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Karen Bass' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 37, Democratic
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Karen Bass has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Karen Bass 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

  • Rated 100% in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Karen Bass in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Karen Bass in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Karen Bass in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Karen Bass voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Vote "No" on H.R. 3. 3 May 2011. "H.R. 3 has outrageous provisions that would end comprehensive private health insurance coverage and reduce women's access to abortion care in many ways. H.R. 3 manipulates the Tax Code to restrict access to comprehensive care. The bill raises taxes on individuals and small businesses with insurance plans that cover abortion, forcing them to drop their health insurance plan. H.R. 3 is an unprecedented attempt to deny access to full reproductive care. I urge my colleagues to vote 'no' on this radical antichoice bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Rated 0% in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
  • Rated 100% in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Karen Bass. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Karen Bass voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Vote "No" on H.R. 3. 3 May 2011. "H.R. 3 has outrageous provisions that would end comprehensive private health insurance coverage and reduce women's access to abortion care in many ways. H.R. 3 manipulates the Tax Code to restrict access to comprehensive care. The bill raises taxes on individuals and small businesses with insurance plans that cover abortion, forcing them to drop their health insurance plan. H.R. 3 is an unprecedented attempt to deny access to full reproductive care. I urge my colleagues to vote 'no' on this radical antichoice bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Karen Bass voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Karen Bass in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Karen Bass in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Karen Bass in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Karen Bass voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Rated 0% in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
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

  • Karen Bass. Twitter: @RepKarenBass. 19 April 2012. "R's 'small biz tax cut' bill #HR9 gives an average tax cut of $58,800 to 125,000 millionaires & doesn't require them to hire 1 person!" (twitter.com)
  • Karen Bass. Education Week - Amendment Offered to Stop Student-Loan Interest-Rate Hike. 22 March 2012. "Bass proposes paying for the lost revenue that would result from the amendment by [¦] cancelling the tax cuts for millionaires after they expire at the end of 2012." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Huffington Post: Now Is Our Time. 20 September 2011. "There is a balanced approach, asking all Americans to bear part of the burden. For millionaires and billionaires, that means having to pay their fair share." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • Karen Bass. Twitter: @RepKarenBass. 19 April 2012. "R's 'small biz tax cut' bill #HR9 gives an average tax cut of $58,800 to 125,000 millionaires & doesn't require them to hire 1 person!" (twitter.com)
  • Karen Bass. Education Week - Amendment Offered to Stop Student-Loan Interest-Rate Hike. 22 March 2012. "Bass proposes paying for the lost revenue that would result from the amendment by [¦] cancelling the tax cuts for millionaires after they expire at the end of 2012." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Huffington Post: Now Is Our Time. 20 September 2011. "There is a balanced approach, asking all Americans to bear part of the burden. For millionaires and billionaires, that means having to pay their fair share." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Karen Bass. The 2011 Continuing Resolution. 16 February 2011."Mr. Speaker, reducing the unemployment rate is the most important challenge facing this country. The most promising new source of economic growth and job creation is in our public infrastructure system, from roads and bridges to broadband and air traffic control systems to a new energy grid. I commend President Obama for his leadership in crafting a budget proposal for fiscal year 2012, for his leadership in crafting this budget proposal that focuses Federal dollars on rebuilding America's infrastructure, which USA Today describes as 'a massive job creation engine, with plans to generate millions of jobs by repairing and expanding highways, bridges, and railways.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. House Unanimously Approves Legislation to Improve Oversight of Broadband Stimulus Dollars. 5 October 2011."This legislation is a taxpayer protection measure and will ensure that our law is definitive and quick to reclaim funds if there is reason to terminate an award for reasons of waste, fraud or insufficient performance. It only makes sense that Congress requires an accounting of how these funds are being spent and what the American taxpayer is getting for them. Our efforts should be centered on ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and on maximizing the potential for economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Republican Spending Plan Does Nothing to Address Jobs, Unemployment. 16 February 2011. "Mr. Speaker,reducing unemployment rate is the most important challenge facing this county and unlike my Republican colleagues JOBS is my NUMBER ONE priority. The most promising new source of economic growth and job creation is in our public infrastructure system from roads and bridges to broadband and air traffic control systems to a new energy grid. And I commend President Obama for his leadership in crafting a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2012 that focuses federal investments on rebuilding America's infrastructure which USA Today described as 'a massive job-creation engine, with plans to generate millions of them by repairing and expanding highways, bridges and railways.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Stark, CA Democratic Delegation Oppose Republican Proposal to Slash Transportation Funding. 3 August 2011. "In order to compete in the global market, we must invest in our infrastructure as our biggest competitor already does. China spends 9 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually on infrastructure, while the U.S. spends less than 2 percent. More startling is the fact that the U.S. spends 40 percent less than it needs every year to improve the outdated backbone of our country[...]We urge you to reconsider the overall funding level for the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act. Our national infrastructure is failing and we cannot afford to cut funding if the cost is the success of our commerce and economic growth. We look forward to working with you to address our country's infrastructure needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. The 2011 Continuing Resolution. 16 February 2011."Mr. Speaker, reducing the unemployment rate is the most important challenge facing this country. The most promising new source of economic growth and job creation is in our public infrastructure system, from roads and bridges to broadband and air traffic control systems to a new energy grid. I commend President Obama for his leadership in crafting a budget proposal for fiscal year 2012, for his leadership in crafting this budget proposal that focuses Federal dollars on rebuilding America's infrastructure, which USA Today describes as 'a massive job creation engine, with plans to generate millions of jobs by repairing and expanding highways, bridges, and railways.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. House Unanimously Approves Legislation to Improve Oversight of Broadband Stimulus Dollars. 5 October 2011."This legislation is a taxpayer protection measure and will ensure that our law is definitive and quick to reclaim funds if there is reason to terminate an award for reasons of waste, fraud or insufficient performance. It only makes sense that Congress requires an accounting of how these funds are being spent and what the American taxpayer is getting for them. Our efforts should be centered on ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and on maximizing the potential for economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Republican Spending Plan Does Nothing to Address Jobs, Unemployment. 16 February 2011. "Mr. Speaker,reducing unemployment rate is the most important challenge facing this county and unlike my Republican colleagues JOBS is my NUMBER ONE priority. The most promising new source of economic growth and job creation is in our public infrastructure system from roads and bridges to broadband and air traffic control systems to a new energy grid. And I commend President Obama for his leadership in crafting a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2012 that focuses federal investments on rebuilding America's infrastructure which USA Today described as 'a massive job-creation engine, with plans to generate millions of them by repairing and expanding highways, bridges and railways.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Stark, CA Democratic Delegation Oppose Republican Proposal to Slash Transportation Funding. 3 August 2011. "In order to compete in the global market, we must invest in our infrastructure as our biggest competitor already does. China spends 9 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually on infrastructure, while the U.S. spends less than 2 percent. More startling is the fact that the U.S. spends 40 percent less than it needs every year to improve the outdated backbone of our country[...]We urge you to reconsider the overall funding level for the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act. Our national infrastructure is failing and we cannot afford to cut funding if the cost is the success of our commerce and economic growth. We look forward to working with you to address our country's infrastructure needs." (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

  • Karen Bass. Assembly Passes Race to the Top Legislation. 6 January 2010. "Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), who worked to ensure the legislation addresses all reform areas under Race to the Top guidelines, said 'The Legislature and education stakeholders have worked to ensure our students are provided with challenging, national core academic standards, strategies to help turn around the lowest performing schools and improvements in how we use educational data in classroom instruction. These and other reforms clearly set the stage for the Governor to submit a competitive application for California to bring home a coveted Race to the Top grant.'" (yubanet.com)
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Local Issues. "Education-- Expand access to quality education for all. Address achievement gaps by ensuring excellent resources for all of our schools from Culver City to Los Angeles." votesmart.org/public-statement/691454/issue-position-local-issues/.
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "A strong investment in education is the best investment for a strong economy and our future competitiveness in the global economy. I am committed to strengthening our K-12 public school system, supporting our teachers, and ensuring all children receive a first-class education. Reforms to No Child Left Behind must be made to end the one size fits all approach to learning and heavy emphasis on testing under the current education law. Jobs requiring at least a two-year degree will grow twice as fast in the coming years as jobs requiring no college degree. It is essential that our students are adequately prepared for college and the cost of college tuition is affordable" (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Assembly Passes Race to the Top Legislation. 6 January 2010. "Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), who worked to ensure the legislation addresses all reform areas under Race to the Top guidelines, said 'The Legislature and education stakeholders have worked to ensure our students are provided with challenging, national core academic standards, strategies to help turn around the lowest performing schools and improvements in how we use educational data in classroom instruction. These and other reforms clearly set the stage for the Governor to submit a competitive application for California to bring home a coveted Race to the Top grant.'" (yubanet.com)
  • Karen Bass. Huffington Post: The California Legislature Did Our Job on Race to the Top --Will Governor Schwarzenegger Cross the Finish Line? 8 January 2010. "The Assembly had that in mind as we worked carefully these past few weeks to finalize legislation to improve our schools and keep California competitive for a share of $4.3 billion in federal "Race to the Top" education grants. The Assembly passed a comprehensive bill that advances significant education reforms and helps the state meet the application deadline for Race to the Top. [¦] Together, these steps will improve the quality of education for our children. They also reflect both the spirit of Race to the Top and the rules released by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, which I and Assembly Education Committee Chair Julia Brownley discussed with Secretary Duncan before moving the Assembly proposal forward." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Local Issues. "Education-- Expand access to quality education for all. Address achievement gaps by ensuring excellent resources for all of our schools from Culver City to Los Angeles." votesmart.org/public-statement/691454/issue-position-local-issues/.
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "A strong investment in education is the best investment for a strong economy and our future competitiveness in the global economy. I am committed to strengthening our K-12 public school system, supporting our teachers, and ensuring all children receive a first-class education. Reforms to No Child Left Behind must be made to end the one size fits all approach to learning and heavy emphasis on testing under the current education law. Jobs requiring at least a two-year degree will grow twice as fast in the coming years as jobs requiring no college degree. It is essential that our students are adequately prepared for college and the cost of college tuition is affordable" (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Huffington Post: The California Legislature Did Our Job on Race to the Top --Will Governor Schwarzenegger Cross the Finish Line? 8 January 2010. "The Assembly had that in mind as we worked carefully these past few weeks to finalize legislation to improve our schools and keep California competitive for a share of $4.3 billion in federal "Race to the Top" education grants. The Assembly passed a comprehensive bill that advances significant education reforms and helps the state meet the application deadline for Race to the Top. [¦] Together, these steps will improve the quality of education for our children. They also reflect both the spirit of Race to the Top and the rules released by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, which I and Assembly Education Committee Chair Julia Brownley discussed with Secretary Duncan before moving the Assembly proposal forward." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 956 - Prohibits Pending Pipeline Permit Applications from Receiving Automatic Approval - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 3301 that exempts pending projects from the provisions of the bill that prohibit a Presidential permit from being required for any oil or natural gas pipeline or any cross border segment with Canada or Mexico.
  • vote: (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law."
  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law."
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Protecting our Environment. 1 January 2012. "Combating climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing both our nation and the entire international community. In order to address these issues, we must invest in new technology and renewable resources that meet America's increasing energy needs and protect both the environment and national security. Investing in cleaner, more cost-effective energy will reduce the effects of global warming, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create clean energy jobs here in America." votesmart.org/public-statement/691448/issue-position-protecting-our-environment/.
  • Karen Bass. Legislative Work. 11 April 2011. "Congress cannot and should not be in the business of manipulating science to fit into political agendas. The Clean Air Act, and the EPA's ability to enforce it, has saved over 160,000 lives in 2010 alone, according to a new report by the EPA. As both sides continue to debate the role of government in American society, surely we can both agree that government has an obligation to protect its citizens from environmental threats. Air pollution is a health risk both to ourselves and the environment of which we are a part, and efforts to dismantle our ability to regulate it are misguided at best, and dangerous at worst. The Congress has an obligation to support the Clean Air Act and the EPA's ability to enforce it, and I am proud to stand alongside my colleagues like Senators Boxer and Feinstein in protecting Californians' right to clean air." (karenbass.house.gov)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Karen Bass in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Karen Bass in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Karen Bass voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Protecting our Environment. 1 January 2012. "Combating climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing both our nation and the entire international community. In order to address these issues, we must invest in new technology and renewable resources that meet America's increasing energy needs and protect both the environment and national security. Investing in cleaner, more cost-effective energy will reduce the effects of global warming, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create clean energy jobs here in America." votesmart.org/public-statement/691448/issue-position-protecting-our-environment/.
  • Karen Bass. Legislative Work. 11 April 2011. "Congress cannot and should not be in the business of manipulating science to fit into political agendas. The Clean Air Act, and the EPA's ability to enforce it, has saved over 160,000 lives in 2010 alone, according to a new report by the EPA. As both sides continue to debate the role of government in American society, surely we can both agree that government has an obligation to protect its citizens from environmental threats. Air pollution is a health risk both to ourselves and the environment of which we are a part, and efforts to dismantle our ability to regulate it are misguided at best, and dangerous at worst. The Congress has an obligation to support the Clean Air Act and the EPA's ability to enforce it, and I am proud to stand alongside my colleagues like Senators Boxer and Feinstein in protecting Californians' right to clean air." (karenbass.house.gov)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Karen Bass in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Karen Bass in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Karen Bass voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns; e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns; f) Require background checks on gun sales between citizens at gun shows; g) Require a license for gun possession; h) Establish a database of ballistic 'fingerprints' to track guns used in criminal activities."
  • Rated 0% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
  • "Commonsense reforms such as universal background checks and ensuring health insurance plans cover mental health benefits are proposals that all Americans -- including NRA members can get behind. I urge my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to move quickly in enacting these reforms, including the reinstatement and strengthening of the assault weapons ban." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations released the following statement after the Senate failed to pass commonsense legislation extending background checks for all gun sales: "I'm disappointed with the Senate for voting against the wishes of 90 percent of the American people and the overwhelming majority of gun owners who agree that requiring background checks for all gun purchases not only helps to reduce crime, but also respects Second-Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Karen Bass in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Press Releases: U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Statement on the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. 18 November 2011. "I am disheartened that my colleagues in the House of Representatives would pass an irresponsible gun law when homicide of African American men between the ages of 15 to 34 in our communities is higher than ever. In fact, according to a 2006 study by the Center for Disease Control, homicide is the leading cause of death among Black men in this age group. This bill will only make it harder to bring these tragic numbers down. I'm committed to protecting every American against unnecessary violence and urge my colleagues in the Senate to vote no against this bill." (karenbass.house.gov)
  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns; e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns; f) Require background checks on gun sales between citizens at gun shows; g) Require a license for gun possession; h) Establish a database of ballistic 'fingerprints' to track guns used in criminal activities."
  • Rated 0% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
  • "Commonsense reforms such as universal background checks and ensuring health insurance plans cover mental health benefits are proposals that all Americans -- including NRA members can get behind. I urge my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to move quickly in enacting these reforms, including the reinstatement and strengthening of the assault weapons ban." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations released the following statement after the Senate failed to pass commonsense legislation extending background checks for all gun sales: "I'm disappointed with the Senate for voting against the wishes of 90 percent of the American people and the overwhelming majority of gun owners who agree that requiring background checks for all gun purchases not only helps to reduce crime, but also respects Second-Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Karen Bass in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Press Releases: U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Statement on the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. 18 November 2011. "I am disheartened that my colleagues in the House of Representatives would pass an irresponsible gun law when homicide of African American men between the ages of 15 to 34 in our communities is higher than ever. In fact, according to a 2006 study by the Center for Disease Control, homicide is the leading cause of death among Black men in this age group. This bill will only make it harder to bring these tragic numbers down. I'm committed to protecting every American against unnecessary violence and urge my colleagues in the Senate to vote no against this bill." (karenbass.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Karen Bass. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 8 July 208. "We made a commitment to states to support them as a part of the Affordable Care Act in the expansion of healthcare to all Americans. This includes expansion of Medicaid to nearly 17 million new individuals over the next decade. We established incentives for states to find the uninsured made newly eligible for the program by covering their full cost initially and 90% permanently. This proposal would retreat on that promise and undermine the health reform effort that we together worked so hard to achieve." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Media Center. 23 September 2011. "The Affordable Care Act, jobs in the health care industry, is one of the fastest growing industires. How are we going to provide medical service for 30 million people, if its not jobs? So, I think we really need to remember what was done in the 111th congress, and I think a great deal got passed when democrats were in control of both houses." (karenbass.house.gov)
  • Karen Bass. U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Votes No on Continued Republican Efforts to Dismantle Health Care Reform. 3 May 2011. "Already the Republican Majority has voted to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act and last month, voted to end Medicare as we know it. Many organizations including AARP, the American Hospital Association, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and American Cancer Society oppose the bill. "This bill seeks to further tear down the Affordable Care Act and is another Republican dead-ender that will go nowhere in the Senate. It is wrong to deny vital federal grant money to cash-starved states seeking to provide health insurance to its residents." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Health Care Reform Town Hall Recap. 28 November 2011. " I'm sorry we missed you at our Health Care Reform Town Hall this past Sunday. We had a packed auditorium and received hundreds of questions from the audience about the Affordable Care Act. During the town hall, I provided the political landscape for the Affordable Care Act in the 112th Congress. Republicans have made repeal and defunding health care reform their number one priority. I want to remind you of the need to get involved to protect the progress made by President Obama and the benefits under the new law." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Karen Bass voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "Health care should be a right not a privilege. However, tens of millions of Americans go uninsured or are burdened by the high costs of health care, putting the health of our communities and our country at risk. Last year's passage of Affordable Care Act ensures that every American has access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act also builds a strong health care workforce and promotes job creation. As my first act as a new Member of Congress, I voted against repealing this landmark bill and I will continue to ensure it is fully implemented." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011." As you know, there is longstanding precedent not to use appropriations bills to enact major changes in national policy, and the bills being reported from Appropriations subcommittees this year violate that precedent. While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda outside the regular order you so strongly advocated in the Pledge to America, which declares an end to "the practice of packaging unpopular bills with "must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 8 July 208. "We made a commitment to states to support them as a part of the Affordable Care Act in the expansion of healthcare to all Americans. This includes expansion of Medicaid to nearly 17 million new individuals over the next decade. We established incentives for states to find the uninsured made newly eligible for the program by covering their full cost initially and 90% permanently. This proposal would retreat on that promise and undermine the health reform effort that we together worked so hard to achieve." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Media Center. 23 September 2011. "The Affordable Care Act, jobs in the health care industry, is one of the fastest growing industires. How are we going to provide medical service for 30 million people, if its not jobs? So, I think we really need to remember what was done in the 111th congress, and I think a great deal got passed when democrats were in control of both houses." (karenbass.house.gov)
  • Karen Bass. U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Votes No on Continued Republican Efforts to Dismantle Health Care Reform. 3 May 2011. "Already the Republican Majority has voted to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act and last month, voted to end Medicare as we know it. Many organizations including AARP, the American Hospital Association, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and American Cancer Society oppose the bill. "This bill seeks to further tear down the Affordable Care Act and is another Republican dead-ender that will go nowhere in the Senate. It is wrong to deny vital federal grant money to cash-starved states seeking to provide health insurance to its residents." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Health Care Reform Town Hall Recap. 28 November 2011. " I'm sorry we missed you at our Health Care Reform Town Hall this past Sunday. We had a packed auditorium and received hundreds of questions from the audience about the Affordable Care Act. During the town hall, I provided the political landscape for the Affordable Care Act in the 112th Congress. Republicans have made repeal and defunding health care reform their number one priority. I want to remind you of the need to get involved to protect the progress made by President Obama and the benefits under the new law." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after voting against the latest House Republican efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act:"If the American people needed any more proof that House Republicans have absolutely no agenda for the future, then look no further than today's votes to try and delay key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The Republicans have made nearly 40 attempts at either repealing or undermining the Affordable Care Act even though they know this legislation will go nowhere in the Senate and would never be signed by the President." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Karen Bass voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "Health care should be a right not a privilege. However, tens of millions of Americans go uninsured or are burdened by the high costs of health care, putting the health of our communities and our country at risk. Last year's passage of Affordable Care Act ensures that every American has access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act also builds a strong health care workforce and promotes job creation. As my first act as a new Member of Congress, I voted against repealing this landmark bill and I will continue to ensure it is fully implemented." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011." As you know, there is longstanding precedent not to use appropriations bills to enact major changes in national policy, and the bills being reported from Appropriations subcommittees this year violate that precedent. While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda outside the regular order you so strongly advocated in the Pledge to America, which declares an end to "the practice of packaging unpopular bills with "must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after voting against the latest House Republican efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act:"If the American people needed any more proof that House Republicans have absolutely no agenda for the future, then look no further than today's votes to try and delay key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The Republicans have made nearly 40 attempts at either repealing or undermining the Affordable Care Act even though they know this legislation will go nowhere in the Senate and would never be signed by the President." (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

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  • Karen Bass. U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Statement on Obama Administration DREAM Act-Eligible Youth Provision. 15 June 2012. "As President Obama stated during today's announcement of the new Homeland Security directive, this 'makes sense.' I applaud the President and Secretary Napolitano for their exceptional leadership and action to allow youth who are eligible for the DREAM Act to continue to call America home. This provision is a symbol of what America is all about and provides security for young people who have been raised and educated here the opportunity to officially grow roots in their communities and provide them with an outlet to fuel their desire to build a stronger nation together." (votesmart.org)
  • Karen Bass. U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Statement on Obama Administration DREAM Act-Eligible Youth Provision. 15 June 2012. "As President Obama stated during today's announcement of the new Homeland Security directive, this 'makes sense.' I applaud the President and Secretary Napolitano for their exceptional leadership and action to allow youth who are eligible for the DREAM Act to continue to call America home. This provision is a symbol of what America is all about and provides security for young people who have been raised and educated here the opportunity to officially grow roots in their communities and provide them with an outlet to fuel their desire to build a stronger nation together." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "k) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?" Selected NO for: "l) Should California restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Karen Bass. Karen Bass Receives Key Endorsements from Human Rights Campaign, Korean American Democratic Committee, Mexican American Bar Association. 15 August 2012. "The Human Rights Campaign PAC is honored to support Karen Bass (D) for the U.S. House from California's 33rd District," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "As a member of the California Assembly, Bass had an impeccable record on equality issues, including her votes for marriage equality and for a resolution opposing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy; Bass also worked to defeat Proposition 8. [¦] "I am honored to be endorsed by such a diverse set of organizations," said Bass. "Their approval of my candidacy is a testament to how important is to bring groups together to form a common ground so that we may tackle the tough issues that we face." (www.karenbass.com)
  • Rated 100% in 2014 by Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage
  • Joint Press Release - PR Text Includes: "Section 3 defines marriage for purposes of federal law as "only a legal union between one man and one woman," excluding same-sex couples from all marriage-based federal responsibilities and rights. A total of 172 Members of the House and 40 Members of the Senate -- including LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chairs Jared Polis (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Mark Takano (D-CA), as well as Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) -- signed onto the brief.These 212 Members decided to participate as amici in this case because they want the Supreme Court to hear the full story from Congress, and to explain why they believe that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional." (votesmart.org)
  • Washington Post: Karen Bass (D-Calif.): U.S. Representative (since January 2011). 5 July 2012. "A supporter of gay rights, Bass voted in favor of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in California and she supports repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'" (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Karen Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "k) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?" Selected NO for: "l) Should California restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Karen Bass. Karen Bass Receives Key Endorsements from Human Rights Campaign, Korean American Democratic Committee, Mexican American Bar Association. 15 August 2012. "The Human Rights Campaign PAC is honored to support Karen Bass (D) for the U.S. House from California's 33rd District," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "As a member of the California Assembly, Bass had an impeccable record on equality issues, including her votes for marriage equality and for a resolution opposing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy; Bass also worked to defeat Proposition 8. [¦] "I am honored to be endorsed by such a diverse set of organizations," said Bass. "Their approval of my candidacy is a testament to how important is to bring groups together to form a common ground so that we may tackle the tough issues that we face." (www.karenbass.com)
  • Rated 100% in 2014 by Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage
  • Joint Press Release - PR Text Includes: "Section 3 defines marriage for purposes of federal law as "only a legal union between one man and one woman," excluding same-sex couples from all marriage-based federal responsibilities and rights. A total of 172 Members of the House and 40 Members of the Senate -- including LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chairs Jared Polis (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Mark Takano (D-CA), as well as Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) -- signed onto the brief.These 212 Members decided to participate as amici in this case because they want the Supreme Court to hear the full story from Congress, and to explain why they believe that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional." (votesmart.org)
  • Washington Post: Karen Bass (D-Calif.): U.S. Representative (since January 2011). 5 July 2012. "A supporter of gay rights, Bass voted in favor of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in California and she supports repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'" (www.washingtonpost.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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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

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  • The Open Daily: Obama Talks Economy and Hope During Campaign Fundraiser. 21 April 2011. "'I've been in office three and half months and I can't tell you how important it is for us to make sure Obama is re-elected,' Congresswoman Bass said. 'We cannot have Medicare ended and Social Security privatized.'" (theopendaily.com)
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. "Social Security is one of the most effective programs in our country's history. It serves as a foundation for retirement security that keeps our seniors from living in poverty. Millions of Americans depend on Social Security benefits and the program must be protected and strengthened to ensure its continuation for future generations. The Republican leadership is once again at work looking to break the promise we have forever made to our seniors. Democrats will never allow for Social Security to be privatized, under no circumstances." (votesmart.org)
  • The Open Daily: Obama Talks Economy and Hope During Campaign Fundraiser. 21 April 2011. "'I've been in office three and half months and I can't tell you how important it is for us to make sure Obama is re-elected,' Congresswoman Bass said. 'We cannot have Medicare ended and Social Security privatized.'" (theopendaily.com)
  • Karen Bass. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. "Social Security is one of the most effective programs in our country's history. It serves as a foundation for retirement security that keeps our seniors from living in poverty. Millions of Americans depend on Social Security benefits and the program must be protected and strengthened to ensure its continuation for future generations. The Republican leadership is once again at work looking to break the promise we have forever made to our seniors. Democrats will never allow for Social Security to be privatized, under no circumstances." (votesmart.org)

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California State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Greatly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Increaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Increaseh) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
Greatly Increasel) Other or expanded categories

oil severance fees

Yesm) Should Internet sales be taxed?
n) What are your proposals for balancing California's budget? (50 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space provided is not adequate.)

I believe it is essential that we keep public services in place. I will support creating new sources of revenue by taking such steps as closing corporate tax loopholes, putting in place and oil severance tax (as every other oil producing state does) and reinstating the top income tax bracket.

o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Noa) Do you support the current two term, eight year term limit for California governors?
Nob) Do you support the current two term, eight year term limit for California state senators?
Noc) Do you support the current three term, six year term limit for California assembly members?
d) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesf) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesi) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in California are closed?
Yesj) Do you support providing human services (medical care, education, etc.) for legal immigrants and their children?
Yesk) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nol) Should California restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support the use of the death penalty in California.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
g) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xh) Amend the three-strikes law so that it is applied only when the third offense is a serious or violent felony.
i) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xj) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

expand community-based policing and include law enforcement in a broader range of prevention activities and community-based social programs

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
Xn) Support funding for multilingual education.
Xo) Other or expanded principles

Increase parent and teacher involvement in decision making

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Create a 'living wage' standard for state employees and firms accepting state contracts.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
a) College and university admissions
b) Public employment
c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Diversity is an asset. No one should be excluded because of ethnicity or gender, and it should be considered as one of many factors.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Xd) Support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Xe) Ban drilling for oil and gas in waters off the California coast.
f) Support a bond for construction of a high-speed train linking the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles via the Central Valley.
Xg) Increase funding for open space preservation.
Xh) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xe) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
Xh) Establish a database of ballistic 'fingerprints' to track guns used in criminal activities.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in California.
Xh) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xi) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xj) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
e) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xf) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
g) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
i) Maintain current spending levels for affordable housing.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

Expand funding for affordable housing

On an attached page, in a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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