui: Constitution Should Protect Rights Votes against Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Washington, DC - Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (CA-5) condemned the Republican Leadership's political ploy to limit the Constitutional rights of Americans by bringing to the floor the Marriage Protection Amendment (H.J. Res. 88). 'It is clear throughout this nation's history that our greatest days came when we expanded rights and equality and our darkest came when we restricted them. That history teaches us we should not single out any class of Americans for unequal treatment,' stated Congresswoman Matsui. 'This legislation ignores the lessons we have learned and, for the first time, amend the Constitution to take away the rights of American citizens. It would use sexual orientation to deny the rights afforded every other American.' Despite being voted down in the Senate, the House Republican leadership is still bringing the legislation to the floor for an election-year stunt. In fact, during Senate consideration, the legislation did not even receive a majority of votes. The Marriage Protection Amendment (H.J. Res. 88) would deny marriage to same-sex couples and seriously threaten civil unions and domestic partnerships. Additionally, this legislation could impact domestic violence laws, as the amendment's strict definition of marriage is at odds with current laws that enforce punishment on abusers whether or not they are married to the victim." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Doris Matsui voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Doris Matsui voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris Matsui. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Doris Matsui voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O Matsui. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July20. "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. [¦] Section 3 does not protect, but undercuts, state sovereignty. Section 3 prevents states that now allow same-sex couples to marry from ensuring these states and the federal government treat these couples the same as other married couples. [¦]In 1996 when DOMA was enacted, lesbians and gay men could not marry anywhere in the world. At that time, Congress acted with regrettable haste and without respect for its longstanding practice of respecting state marriages for purposes of federal law. That practice had served Congress's interests in promoting stability and security for American families; it was a mistake to abandon it. Congress has no legitimate federal interest that is rationally served by treating married gay and lesbian couples as unmarried for all federal purposes. Section 3 is unconstitutional and should be struck down." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I join millions of Americans in expressing my pleasure with this morning's Supreme Court decisions. Discrimination should never be the law of the land, and the Court's decisions today exemplify a bedrock of our society; the importance of "equal justice under the law.' The ruling today that the heart of DOMA is unconstitutional reaffirms what many of us already knew -- that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right that should be afforded to all Americans. It means that individuals who entered into a marriage will now be guaranteed the federal rights and privileges they deserve, regardless of the gender of their spouse."I am especially pleased that the Supreme Court ruled that the California district court's decision on Proposition 8 remains in effect. As the district court had ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional, this means that all Californians are now free to marry, and have that marriage be recognized by our great state."Today is a great day for the advancement of freedom and equality in our nation, our state, and the Sacramento region. While there is more work to be done to ensure that every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender receives equal treatment under the law, the Court's decisions today brought our nation one step closer to ensuring equality for all Americans." (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

  • Doris O. Matsui. Liberty And Security Are Not Mutually Exclusive. 31 October 2007. "It [the RESTORE Act] accomplishes what previous laws could not: it responsibly seeks to protect Americans from another terrorist attack while still preserving our fundamental, core values. [¦] In testimony before the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell asked for three things: streamlining the FISA process, flexibility in pursuing foreign targets, and immunity for telecommunications companies who handed over information to the government. In the RESTORE Act, Congress has developed policy grants this flexibility and allows for an improved procedure, while recognizing changing technology and trends. It also grants broad authority to our security agencies to pursue foreign targets, while still affording Fourth Amendment protection to American citizens. The RESTORE Act grants broad latitude in pursuing individuals outside of the U.S. but requires that for surveillance of an American citizen to be conducted, a warrant must be obtained." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Matsui Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "I want to commend President Obama and the brave men and women both in uniform and in our intelligence services for their courageous efforts. Osama bin Laden's death brings a measure of relief to the many families whose lives were forever changed by the events of September 11th, as well as to all Americans. Not only was justice served, but bin Laden is now no longer able to extend his ring of terror. Though his death is a significant milestone in the fight against extremism, we as a nation must remain vigilant against further acts of terror perpetrated by those who would seek to follow in bin Laden's footsteps." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Matsui Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "I want to commend President Obama and the brave men and women both in uniform and in our intelligence services for their courageous efforts. Osama bin Laden's death brings a measure of relief to the many families whose lives were forever changed by the events of September 11th, as well as to all Americans. Not only was justice served, but bin Laden is now no longer able to extend his ring of terror. Though his death is a significant milestone in the fight against extremism, we as a nation must remain vigilant against further acts of terror perpetrated by those who would seek to follow in bin Laden's footsteps." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Liberty And Security Are Not Mutually Exclusive. 31 October 2007. "It [the RESTORE Act] accomplishes what previous laws could not: it responsibly seeks to protect Americans from another terrorist attack while still preserving our fundamental, core values. [¦] In testimony before the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell asked for three things: streamlining the FISA process, flexibility in pursuing foreign targets, and immunity for telecommunications companies who handed over information to the government. In the RESTORE Act, Congress has developed policy grants this flexibility and allows for an improved procedure, while recognizing changing technology and trends. It also grants broad authority to our security agencies to pursue foreign targets, while still affording Fourth Amendment protection to American citizens. The RESTORE Act grants broad latitude in pursuing individuals outside of the U.S. but requires that for surveillance of an American citizen to be conducted, a warrant must be obtained." (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Renews Pledge to Protect Social Security From Risky Privatization Proposals. 7 September 2006. "At a Capitol Hill rally, Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (CA-5) joined with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and her Democratic colleagues to renew her pledge to protect Social Security from the relentless attempts to undermine its stability by privatizing the program. Surrounded by hundreds of seniors, the rally launched the Americans United 'Golden Promise' Campaign to protect Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. "Our elderly Americans have spent many years working to raise families and improve the communities in which they live, and we must ensure they are treated fairly and with dignity as they age [¦] To protect our seniors from abuse, I will [¦] support legislation that protects [¦] SOCIAL SECURITY FROM REPUBLICAN PRIVATIZATION PLANS - Social Security is once again under assault by Congressional Republicans - A number of key Republicans have proposed to privatize and cut Social Security -- turning it over to the whims of Wall Street, just as President George W. Bush tried to do in 2005 - If President Bush and the Republicans had succeeded in 2005, seniors would have lost trillions more in the stock market meltdown of the Bush recession -- instead, no one lost a penny in Social Security - Social Security has been, for 75 years, a bedrock promise. Seniors have earned it with a lifetime of hard work, and it should be there for today's seniors and future generations- Democrats have kept privatization plans off the table this Congress and are working to strengthen Social Security. Social Security is not the cause of our budget deficits. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Concerns and Challenges Unique to our Seniors. 13 July 2012. "In Sacramento, people hold the feeling of community in high regards. Neighbors look out for one another, and take care of each other. Congresswoman Matsui believes that it is in that spirit that we must, as a society, take care of the seniors in the Sacramento region. She believes that those who are in the later stages of life should have access to comprehensive and affordable health care and support. She firmly believes that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits must be preserved. She is committed to helping her constituents navigate the oftentimes complex processes to make sure that they receive the maximum amount of assistance possible." (www.matsui.house.gov)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Republican 2012 Budget Plan. 14 April 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to voice my strong opposition to the Republican budget plan and its effects on America's seniors. I believe that we must address our national deficit, but I believe we can do it in a responsible manner that does not hinder our fragile economy and does not risk important programs [¦] The Republicans' 2012 budget attempts to do to Medicare what President Bush wanted to do to Social Security in 2005--privatize it and severely cut benefits. Madam Speaker, can you imagine if we had privatized Social Security in 2005 the way the Republicans wanted to do just before the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression? Is that what we really want to do with Medicare? We cannot afford to have Wall Street control the fate of our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Doris Matsui supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Concerns and Challenges Unique to our Seniors. 13 July 2012. "In Sacramento, people hold the feeling of community in high regards. Neighbors look out for one another, and take care of each other. Congresswoman Matsui believes that it is in that spirit that we must, as a society, take care of the seniors in the Sacramento region. She believes that those who are in the later stages of life should have access to comprehensive and affordable health care and support. She firmly believes that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits must be preserved. She is committed to helping her constituents navigate the oftentimes complex processes to make sure that they receive the maximum amount of assistance possible." (www.matsui.house.gov)
  • Doris O Matsui. Congresswoman Matsui Renews Pledge to Protect Social Security From Risky Privatization Proposals. 7 September 2006. "At a Capitol Hill rally, Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (CA-5) joined with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and her Democratic colleagues to renew her pledge to protect Social Security from the relentless attempts to undermine its stability by privatizing the program. Surrounded by hundreds of seniors, the rally launched the Americans United 'Golden Promise' Campaign to protect Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Republican 2012 Budget Plan. 14 April 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to voice my strong opposition to the Republican budget plan and its effects on America's seniors. I believe that we must address our national deficit, but I believe we can do it in a responsible manner that does not hinder our fragile economy and does not risk important programs [¦] The Republicans' 2012 budget attempts to do to Medicare what President Bush wanted to do to Social Security in 2005--privatize it and severely cut benefits. Madam Speaker, can you imagine if we had privatized Social Security in 2005 the way the Republicans wanted to do just before the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression? Is that what we really want to do with Medicare? We cannot afford to have Wall Street control the fate of our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. "Our elderly Americans have spent many years working to raise families and improve the communities in which they live, and we must ensure they are treated fairly and with dignity as they age [¦] To protect our seniors from abuse, I will [¦] support legislation that protects [¦] SOCIAL SECURITY FROM REPUBLICAN PRIVATIZATION PLANS - Social Security is once again under assault by Congressional Republicans - A number of key Republicans have proposed to privatize and cut Social Security -- turning it over to the whims of Wall Street, just as President George W. Bush tried to do in 2005 - If President Bush and the Republicans had succeeded in 2005, seniors would have lost trillions more in the stock market meltdown of the Bush recession -- instead, no one lost a penny in Social Security - Social Security has been, for 75 years, a bedrock promise. Seniors have earned it with a lifetime of hard work, and it should be there for today's seniors and future generations- Democrats have kept privatization plans off the table this Congress and are working to strengthen Social Security. Social Security is not the cause of our budget deficits. (votesmart.org)
  • Doris O. Matsui. 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." (votesmart.org)

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