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Juan Vargas' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 51, Democratic
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Juan Vargas has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Juan Vargas 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

  • 100% Rating in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Michael Gardner. 10 News: U-T: Fight Over Kehoe Abortion Bill Escalates. 23 April 2012. "Vargas, who could not be immediately reached for comment, is personally opposed to abortion but has supported women's reproductive rights in the past. Planned Parenthood has given him favorable ratings." (www.10news.com)
  • San Diego News. 10 News: Vargas May Influence Fate Of Abortion Bill. 23 April 2012. "Vargas was in Sacramento during the rally and did not respond to requests for comment. He said he's personally opposed to abortion but has publicly supported women's reproductive rights." (www.10news.com)
  • 0% Rating in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
  • 100% Rating in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Michael Gardner. 10 News: U-T: Fight Over Kehoe Abortion Bill Escalates. 23 April 2012. "Vargas, who could not be immediately reached for comment, is personally opposed to abortion but has supported women's reproductive rights in the past. Planned Parenthood has given him favorable ratings." (www.10news.com)
  • San Diego News. 10 News: Vargas May Influence Fate Of Abortion Bill. 23 April 2012. "Vargas was in Sacramento during the rally and did not respond to requests for comment. He said he's personally opposed to abortion but has publicly supported women's reproductive rights." (www.10news.com)
  • 0% Rating in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Allison K. Sampité. The Star-News: Taking Another Stab at Congress. 2 June 2012. "Vargas previously opposed Social Security and Medicare cuts and fought to eliminate tax breaks for large corporations and multi-millionaires." (www.thestarnews.com)
  • Allison K. Sampité. The Star-News: Taking Another Stab at Congress. 2 June 2012. "Vargas previously opposed Social Security and Medicare cuts and fought to eliminate tax breaks for large corporations and multi-millionaires." (www.thestarnews.com)
  • Juan Vargas. Official E-Newsletter of District 40. 21 June 2012. "I plan on finding the right balance between cuts and revenue sources and I will fight to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not disproportionately impacted." (senweb03.senate.ca.gov)
  • Juan Vargas. Official E-Newsletter of District 40. 21 June 2012. "I plan on finding the right balance between cuts and revenue sources and I will fight to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not disproportionately impacted." (senweb03.senate.ca.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Juan Vargas. Senator Vargas' 'Imperial Valley Job Preservation Resolution' clears first major hearing, heads to Senate floor. 25 August 2011. In reference to SJR 13 to prevent the proposed outsourcing of jobs to Mexico, which would be a loss of $4.5 million in human capital investment in Imperial County at a time when Imperial County is experiencing the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 30.2 percent, Candidate Vargas says, "The resolution emphasizes the importance of promoting independence from imported energy and upholding California's working and environmental standards. Imperial County is ready, willing and able to produce the renewable energy that is needed to support our region and this is our opportunity to help put thousands of people back to work. We must fight to ensure that the federal government knows that our local workforce comes first!" (sd40.senate.ca.gov)
  • Juan Vargas. Issue Position: Issues. 26 March 2012. "My public policy priorities are: Good paying jobs for trained workers; Solar and green power economic growth; Educational opportunity for all children; In-home supportive healthcare services for the aged and infirmed; Fixing the budget mess created by the politicians currently in Sacramento." (votesmart.org)
  • Juan Vargas. Senator Vargas Introduces Imperial Valley Job Preservation Resolution. 16 August 2011. "I'm urging our federal government to invest in our local workforce. Families in Imperial County need these jobs and we should fight hard to keep them!" (sd40.senate.ca.gov)
  • Juan Vargas. Senator Vargas' 'Imperial Valley Job Preservation Resolution' clears first major hearing, heads to Senate floor. 25 August 2011. In reference to SJR 13 to prevent the proposed outsourcing of jobs to Mexico, which would be a loss of $4.5 million in human capital investment in Imperial County at a time when Imperial County is experiencing the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 30.2 percent, Candidate Vargas says, "The resolution emphasizes the importance of promoting independence from imported energy and upholding California's working and environmental standards. Imperial County is ready, willing and able to produce the renewable energy that is needed to support our region and this is our opportunity to help put thousands of people back to work. We must fight to ensure that the federal government knows that our local workforce comes first!" (sd40.senate.ca.gov)
  • Juan Vargas. Issue Position: Issues. 26 March 2012. "My public policy priorities are: Good paying jobs for trained workers; Solar and green power economic growth; Educational opportunity for all children; In-home supportive healthcare services for the aged and infirmed; Fixing the budget mess created by the politicians currently in Sacramento." (votesmart.org)
  • Juan Vargas. Senator Vargas Introduces Imperial Valley Job Preservation Resolution. 16 August 2011. "I'm urging our federal government to invest in our local workforce. Families in Imperial County need these jobs and we should fight hard to keep them!" (sd40.senate.ca.gov)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • vote: (votesmart.org)
  • Vote Yea - 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. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Juan Vargas. AB 32. California Legislature 2006 Session. Greenhouse Gases Emission Limits. Juan Vargas voted Yea on 31 August 2006. Project Vote Smart summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Allison K. Sampité. The Star-News: Taking Another Stab at Congress. 2 June 2012. "Vargas said the most impactful bill he co-founded was AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, setting in place infrastructure for renewable energy in the state. 'We said that global warming is real and that California needs to do something about it,' he said. 'I think it set a tone for the nation that green energy is important.'" (www.thestarnews.com)
  • Allison K. Sampité. The Star-News: Taking Another Stab at Congress. 2 June 2012. "Vargas said the most impactful bill he co-founded was AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, setting in place infrastructure for renewable energy in the state. 'We said that global warming is real and that California needs to do something about it,' he said. 'I think it set a tone for the nation that green energy is important.'" (www.thestarnews.com)
  • Juan Vargas. AB 32. California Legislature 2006 Session. Greenhouse Gases Emission Limits. Juan Vargas voted Yea on 31 August 2006. Project Vote Smart summary: (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "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." (votesmart.org)
  • 2013 Gun Owners of America - Positions 10%2012 Gun Owners of America - Ratings on Gun Rights - Elected to 113th Congress [12/2012] 17%2012 National Rifle Association - Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 0%
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "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." (votesmart.org)
  • 2013 Gun Owners of America - Positions 10%2012 Gun Owners of America - Ratings on Gun Rights - Elected to 113th Congress [12/2012] 17%2012 National Rifle Association - Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 0%
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "This week, the House will vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which it has already done thirty-six times. Your justification for another unnecessary repeal vote has been that it allows freshmen members their first formal opportunity to let their constituents know where they stand on repeal. However, you have not allowed freshmen the same opportunity to vote on a balanced alternative to replace sequestration." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "This week, the House will vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which it has already done thirty-six times. Your justification for another unnecessary repeal vote has been that it allows freshmen members their first formal opportunity to let their constituents know where they stand on repeal. However, you have not allowed freshmen the same opportunity to vote on a balanced alternative to replace sequestration." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "We urge you to ensure that efforts to enroll Hispanics remain a priority in California. We remain committed to carrying out the true intent of the Affordable Care Act and ensuring equal opportunity enrollment for all of our California communities is fundamental to that effort. We look forward to developing solutions to expand the enrollment of Covered California and are willing to help in any way possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "We urge you to ensure that efforts to enroll Hispanics remain a priority in California. We remain committed to carrying out the true intent of the Affordable Care Act and ensuring equal opportunity enrollment for all of our California communities is fundamental to that effort. We look forward to developing solutions to expand the enrollment of Covered California and are willing to help in any way possible." (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

  • Tom Blair. San Diego Magazine: Juan Vargas. May 2006. "The bill that came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee sets up a process I think will work. Make people jump through hoops before they're able to stay here in any long-term sense. Make sure they're not criminals, that they pay any taxes they may not have paid and that they get fined for coming here illegally. Once you do all that, then people can begin the process toward permanent residency. We want to make sure the people we ultimately allow to live here are good people, who'll abide by the laws and be good neighbors." (www.sandiegomagazine.com)
  • Tom Blair. San Diego Magazine: Juan Vargas. May 2006. "The bill that came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee sets up a process I think will work. Make people jump through hoops before they're able to stay here in any long-term sense. Make sure they're not criminals, that they pay any taxes they may not have paid and that they get fined for coming here illegally. Once you do all that, then people can begin the process toward permanent residency. We want to make sure the people we ultimately allow to live here are good people, who'll abide by the laws and be good neighbors." (www.sandiegomagazine.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "Today, U.S. Representatives Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Joe Crowley (NY-14) and David Cicilline (RI-1) led a bipartisan letter to the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament expressing their concerns about draft Ukrainian laws that violate the fundamental human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies -- specifically the freedoms of assembly and expression." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Ainsworth. UT San Diego: Gay marriage bill backers seeking revival in Senate. 29 June 2005. "We've moved the issue of civil rights for gays and lesbians a long way in the last five years [¦] I think it's appropriate now to catch our breath and allow things to settle down." (www.utsandiego.com)
  • Mark Gabrish Conlan. Zenger's Newsmagazine: Queer Democrats Split in 51st District Congressional Race. 1 March 2012. "I do believe there's a separation of church and state, and a very strong one," Vargas said. "The government should not baptize people or have any involvement with issues you deal with with your own self, your church, your group. I voted against Proposition 8 and I'm totally against the Defense of Marriage Act [the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman] because it's government deciding what marriage is. I do respect, agree with and accept marriage between Gay and Lesbian people, between a man and a man or a woman and a woman, if a church or a group decides to do it." But, Vargas added, "Do I think the government should marry people? No, I don't. I think there should be a strict separation between government and church. That being said, obviously we do have civil marriages. I voted twice against the [California marriage-equality] bill when it was simply the government marrying people. I wasn't there for the vote on the Leno bill [which would have given same-sex couples equal access to civil marriage but guaranteed churches the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples], but I would have voted for it because it made the distinction that the government isn't marrying people, it's simply recognizing marriage " which I'm in favor of." (zengersmag.blogspot.com)
  • 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)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "Issuing an executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT workers in federal contracts would build on the significant progress for LGBT rights made during your time as President and would further your legacy as a champion for LGBT equality. We urge you to act now to prevent irrational, taxpayer-funded workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "Today, U.S. Representatives Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Joe Crowley (NY-14) and David Cicilline (RI-1) led a bipartisan letter to the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament expressing their concerns about draft Ukrainian laws that violate the fundamental human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies -- specifically the freedoms of assembly and expression." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Ainsworth. UT San Diego: Gay marriage bill backers seeking revival in Senate. 29 June 2005. "We've moved the issue of civil rights for gays and lesbians a long way in the last five years [¦] I think it's appropriate now to catch our breath and allow things to settle down." (www.utsandiego.com)
  • Mark Gabrish Conlan. Zenger's Newsmagazine: Queer Democrats Split in 51st District Congressional Race. 1 March 2012. "I do believe there's a separation of church and state, and a very strong one," Vargas said. "The government should not baptize people or have any involvement with issues you deal with with your own self, your church, your group. I voted against Proposition 8 and I'm totally against the Defense of Marriage Act [the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman] because it's government deciding what marriage is. I do respect, agree with and accept marriage between Gay and Lesbian people, between a man and a man or a woman and a woman, if a church or a group decides to do it." But, Vargas added, "Do I think the government should marry people? No, I don't. I think there should be a strict separation between government and church. That being said, obviously we do have civil marriages. I voted twice against the [California marriage-equality] bill when it was simply the government marrying people. I wasn't there for the vote on the Leno bill [which would have given same-sex couples equal access to civil marriage but guaranteed churches the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples], but I would have voted for it because it made the distinction that the government isn't marrying people, it's simply recognizing marriage " which I'm in favor of." (zengersmag.blogspot.com)
  • 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)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "Issuing an executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT workers in federal contracts would build on the significant progress for LGBT rights made during your time as President and would further your legacy as a champion for LGBT equality. We urge you to act now to prevent irrational, taxpayer-funded workplace discrimination against LGBT 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Juan Vargas. Welcome. 26 March 2012. "I am committed to ensuring quality public safety, preserving equality, and protecting vital services for children, the poor, and the elderly, such as Medicare and Social Security." (www.votevargas.com)
  • Juan Vargas. Welcome. 26 March 2012. "I am committed to ensuring quality public safety, preserving equality, and protecting vital services for children, the poor, and the elderly, such as Medicare and Social Security." (www.votevargas.com)

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