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Doris Matsui's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 6, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 6
Robert Evans
(Running)
Republican
Mario Galvan
(Running)
No Party Preference
Jrmar Jefferson
(Running)
Democratic
Yuriy Seretskiy
(Running)
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Doris Matsui has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • “This legislation would ban abortions after 20 weeks nationwide with no exceptions to protect a woman's health and with the most narrow exceptions for rape or incest. I have always believed that such a deeply personal issue can only be made by the woman herself in consultation with her doctor and her most trusted loved ones.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/793651/pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.Vafv4nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28593/doris-matsui#.Vn9Gw2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I am committed to protecting a woman's right to choose as laid out in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, and am actively working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to do so.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/481112/matsui-statement-on-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade#.Vm8Ev2wViko (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

  • “This week, the Senate will take up legislation to enact the Buffett Rule, which will ensure that people making over $1 million per year do not pay a lower tax rate than middle class Americans. It is my hope that the Buffett Rule passes the Senate, and I will continue advocating for House leadership to bring this legislation to the floor for a vote.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686731/matsui-statement-on-tax-day#.Vafx63UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “For too long, our tax code has benefitted the wealthiest and special interests while our middle class has suffered. If millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share, not only will we have greater equity in our tax code, we will also be able to invest in our country's economy, pay down our nation's debt, and strengthen our middle class.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686731/matsui-statement-on-tax-day#.VafyHXUVhHx (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We must find a balanced approach to debt reduction that decreases spending and raises revenue, that does so within the legislative process, and that does not put American families and seniors at risk.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629225/matsui-votes-against-unbalanced-debt-deal#.Vaf62XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Today I once again voted against a Republican Ryan budget that is nothing more than another attack on seniors, students, workers, and middle class families. It would hinder our country's path to economic recovery in exchange for protecting tax loopholes for the wealthy and special interests.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/863924/congresswoman-matsui-issues-report-on-how-the-ryan-republican-budget-will-affect-californians#.Vafz6nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I am pleased that the House came together this evening to pass The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. While this bill is not perfect, it provides middle class families the certainty they need and deserve, while ensuring our economy continues on the road to recovery and our unemployment rate continues to decline.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/758537/rep-matsui-statement-on-house-passage-of-the-american-taxpayer-relief-act-of-2012#.VafwhHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “For too long, our tax code has benefitted the wealthiest and special interests while our middle class has suffered. If millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share, not only will we have greater equity in our tax code, we will also be able to invest in our country's economy, pay down our nation's debt, and strengthen our middle class.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686731/matsui-statement-on-tax-day#.VafyHXUVhHx (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Investing in research and STEM education will help our country take the lead in scientific, technological and economic advancement.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/575118/congresswoman-matsui-helps-advance-american-innovation-stem-education-rd#.Vaf8lnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “During the 113th Congress, we will hopefully work to overhaul and improve No Child Left Behind and the Education and Secondary School Act (ESEA) so that the law finally lives up to its promise: to provide an equal and excellent education for every child in America. We need to ensure that every child can be taught by a great teacher and that those teachers are properly supported.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/981624/issue-position-education/?search=no%20child#.Vm8MlGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “During the 113th Congress, we will hopefully work to overhaul and improve No Child Left Behind and the Education and Secondary School Act (ESEA) so that the law finally lives up to its promise: to provide an equal and excellent education for every child in America.” http://matsui.house.gov/education1/ (matsui.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VablTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry – representing jobs in all fifty states – to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses.” http://loebsack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/wind_ptc-itc_extension_letter_final_3.21.2014.pdf (loebsack.house.gov)
  • “Investing in clean energy technology is essential to creating jobs, strengthening our economy, and addressing both our national security and environmental needs. In order to move our nation towards a clean energy economy we must have a national assistance program that promotes American clean energy technology exports.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953437/congresswoman-matsui-introduces-legislation-to-boost-clean-energy-manufacturing-and-exports#.VagATXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “These standards set the first national limits on the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be allowed to emit. Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution, and these commonsense standards are moving us closer to mitigating the devastating effects of climate change.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/811684/climate-change#.VagAzXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I am pleased that the Administration today took a big step forward in turning the tide of dangerous climate change by placing sensible limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/873689/congresswoman-matsui-applauds-epa-for-first-ever-carbon-pollution-standard-for-existing-sources#.VagBHXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “While I respect a citizen's right to bear arms, I feel strongly that the government must take some common-sense steps to promote responsible gun ownership and to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767828/congresswoman-matsui-statement-on-the-introduction-of-senator-feinsteins-federal-assault-weapons-ban#.Vm8P7WwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VagBc3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaig.n to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “It has been five years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, and American families are reaping the benefits. This law has opened up access to affordable, reliable health coverage, putting it in reach of all Americans.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960384/congresswoman-matsui-celebrates-the-5th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.VagCw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I rise today in strong opposition to the Rule and the underlying legislation. Here we go again. This bill marks yet another attempt by the Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but the first time after implementation of many provisions that Americans rely on.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953404/congresswoman-matsui-argues-against-affordable-care-act-repeal#.VagClnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings.” http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
  • “As a 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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/709813/matsui-statement-on-obama-administrations-immigration-policy-announcement#.VagDKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796025/congresswoman-matsui-statement-on-supreme-courts-ruling-in-favor-of-marriage-equality#.VagD1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees.” http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “There is a fundamental difference between these services and networks that manage infrastructure critical to public safety. Protecting the right to privacy and civil liberties are crucial in this effort, which is why I wrote to the Administration and urged them to take this into account when drafting this Executive Order.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767838/congresswoman-matsui-statement-on-the-presidents-executive-order-on-cybersecurity#.VagEoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I strongly condemn the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people in blatant and horrific violation of international law, human rights, and moral decency.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/811693/congresswoman-matsui-statement-on-presidents-address-on-syria#.VagEYXUVhHw (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

  • “We remain committed to making the changes that will extend solvency for 75 years, but Social Security has not contributed to our current fiscal problems and it should not be on the bargaining table.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766686/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-medicare-medicaid-and-social-security#.VagFcnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/interest-group/959/rating/7965 (votesmart.org)
  • “My colleagues and I are committed to improving the health and well-being of seniors, by protecting and strengthening Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/780596/house-democrats-relaunch-seniors-task-force#.VagGqnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

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

Inferred Answer

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

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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

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

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