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Linda T. Sánchez

Linda Sánchez's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Linda T. Sánchez
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 38, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 38
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: James; 4 Children: Joaquin, Brendan, Jack, Seamus
Birth Date: 01/28/1969
Birth Place: Orange, CA
Home City: Lakewood, CA
Religion: Catholic
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Linda Sánchez. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. Madam Speaker, today I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act. Instead of focusing on creating jobs, the House majority has decided instead to continue their relentless assault on women's rights and limit access to fair and adequate health care. Despite its name, this bill is not about protecting life. In fact, it is far from it. One provision in this bill would put women's lives in danger by allowing hospitals to refuse to provide life-saving abortion care even when a woman's life is in critical danger. This bill would also allow states to ostensibly deny critical non-abortion services to women. The Protect Life Act has the potential to undermine laws guaranteeing health care services well beyond those in the reproductive-health area. This could result in the denial of mental health care, HIV counseling, and other vital services. Current law is clear: Federal funding of abortion is forbidden except under very limited circumstances. This bill would impose unprecedented limitations on abortion coverage and restrict access to abortion services and contraceptives for all women. I urge my colleagues to reject this dangerous assault on women and I urge the majority to work on legislation that will put Americans back to work. (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Rep. Lofgren & CA Democratic Women Members Respond to Susan G. Komen Planned Parenthood Decision. 1 February 2012. "As the largest number of women legislators in Congress, we have come together to express our concern and displeasure over Susan G. Komen's decision. Caving to a Congressional right-wing witch hunt won't just hurt Planned Parenthood, it sets back women's health. [¦] For the sake of women's health we sincerely hope that Komen will reconsider their decision, and until then, we do not plan to work with the national foundation." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Statement of Rep. Linda Sánchez on Supreme Court Decision on Certain Abortion Procedures. 19 April 2007. "Congresswoman Linda Sánchez issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling yesterday to uphold a law banning certain abortion procedures. 'I find it deplorable that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a law that forbids doctors from performing medical procedures they deem necessary. The Court, by the narrowest of margins, has upheld this bad law that would force medical decisions to be made for political reasons. This decision is a sad step backwards for women and families, and it opens the door for further federal interference with intensely personal family planning decisions.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter to President Obama. 3 November 2011. "U.S. support of UNFPA is critical to the program's continued success. Yet, this support is under threat in Congress due to a systematic and baseless campaign of misinformation directed against UNFPA. It is time for the allegations and falsehoods to come to an end, and we want the record to clearly reflect that UNFPA does not support coercion in family planning, coercive abortions or forced sterilizations anywhere. Further, UNFPA rejects "one-child" policies and has vigorously advocated against them. And, since voluntary family planning helps prevent unplanned pregnancies, it also helps prevent abortions. [¦] The U.S. has long been a leader in ensuring safe and secure access for women around the world to contraceptives and other family planning services. From the Global Health Initiative to a strong U.S. commitment to reaching the Millennium Development Goals, we thank you for your unwavering efforts to foster the health and dignity of women worldwide. We remain your partners in ensuring the health and well-being of mothers and children across the globe." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Linda Sánchez a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Issue Position: Fighting for Women's Rights. 24 February 2012. "Linda has proven her dedication to advancing women's rights. She is fighting to ensure that every American woman receives equal treatment in the workplace and in schools. Linda is also a strong advocate for policies that protect women's health and the right to choose, and working to get more women and girls involved in their communities." (www.votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges. We propose: Ending the overseas contingency operations emergency supplementals and on-budget appropriations starting in Fiscal Year 2013, providing $170 billion in Fiscal Year 2012 to fund redeployment, while saving more than $1.8 trillion from current law spending levels over ten years. These reductions are substantial and robust. They will put us on the road to a more prosperous and secure future while advancing our national security interests. Exorbitant spending on failed wars that have killed thousands of Americans must not be exempt from budgetary scrutiny. before we ask American families to pitch in more, let's bring our troops home - and, in the process, our tax dollars home." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 27 June 2011. "We write to you with serious concerns about the pace of withdrawal of our American troops from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We applaud your announcement Wednesday of an initial withdrawal of 10,000 troops this year, but believe withdrawal should be dramatically accelerated. Like all Americans, we are deeply proud of the hard work and incredible sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, and we know they are carrying out the mission in Afghanistan with dedication and extraordinary competence. Throughout this nearly ten-year military campaign, they have done all we have asked of them, and represented our nation's very best values and ideals. But now, especially considering the recent death of Osama bin Laden, we believe the time has come to dramatically accelerate the reduction of our military presence in Afghanistan. We respectfully request that you accelerate your Administration's withdrawal plan so that the so-called 'surge troops' who were deployed in 2009 be redeployed by the end of this calendar year; with the additional goal of developing a plan to bring all of our remaining troops home safely and honorably by the end of next year." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Linda Sánchez. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges. We propose: Ending the overseas contingency operations emergency supplementals and on-budget appropriations starting in Fiscal Year 2013, providing $170 billion in Fiscal Year 2012 to fund redeployment, while saving more than $1.8 trillion from current law spending levels over ten years. These reductions are substantial and robust. They will put us on the road to a more prosperous and secure future while advancing our national security interests. Exorbitant spending on failed wars that have killed thousands of Americans must not be exempt from budgetary scrutiny. before we ask American families to pitch in more, let's bring our troops home - and, in the process, our tax dollars home." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "As your commission scrutinizes the federal budget and discretionary spending, we ask that you look closely at the Department of Defense in regard to the issues we have raised, and others. We hope that the report you release this coming December will subject military spending to the same rigorous scrutiny that non-military spending will receive, and that in so doing a consensus will be reached that significant cuts are necessary and can be made in a way that will not endanger national security. We strongly believe this to be the case, and we strongly believe that any deficit reduction package must contain significant cuts to the military budget." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Sánchez Votes to Support Broad Economic Plan for Growth. 2 April 2009. "The House-passed long term economic plan will cut the deficit nearly two-thirds by 2013. It cuts taxes for middle class families by $1.5 trillion. It will create jobs and grow our economy with targeted investments and reforms in health care, clean energy and education while reducing non-defense discretionary spending to its lowest level in nearly half a century. This long term economic plan ushers in a new era of honesty in budgeting by fully accounting for known expenses like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that previous administrations left out in order to make the deficit look smaller. To bring change and restore integrity to Washington, this budget puts an unprecedented effort on rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in government spending. In their proposed budget Republicans offered nothing but the failed policies of the last eight years - the same policies that created this economic crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Linda Sánchez Statement on Extension of Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Insurance. 23 December 2011. "Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) released the following statement after House Republicans finally agreed to a bill that provides 160 million Americans a $1,000 payroll tax cut, extends long-term unemployment insurance and prevents deep cuts in payments to doctors who see Medicare patients: 'This is good news for Southern Californians. I am pleased that millions of American families won't see their taxes go up, unemployment benefits will be extended, and seniors will continue to get the Medicare services they've earned. I fully supported these extensions, and so did the American people. I don't understand why Republicans continue to employ brinkmanship so that they can fight for tax breaks for billionaires.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Rep. Linda Sánchez Introduces Legislation to Shift Tax Burden Back to Billionaires. 22 June 2012. "Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced legislation to restore the estate tax on the wealthiest Americans, which would bring in at least $264 billion in the next ten years to help reduce the national debt. 'Millionaires and billionaires need to pay their fair share in estate taxes, especially at a time when we have a record-breaking national debt,' said Ways and Means Member Rep. Linda Sánchez. 'Tax breaks under George W. Bush favored the wealthy and contributed to a growing gap between the very rich and everyone else. It's time they pay their fair share.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Linda Sánchez a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter To The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Of The House; The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, House Majority Leader. 4 December 2009. "As members of the Populist Caucus, a Caucus dedicated to job creation, we urge you to pass a strong jobs bill that will build upon the infrastructure investment in the Stimulus Package and create good paying, quality jobs for America's hard working men and women." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Issue Position: Housing. 27 February 2012. "In October of 2008, Congress passed a massive financial rescue package. While some are still debating the merits of that bill, certain things are beyond debate. First, we must realize that the financial rescue bill alone can't solve the root of our economic problems, namely the foreclosure crisis and resulting loss in home values. And two, we must begin to plan our next course of action, which needs to include a robust economic stimulus package that creates jobs and gets our economy going again." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Linda Sánchez Statement on October Jobs Report. 4 November 2011. "Congresswoman Linda Sanchez released the following statement after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 80,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent: 'Today's jobs report is a sign that our economy is moving in the right direction, and that the bold actions taken by the last Congress are working. It also makes it clear that Americans cannot afford to wait any longer for this Congress to act on job creation. We must act to put people back to work, strengthen our small businesses, repair our infrastructure, foster innovation and grow our economy. 'After more than 300 day in office, House Republicans have failed to produce any serious job creation plan. I would encourage House Republicans to join Democrats in working towards putting Americans back to work by supporting House Democrats' 'Make it in America' plan and President Obama's American Jobs Act. These jobs plans would immediately create new jobs and help get the economy back on track. Putting Americans back to work has to be the top priority for this Congress, period.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Rep. Linda Sánchez Statement in Support of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009. 22 January 2009. "As a new member of the Ways and Means Committee, I am proud to say that we have hit the ground running with an economic stimulus package, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Now that the Committee has done its part, we need to move this bill through Congress and get it to President Obama's desk quickly. This recovery package will provide relief to those who need it most - working families who have lost their jobs and health insurance - and allow them to get back on their feet. Investing in health care, businesses, and education not only strengthens the middle class, but supports vital services that hard working families rely on. In my home state of California, this stimulus plan will create an estimated 815,990 jobs by the end of 2010. This is a tremendous lift that will get the American economy moving in the short term and make investments for a stronger economy in the long term." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Sánchez: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Save or Create Nearly 400,000 Jobs in California. 17 February 2009. "Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-39) hailed the signing today of critical legislation to create and save 3.5 million American jobs. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was approved by a vote of 246-183 in the House of Representatives last Friday. President Obama's job creation package, signed into law today, will rebuild America, making us more globally competitive and energy independent, and transforming our economy for long-term growth; give about 95 percent of American workers an immediate tax cut; and invest quickly in the economy. 'This jobs and recovery plan will create or save nearly 400,000 jobs in California by the end of 2010, according to the White House,' said Rep. Linda Sánchez. 'In my district alone, it's estimated that over 7,000 jobs will be impacted. This Economic Recovery package will be very good for California,' continued Rep. Sánchez. 'It creates and saves jobs for working families. From funding for education, to health care and tax reductions, to investments in critical infrastructure, this is just what we need to get and keep people working during these very difficult times.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Linda Sánchez. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Rep. Linda Sanchez Votes To Create Jobs, Strengthen Small Business. June 2010. "Today, Rep. Linda Sanchez voted in favor of legislation that will increase lending for small businesses and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. This legislation, which expands much-needed lending to small businesses and offers tax incentives to help America's small businesses grow, is fully paid for and will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next ten years. 'Small businesses are the backbone of my district and will continue to be the engine of America's economic recovery,' said Rep. Linda Sanchez. 'This legislation is another part of our ongoing efforts to put our economy back on the right track as we work to recover from the failed policies of the Bush era.' The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act will help small businesses expand through investments in states and small banks and offers tax incentives to drive immediate investments in America's small businesses. The bill will also help cultivate American innovation through a new public-private partnership designed to channel early stage investment capital to promising new start-ups. This $30 billion lending fund, with tough performance-based incentives and safeguards to ensure that funds go to American small business, will spur job creation across America." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Rep. Sánchez Votes to Create American Jobs, Cut Taxes, and Close Loopholes that Encourage Companies to Invest Overseas. 28 May 2010. "Today, Rep. Linda Sánchez voted for H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, legislation that would provide vital tax cuts and support for American workers while also investing in American jobs through tax relief for businesses and investments in infrastructure. 'This is a jobs bill,' said Rep. Linda Sánchez. 'I want to see "Made in America" make a comeback. This bill spurs job creation through tax cuts and loan relief to small businesses, as well as bond provisions to fund infrastructure improvements in our cities and towns.' The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act will support more than a million American jobs by helping restore credit to small businesses, extending the R&D tax credit, rebuilding American roads and bridges, and closing tax loopholes that encourage businesses to move jobs overseas and allow hedge fund managers to pay lower taxes than their secretaries. The bill also extends unemployment benefits for Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Introduction of a Bill, The American Microturbine Manufacturing and Clean Energy Deployment Act of 2011. 4 November 2011. "We have the opportunity to help businesses and families across the nation save energy and preserve the environment. And, by enacting the American Microturbine Manufacturing and Clean Energy Deployment Act, we will create thousands of jobs. According to a recent survey of the microturbine industry, estimates are that the enactment of a 30 percent tax credit could immediately create over 2,000 new jobs. During the first year of the new tax credit, enough new microturbines could be deployed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 170,000 tons of CO." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Congressional Task Force On Job Creation Responds To President's Jobs Speech. 8 December 2009. "'I applaud President Obama for working with Congress on proposals to create jobs immediately and help out our working families,' said Rep. Linda Sánchez. 'When the economy is in a crisis, our priority should be to support families and put Americans back to work. As a member of the Congressional Task Force on Job Creation, I am advancing proposals with this in mind, from job-creating tax policies to direct-hire jobs programs to rebuild our infrastructure and conserve our resources.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Sánchez Applauds Signing Of The "HIRE" Act. 18 March 2010. "Ways and Means Committee Member Linda Sánchez applauded the signing of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act by President Barack Obama today. The HIRE Act will create hundreds of thousands of new small business and construction jobs this year, spur private sector hiring, and help rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. This bill is just one step in a series of initiatives this Congress is taking to put Americans back to work and to restore the American economy. 'This law will encourage businesses to hire and help put Americans back to work this year and it's fully paid for to make sure that we do not saddle the next generation with the cost of these job-saving efforts,' said Rep. Linda Sánchez. 'While this jobs bill is absolutely necessary, it's by no means enough. There's a lot more that we're going to need to do to and bring about full economic recovery -- from helping small businesses to get loans that they need, to offering incentives to make homes and businesses more energy efficient, to investing in aging infrastructure so we can put Americans to work rebuilding roads, parks, and schools.' The HIRE Act includes a payroll tax holiday for businesses that hire unemployed workers, to create some 300,000 jobs, and an income tax credit of $1,000 for businesses that retain these employees. It also includes tax cuts to help small businesses invest, expand, and hire more workers, provisions to make it easier for states to take up infrastructure projects such as school construction and energy retrofitting, and continues requirements ensuring that a portion of the highway and transit funding goes to minority-owned businesses, which is especially important in our community." (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Issue Position: Working to Improve Education. 2 March 2012. "Congresswoman Sánchez believes that every child deserves an A+ education. She has led efforts in Congress to build and renovate schools, to protect Head Start from being cut, and to provide scholarships for new and qualified teachers in our public schools. She has fought to restore maximum funding to President George Bush's 'No Child Left Behind Act,' which has been under-funded by the House leadership. No Child Left Behind Act - If we truly expect our schools to meet the challenges of greater accountability and high achievement, then we must provide school leaders and faculty with the necessary resources. The 'No Child Left Behind Act,' which became law two years ago, promised greater school funding in exchange for greater accountability. Unfortunately, this Administration has continued to shortchange our schools by under funding the No Child Left Behind Act by a whopping $15 billion. Congresswoman Sánchez continues to support maximum funding for the 'No Child Left Behind Act' because our children deserve nothing less." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. "Among other things, this summit should focus on the following: [¦] Reduce our dependence on fossil fuel through investments in renewable energy and energy conservation. By moving toward energy conservation and investing in renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol, solar and wind we can eliminate our reliance on Middle East oil by 2020, and move away from polluting fossil fuels in general. For example, by increasing CAFE standards for cars to 45 miles per gallon and SUVs and light trucks to 34 miles per gallon over the next decade we could save consumers about $80 billion per year at the pump, 3 billion gallons of oil a year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1.5 trillion pounds a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Issue Position: Energy and Gas Prices. 29 February 2012. "We need long term solutions to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Dependence on foreign sources of energy is an economic, environmental, and national security problem. America simply does not have enough oil resources to produce enough domestic oil to meet all of our energy needs. That is why I support measures that would move us towards domestic alternative energy sources. I was a proud co-sponsor of the Clean Energy Act of 2007, which dramatically increased funding for renewable energy programs, required an increase in the production of renewable fuels from 4 billion gallons to 36 billion gallons by 2022, and increased fuel economy standards. The President signed this bill into law on December 19, 2007. I am also an original co-sponsor of the Responsible Renewable Energy Tax Credit Act of 2007. This legislation would promote the use of cleaner and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power. These long-term strategies are necessary not only to combat climate change and protect our national security, but also to ensure that we don't fall victim to massive gasoline price spikes every summer." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce John D. Dingell. 15 June 2007. "Dear Chairman Dingell and Chairman Boucher, We commend your leadership in the Energy and Commerce Committee on addressing the challenge of global warming and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. However, we are concerned with provisions in the Discussion Draft on Alternative Fuels, Infrastructure, and Vehicles which would strip our states of their authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. Many states have moved ahead to address global warming with pro-growth, pro-high tech initiatives. Under our federal system, states have been laboratories for constructive change but they need Washington to be a partner, not an impediment, to their initiatives. To the contrary, this draft legislation would deprive our states of their authority to take the steps they deem appropriate to protect the health and safety of their citizens. We aspire to a better outcome for our constituents and we look forward to working with you to resolve this issue." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Linda Sánchez. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Linda Sánchez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Linda Sánchez a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Issue Position: Health Care. 24 February 2012. "Quality, accessible, affordable healthcare should be a right, not a privilege to be reserved for the wealthy few. It's shameful that the wealthiest nation in the world leaves 46 million of its people without health insurance. I'm working to change that. That is why I have voted repeatedly to expand children's health insurance and why I am a co-sponsor of the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. This bill would extend quality affordable healthcare to all Americans by establishing the United States National Health Insurance Program to provide all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, prescription drugs, emergency care, and mental health services." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Madam Speaker, it's no secret that our economy is still sluggish. So our top priority in this Congress should be about creating jobs. It's certainly my top priority. And I want to work with Republicans to meet that goal. Instead, House Republicans are focused on repealing patients' rights, putting insurance companies back in charge and ballooning the deficit. American families have suffered and waited far too long for the freedom and security that affordable health care provides. And now the Republican majority is trying to take that freedom and snatch that security away. If Republicans have their way, families will once again lose their benefits when insurers unfairly cancel or cap their coverage. If Republicans have their way, children with disabilities and pregnant women won't be safe from discrimination by insurers. If Republicans have their way, seniors in my district will be forced to return the $250 in prescription assistance they received under the Democratic health care reform bill, and millions of hardworking Americans will lose the freedom to start their own business because they will be afraid of giving up the health insurance tied to their current job. This is a costly plan for seniors, children, and families in my district and for the taxpayers of America. To stand up for families that deserve and need our help, we must reject this plan. I urge everybody to vote 'no' on the repeal of health care." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Sánchez Votes Yes To Quality, Affordable Health Care. 21 March 2010. "Whether all Americans should have access to quality health care at a reasonable price is a question a century old. First raised by Teddy Roosevelt in 1912, then repeated by FDR, Harry Truman, and later presidents, the question almost answers itself. No nation can be strong whose citizens are sick and poor. To improve our economy, to care for our people, to fix our expensive and broken healthcare system, the time is now. [¦] Without doubt, this is not a perfect bill. It does not contain strong employer responsibility provisions or a public plan to provide real competition to private insurers. It cuts DSH payments for hospitals too much. It benefits states that have left some of their poorest citizens out of Medicaid without rewarding states like California that have been doing the right thing all along. It contains an Independent Payment Advisory Board, which would severely limit Congressional oversight of the Medicare program and place authority within the executive branch, without Congressional oversight, judicial review, or state or community input. It also does something no bill has ever done beforeprohibits undocumented immigrants from spending their own money to buy private health insurance within an insurance exchange or marketplace. But the bill's strength - that it makes health insurance accessible and affordable for more than 30 million Americans who currently lack insurance - is so much more important than its weaknesses." (www.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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  • Linda T. Sánchez. CHC Chair Gonzalez on California's DREAM ACT. 12 October 2011. "I applaud Governor Brown for signing California's DREAM Act into law. I encourage the House Republican leadership to take action and address our broken immigration system at the national level by supporting the DREAM Act, common sense immigration reform I proudly supported in the last Congress. We shouldn't penalize hard-working students who want to give back to the country they call home. We should allow them the ability to contribute to our economic recovery or defend our nation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez Denounces Passage of Anti-Immigrant H.R. 4437. 16 December 2005. "Washington, DC- Today Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) issued the following statement after passage of H.R. 4437, the 'Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.' The measure passed by a vote of 239-182. 'As the daughter of immigrants I take great offense that such a mean spirited, anti-immigrant piece of legislation was approved by the House of Representatives. America deserves better than this badly thought out bill. This bill is not about border security or national security. It just provides a false sense of security, failing to respond to the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, leaving our ports of entry exposed, and doing nothing meaningful to fix our broken immigration laws. I hope the Senate will have a more thorough discussion about comprehensive immigration reform, border security PLUS interior enforcement and a path to legalization.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Issue Position: Protecting Immigrant Families. 24 February 2012. Linda is committed to improving the lives of immigrant families. America is a country built and sustained by immigrants. She is working hard in Congress to make sure that hard-working immigrants are able to reunite with their loved ones, have access to safe and secure jobs, have the opportunity to become full citizens of the United States, and have better educational opportunities. (www.votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Issue Position: Immigration. 24 February 2012. "Our immigration system is broken. As a result, some individuals from other countries, desperate for a better life in the U.S., take great risks to enter our country without proper documentation. We need comprehensive immigration reform that fixes our immigration system, deals humanely with the undocumented immigrants already in America, and increases the security of our borders. As a member of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, I am working hard to draft legislation that will truly reform this country's broken immigration system and give deserving people a chance to become equal members of society. Comprehensive immigration reform is taking time to negotiate. In the meantime, I support targeted legislation like the DREAM Act, which would help hard-working children of undocumented immigrants attend college and earn legal status. America has never before required children to pay the price for their parents' violations of the law. Instead of doing so now, we should ensure that all children who work hard and get in to college can afford to go." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Linda Sánchez Applauds Senate for Addressing DREAM Act. 28 June 2011. "'I applaud the Senate for holding its first hearing on the DREAM Act and looking at this crucial piece of the overall immigration reform puzzle,' said Congresswoman Sánchez. 'I would encourage the House Republican leadership to also address this important issue. We can't continue to ignore our broken immigration system. I proudly voted to support this common sense immigration reform in the last Congress,' Sánchez continued. 'These hard-working students only want to give back to the country they call home. We should allow them the ability to contribute to our economic recovery or defend our nation. We are endangering our economic future by sending intelligent, hard-working young to countries they barely know with the knowledge and skills to economically compete with American businesses.' Congresswoman Sánchez has been a consistent advocate for the DREAM Act and was one of 216 Representatives to support its passage last Congress. This bi-partisan legislation will give children who grew up in our neighborhoods the opportunity to earn a pathway to legal residency." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Linda T. Sánchez. Linda Sánchez Statement on LGBT History Month. 4 October 2011. "October provides us with the opportunity to commemorate the pioneers and champions of the LGBT civil rights movement and celebrate their contributions to America's history and culture. As a country, we must remain committed to upholding the principles of equality and respect and dignity for all. The end of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy and President Obama's promise to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, both represent significant progress for civil rights. However, there is still much more left to accomplish. We must continue to strive to end discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and fight so that all Americans have the right to marry and start families with those they love. I remain committed to supporting marriage equality, investments in HIV/AIDS care, treatment and research, and campaigns that take action against bullying in schools. I hope Americans will join me this month in recognizing the achievements of LGBT Americans and renewing our commitment to civil rights, equality and progress for the LGBT community." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sanchez. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Linda Sánchez voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Linda Sánchez voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "I would oppose a constitutional amendment restricting marriage to a man and a woman."
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Equity in Social Security Act of 2010 Introduction Statement. 21 December 2010. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to introduce the 'Equity in Social Security Act of 2010.' This bill is designed to eliminate the discriminatory policy of the Social Security Administration that prevents same-sex couples from receiving the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. Social Security provides spousal, survivor, and death benefits to married heterosexual couples in their later years. Same sex couples are not eligible to receive these benefits because the federal government does not recognize their marriages or civil unions. These same-sex couples pay into Social Security while working just the same as every other American, but in their time of need, the government treats them differently. Gay couples receive 18 percent less in Social Security benefits than heterosexual couples while lesbian couples receive 31 percent less than heterosexuals. It is no wonder that these groups are also more likely to live in poverty in their old age than heterosexuals. All Americans should receive a Social Security benefit based on their contribution to the program, not their sexual orientation. That is why my legislation would allow couples in relationships that have been recognized by their state of residence, whether a domestic partnership, civil union or marriage itself, to receive the same benefits from Social Security as heterosexual married couples." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Rep. Linda Sánchez Receives 100% Rating from Human Rights Campaign. 24 October 2010. "Today, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez received a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign on its scorecard for the 111th Congress. The Human Rights Campaign is a civil rights organization seeking equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. 'I'm proud to support legislation that promotes equality and fair treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals,' said Rep. Linda Sánchez. 'Fairness and equality are important constitutional principles, and justice in America should not be determined by sexual orientation or gender identity any more than by color, race, religion, or national origin.' The Human Rights Campaign reviewed nine votes in the House of Representatives to determine its rankings this year. The legislative topics reviewed this year include hate crimes, healthcare, national defense, employment discrimination, and family reunification." (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
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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  • Linda T. Sánchez. Issue Position: Working for Seniors. "Providing Social Security for All Generations - As your representative, Congresswoman Sánchez is fighting to protect Social Security - the most successful government program in our nation's history. Congresswoman Sánchez is committed to fighting plans to privatize Social Security. Social Security should be a guarantee, not a gamble. Diverting billions of dollars from Social Security trust funds to fund Personal Retirement Accounts is risky, so Congresswoman Sánchez is continuing to resist placing Social Security dollars at the mercy of the volatile stock market." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Linda Sánchez supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Linda Sánchez. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Congresswoman Linda Sánchez Gives Keynote At Cerritos College Women's History Celebration. 14 March 2005. "Sánchez did not limit her comments to issues that the young women were affected by now. She asked them to look down the road and educate themselves on Social Security, because current college students would be the generation that had to live with the consequences of bad decisions made today. 'The answer is not putting all of our hopes in risky, private accounts that don't guarantee increased rewards. The only things that they guarantee are cuts in benefits and trillions of dollars of additional debt to burden future generations,' continued Sánchez." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez Holds Online Town Hall to Address Social Security Privatization. 21 June 2005. "As the President continues his campaign to privatize Social Security, Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez hosted an online town hall to answer constituent questions about this critical government program. The Administration has been targeting young people in their Social Security sales pitch and claims that young people can expect to be shortchanged by Social Security as it is today and insists that privatization is the only way to guarantee that they get some benefits. Contrary to that, Social Security will be able to pay 100% of promised benefits for at least the next half century. The only guarantees the Bush privatization plan offers young people are a guarantee their benefits will be cut, the national debt will increase and retirement security will be lost. 'As a young person myself, I will continue to fight to strengthen and improve Social Security for America's young workers. We want to ensure that every American working today will get the secure retirement they have earned through a lifetime of hard work. Social Security is the only safe and secure source of retirement income for millions of Americans, and it must be protected. [¦] Young people have the most at stake, because any benefit cut will hit them the hardest,' said Congresswoman Sánchez. 'Social Security is not just about retirees. It's about honoring the hard work of everyone who has paid into the system, young and old alike. We have all paid in with an understanding that someday, Social Security will be there for us and I will work to ensure that the government maintains this guarantee,' concluded Sánchez." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Issue Position: Seniors. 24 February 2012. "Although President Bush dropped his attempt to privatize Social Security, I am ready to defend it should the proposal rise again. Dismantling the promise of Social Security would take away guaranteed, inflation proof benefits for today's children and young adults. No one wants to return to the tragic days before Social Security, when seniors would work until the day they died because they could not afford to retire. To honor a lifetime of work and service, I will continue working with my colleagues to protect and strengthen Social Security. As part of this commitment, I am a proud co-sponsor of the Social Security Fairness Act, a bill which would eliminate the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision, two provisions that limit the Social Security benefits of public servants like teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and veterans." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Larson, SÁnchez Introduce Resolution Opposing Republican Plans To Privatize Social Security. 5 February 2010. "Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39), introduced a resolution today in opposition to Republican plans to privatize Social Security. The resolution expresses the will of House Democrats to preserve Social Security and reaffirms our commitment to working in a bipartisan way to make common sense adjustments to strengthen the program for generations to come. Sánchez said, 'When the stock market crashed in 2008, it was apparent that the Republican's push to privatize Social Security was a bad idea. Americans have not forgotten the dangers of tying their retirement security to the whims of Wall Street. It was a bad idea then, and it is a bad idea now. This resolution supports Americans who contribute all their working life to a retirement and want income security in their golden years.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Linda T. Sánchez. Linda Sánchez Applauds Social Security COLA Increase. 19 October 2011. "Congresswoman Sánchez has been a leader in Congress in fighting to strengthen Social Security. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Sánchez joined her Democratic colleagues in writing to Speaker John Boehner opposing nearly $1.7 billion in cuts to SSA's operating budget. Last Congress, Congresswoman Sánchez introduced a resolution opposing Republican plans to privatize Social Security." (www.votesmart.org)

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Congressional 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.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Budget Priorities
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Maintain Statusa) Less than $25,000
Maintain Statusb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
Greatly Increasee) Other or expanded categories

1,000,000

Retiree Income
Slightly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Undecidedh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Yesi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles

I would oppose a constitutional amendment restricting marriage to a man and a woman.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
g) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
Xh) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
Xk) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xk) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

I support expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and I do not support comp time in place of overtime

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
Xd) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xg) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xl) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xj) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xk) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
Xl) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xm) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
Xd) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

Support earned legalization for certain undocumented workers and who meet certain criteria and who already reside in the U.S.

International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

The U.S. should withdraw once Iraq is stabilized and a democratic Govt has been elected. The US should also seek international support to fund reconstruction/stabilization so we are not bearing the bulk of the burden.

e) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
No5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Noc) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Nof) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

I support efforts to protect intellectual property from theft over the internet.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My top legislative priorities are:
- Create more jobs with good wages and benefits;
- Improve Education and healthcare;
- Reform Immigration and protect Social Security and Medicare.

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