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Joaquin Castro's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 20, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 20
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Joaquin Castro has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Joaquin Castro is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (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

  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America's middle class families." http://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for (castro.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) today introduced legislation to extend tax credits that will spur economic growth, boost job creation, and help hardworking Americans." https://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/castro-introduces-tax-cuts-for-america-act (castro.house.gov)
  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America's middle class families." http://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for (castro.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) today introduced legislation to extend tax credits that will spur economic growth, boost job creation, and help hardworking Americans." https://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/castro-introduces-tax-cuts-for-america-act (castro.house.gov)
  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America's middle class families." http://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for (castro.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) today introduced legislation to extend tax credits that will spur economic growth, boost job creation, and help hardworking Americans." https://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/castro-introduces-tax-cuts-for-america-act (castro.house.gov)
  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America's middle class families." http://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for (castro.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) today introduced legislation to extend tax credits that will spur economic growth, boost job creation, and help hardworking Americans." https://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/castro-introduces-tax-cuts-for-america-act (castro.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need a forward-thinking budget that invests in our young people, not a measure that freezes Pell Grants and cuts more than $220 billion of education funding. A sound budget should spur economic growth, not hinder our economy by slashing infrastructure and innovation funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963039/castro-statement-on-house-budget-vote#.VZReXXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Chair, there are many damaging cuts in this budget, but I would like to speak just a minute about the cuts to educationn. In ancient civilizations, literacy and education were closed off to all but the very affluent; and the beauty of America, since its founding, has been the democratization of a way to become educated, make your way into the middle class and to do well." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862255/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2015#.VZRevXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a forward-thinking budget that invests in our young people, not a measure that freezes Pell Grants and cuts more than $220 billion of education funding. A sound budget should spur economic growth, not hinder our economy by slashing infrastructure and innovation funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963039/castro-statement-on-house-budget-vote#.VZReXXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Chair, there are many damaging cuts in this budget, but I would like to speak just a minute about the cuts to educationn. In ancient civilizations, literacy and education were closed off to all but the very affluent; and the beauty of America, since its founding, has been the democratization of a way to become educated, make your way into the middle class and to do well." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862255/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2015#.VZRevXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a forward-thinking budget that invests in our young people, not a measure that freezes Pell Grants and cuts more than $220 billion of education funding. A sound budget should spur economic growth, not hinder our economy by slashing infrastructure and innovation funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963039/castro-statement-on-house-budget-vote#.VZReXXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Chair, there are many damaging cuts in this budget, but I would like to speak just a minute about the cuts to educationn. In ancient civilizations, literacy and education were closed off to all but the very affluent; and the beauty of America, since its founding, has been the democratization of a way to become educated, make your way into the middle class and to do well." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862255/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2015#.VZRevXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a forward-thinking budget that invests in our young people, not a measure that freezes Pell Grants and cuts more than $220 billion of education funding. A sound budget should spur economic growth, not hinder our economy by slashing infrastructure and innovation funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963039/castro-statement-on-house-budget-vote#.VZReXXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Chair, there are many damaging cuts in this budget, but I would like to speak just a minute about the cuts to educationn. In ancient civilizations, literacy and education were closed off to all but the very affluent; and the beauty of America, since its founding, has been the democratization of a way to become educated, make your way into the middle class and to do well." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862255/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2015#.VZRevXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America's middle class families. This bill extends 8 tax cuts that expired at the end of 2013 and are meant to lift Americans in a time of economic recovery." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865540/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for-middle-class#.VZRd53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Extending these commonsense tax credits will put folks to work, build upon the past few years of steady economic growth, and provide relief to Americans who do so much to make our country even better." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970227/castro-introduces-tax-cuts-for-america-act#.VZReHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America's middle class families. This bill extends 8 tax cuts that expired at the end of 2013 and are meant to lift Americans in a time of economic recovery." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865540/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for-middle-class#.VZRd53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Extending these commonsense tax credits will put folks to work, build upon the past few years of steady economic growth, and provide relief to Americans who do so much to make our country even better." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970227/castro-introduces-tax-cuts-for-america-act#.VZReHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America's middle class families. This bill extends 8 tax cuts that expired at the end of 2013 and are meant to lift Americans in a time of economic recovery." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865540/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for-middle-class#.VZRd53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Extending these commonsense tax credits will put folks to work, build upon the past few years of steady economic growth, and provide relief to Americans who do so much to make our country even better." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970227/castro-introduces-tax-cuts-for-america-act#.VZReHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America's middle class families. This bill extends 8 tax cuts that expired at the end of 2013 and are meant to lift Americans in a time of economic recovery." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865540/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for-middle-class#.VZRd53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Extending these commonsense tax credits will put folks to work, build upon the past few years of steady economic growth, and provide relief to Americans who do so much to make our country even better." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970227/castro-introduces-tax-cuts-for-america-act#.VZReHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Unfortunately, in my home State of Texas, as is the case in other States, legislatures have curtailed their investment in education. Instead, they have picked up the troubling practice of pretending to balance budgets by slashing early childhood education funds." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/892553/pre-k-for-usa#.VZRgNnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "House Republicans put forward a bill that hurts our nation's students. It does so by gutting education funds [?]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/995561/castro-statement-on-elementary-and-secondary-education-act-vote#.VmBqdmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately, in my home State of Texas, as is the case in other States, legislatures have curtailed their investment in education. Instead, they have picked up the troubling practice of pretending to balance budgets by slashing early childhood education funds." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/892553/pre-k-for-usa#.VZRgNnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "House Republicans put forward a bill that hurts our nation's students. It does so by gutting education funds [?]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/995561/castro-statement-on-elementary-and-secondary-education-act-vote#.VmBqdmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately, in my home State of Texas, as is the case in other States, legislatures have curtailed their investment in education. Instead, they have picked up the troubling practice of pretending to balance budgets by slashing early childhood education funds." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/892553/pre-k-for-usa#.VZRgNnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "House Republicans put forward a bill that hurts our nation's students. It does so by gutting education funds [?]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/995561/castro-statement-on-elementary-and-secondary-education-act-vote#.VmBqdmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately, in my home State of Texas, as is the case in other States, legislatures have curtailed their investment in education. Instead, they have picked up the troubling practice of pretending to balance budgets by slashing early childhood education funds." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/892553/pre-k-for-usa#.VZRgNnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "House Republicans put forward a bill that hurts our nation's students. It does so by gutting education funds [?]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/995561/castro-statement-on-elementary-and-secondary-education-act-vote#.VmBqdmwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbeR0HV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted no on Keystone because the owners of the pipeline are not required to pay into the Oil Liability Trust Fund. Any leaks or spills coming from the Keystone pipeline would therefore be paid for by taxpayers and landowners." https://www.facebook.com/JoaquinCastroTX/posts/710334129080001 (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbeR0HV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted no on Keystone because the owners of the pipeline are not required to pay into the Oil Liability Trust Fund. Any leaks or spills coming from the Keystone pipeline would therefore be paid for by taxpayers and landowners." https://www.facebook.com/JoaquinCastroTX/posts/710334129080001 (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbeR0HV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted no on Keystone because the owners of the pipeline are not required to pay into the Oil Liability Trust Fund. Any leaks or spills coming from the Keystone pipeline would therefore be paid for by taxpayers and landowners." https://www.facebook.com/JoaquinCastroTX/posts/710334129080001 (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbeR0HV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted no on Keystone because the owners of the pipeline are not required to pay into the Oil Liability Trust Fund. Any leaks or spills coming from the Keystone pipeline would therefore be paid for by taxpayers and landowners." https://www.facebook.com/JoaquinCastroTX/posts/710334129080001 (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Republicans took a 'my way or the highway' approach and rejected the inclusion of provisions that would improve the legislation. For example, tax credits for renewable energy producers, reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and contributions to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund were all excluded from the final package." http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 94% by the League of Conservation Voters http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans took a 'my way or the highway' approach and rejected the inclusion of provisions that would improve the legislation. For example, tax credits for renewable energy producers, reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and contributions to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund were all excluded from the final package." http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 94% by the League of Conservation Voters http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans took a 'my way or the highway' approach and rejected the inclusion of provisions that would improve the legislation. For example, tax credits for renewable energy producers, reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and contributions to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund were all excluded from the final package." http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 94% by the League of Conservation Voters http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans took a 'my way or the highway' approach and rejected the inclusion of provisions that would improve the legislation. For example, tax credits for renewable energy producers, reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and contributions to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund were all excluded from the final package." http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 94% by the League of Conservation Voters http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 94% by the League of Conservation Voters http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 94% by the League of Conservation Voters http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 94% by the League of Conservation Voters http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 94% by the League of Conservation Voters http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1012/rating/7725 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZRqkXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • MSNBC "I support the president's plan to reform gun safety and gun control policy but we know that it's going to be a very heavy lift in Congress [?]" http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell/castro-gun-control-proposals-will-be (www.msnbc.com)
  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZRqkXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • MSNBC "I support the president's plan to reform gun safety and gun control policy but we know that it's going to be a very heavy lift in Congress [?]" http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell/castro-gun-control-proposals-will-be (www.msnbc.com)
  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZRqkXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • MSNBC "I support the president's plan to reform gun safety and gun control policy but we know that it's going to be a very heavy lift in Congress [?]" http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell/castro-gun-control-proposals-will-be (www.msnbc.com)
  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZRqkXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • MSNBC "I support the president's plan to reform gun safety and gun control policy but we know that it's going to be a very heavy lift in Congress [?]" http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell/castro-gun-control-proposals-will-be (www.msnbc.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Affordable Care Act means access to quality, affordable health care coverage no matter your lot in life. The Affordable Care Act has benefited over 70 million Americans who already had insurance, but are now able to take advantage of preventive care services, like immunizations and mammograms, free of charge." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/860000/castro-on-the-4th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act-local-enrollment-efforts/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VbeVRXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week, we had a chance to talk about this and had other Members from all over the country who represent wonderful districts come forward and talk about how the Affordable Care Act has been very beneficial to their constituents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862239/affordable-care-act#.VZRt8nUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act means access to quality, affordable health care coverage no matter your lot in life. The Affordable Care Act has benefited over 70 million Americans who already had insurance, but are now able to take advantage of preventive care services, like immunizations and mammograms, free of charge." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/860000/castro-on-the-4th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act-local-enrollment-efforts/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VbeVRXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week, we had a chance to talk about this and had other Members from all over the country who represent wonderful districts come forward and talk about how the Affordable Care Act has been very beneficial to their constituents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862239/affordable-care-act#.VZRt8nUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act means access to quality, affordable health care coverage no matter your lot in life. The Affordable Care Act has benefited over 70 million Americans who already had insurance, but are now able to take advantage of preventive care services, like immunizations and mammograms, free of charge." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/860000/castro-on-the-4th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act-local-enrollment-efforts/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VbeVRXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week, we had a chance to talk about this and had other Members from all over the country who represent wonderful districts come forward and talk about how the Affordable Care Act has been very beneficial to their constituents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862239/affordable-care-act#.VZRt8nUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act means access to quality, affordable health care coverage no matter your lot in life. The Affordable Care Act has benefited over 70 million Americans who already had insurance, but are now able to take advantage of preventive care services, like immunizations and mammograms, free of charge." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/860000/castro-on-the-4th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act-local-enrollment-efforts/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VbeVRXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week, we had a chance to talk about this and had other Members from all over the country who represent wonderful districts come forward and talk about how the Affordable Care Act has been very beneficial to their constituents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862239/affordable-care-act#.VZRt8nUVhHx (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

  • "The IN-STATE for DREAMers Act is an important first step in fixing our broken immigration system and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to ensure that immigration reform becomes a reality." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/834627/murray-polis-introduce-bill-to-provide-in-state-tuition-for-dreamer-students#.VZRucnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "So I hope, Congressman Cárdenas, that what we can do in the House of Representatives is follow the example of the Senate, work in a bipartisan manner, and offer relief for these DREAM Act students who are caught in limbo, who, through no fault of their own, are here in the United States of America, who call our country home, who are proud to be Americans, and who deserve a chance to become full-fledged citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805545/comprehensive-immigration-reform#.VZRut3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The IN-STATE for DREAMers Act is an important first step in fixing our broken immigration system and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to ensure that immigration reform becomes a reality." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/834627/murray-polis-introduce-bill-to-provide-in-state-tuition-for-dreamer-students#.VZRucnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "So I hope, Congressman Cárdenas, that what we can do in the House of Representatives is follow the example of the Senate, work in a bipartisan manner, and offer relief for these DREAM Act students who are caught in limbo, who, through no fault of their own, are here in the United States of America, who call our country home, who are proud to be Americans, and who deserve a chance to become full-fledged citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805545/comprehensive-immigration-reform#.VZRut3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The IN-STATE for DREAMers Act is an important first step in fixing our broken immigration system and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to ensure that immigration reform becomes a reality." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/834627/murray-polis-introduce-bill-to-provide-in-state-tuition-for-dreamer-students#.VZRucnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "So I hope, Congressman Cárdenas, that what we can do in the House of Representatives is follow the example of the Senate, work in a bipartisan manner, and offer relief for these DREAM Act students who are caught in limbo, who, through no fault of their own, are here in the United States of America, who call our country home, who are proud to be Americans, and who deserve a chance to become full-fledged citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805545/comprehensive-immigration-reform#.VZRut3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The IN-STATE for DREAMers Act is an important first step in fixing our broken immigration system and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to ensure that immigration reform becomes a reality." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/834627/murray-polis-introduce-bill-to-provide-in-state-tuition-for-dreamer-students#.VZRucnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "So I hope, Congressman Cárdenas, that what we can do in the House of Representatives is follow the example of the Senate, work in a bipartisan manner, and offer relief for these DREAM Act students who are caught in limbo, who, through no fault of their own, are here in the United States of America, who call our country home, who are proud to be Americans, and who deserve a chance to become full-fledged citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805545/comprehensive-immigration-reform#.VZRut3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • "Today's decision by the Supreme Court not to reverse the victories for marriage equality in five states, effectively allows for folks in over half of the country to marry who they love without discrimination. This decision by the nation's highest court illustrates that, though it may be slow, the trajectory of history is toward progress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931962/castro-on-supreme-courts-decision-to-allow-gay-marriage-to-proceed-in-states#.VZRvPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's decision by the Supreme Court not to reverse the victories for marriage equality in five states, effectively allows for folks in over half of the country to marry who they love without discrimination. This decision by the nation's highest court illustrates that, though it may be slow, the trajectory of history is toward progress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931962/castro-on-supreme-courts-decision-to-allow-gay-marriage-to-proceed-in-states#.VZRvPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's decision by the Supreme Court not to reverse the victories for marriage equality in five states, effectively allows for folks in over half of the country to marry who they love without discrimination. This decision by the nation's highest court illustrates that, though it may be slow, the trajectory of history is toward progress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931962/castro-on-supreme-courts-decision-to-allow-gay-marriage-to-proceed-in-states#.VZRvPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's decision by the Supreme Court not to reverse the victories for marriage equality in five states, effectively allows for folks in over half of the country to marry who they love without discrimination. This decision by the nation's highest court illustrates that, though it may be slow, the trajectory of history is toward progress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931962/castro-on-supreme-courts-decision-to-allow-gay-marriage-to-proceed-in-states#.VZRvPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (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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  • Signed a letter stating "I welcome a dialogue with Iranian leadership, but America must continue the pressure of sanctions and be clear force is an option unless Iran dismantles its nuclear program." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/817131/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-implement-additional-sanctions-on-iran#.VbeW3HV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I support funding DHS for a full year. We need to provide certainty to all Americans that our nation's security will not lapse because of the musings of Congress. At a time when we are every day learning of new, real threats within our borders, we should not compromise this agency's ability to keep our country safe or play politics with the safety of the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963016/castro-statement-on-failure-of-short-term-dhs-funding#.VZRwl3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "I welcome a dialogue with Iranian leadership, but America must continue the pressure of sanctions and be clear force is an option unless Iran dismantles its nuclear program." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/817131/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-implement-additional-sanctions-on-iran#.VbeW3HV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I support funding DHS for a full year. We need to provide certainty to all Americans that our nation's security will not lapse because of the musings of Congress. At a time when we are every day learning of new, real threats within our borders, we should not compromise this agency's ability to keep our country safe or play politics with the safety of the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963016/castro-statement-on-failure-of-short-term-dhs-funding#.VZRwl3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "I welcome a dialogue with Iranian leadership, but America must continue the pressure of sanctions and be clear force is an option unless Iran dismantles its nuclear program." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/817131/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-implement-additional-sanctions-on-iran#.VbeW3HV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I support funding DHS for a full year. We need to provide certainty to all Americans that our nation's security will not lapse because of the musings of Congress. At a time when we are every day learning of new, real threats within our borders, we should not compromise this agency's ability to keep our country safe or play politics with the safety of the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963016/castro-statement-on-failure-of-short-term-dhs-funding#.VZRwl3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "I welcome a dialogue with Iranian leadership, but America must continue the pressure of sanctions and be clear force is an option unless Iran dismantles its nuclear program." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/817131/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-implement-additional-sanctions-on-iran#.VbeW3HV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I support funding DHS for a full year. We need to provide certainty to all Americans that our nation's security will not lapse because of the musings of Congress. At a time when we are every day learning of new, real threats within our borders, we should not compromise this agency's ability to keep our country safe or play politics with the safety of the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963016/castro-statement-on-failure-of-short-term-dhs-funding#.VZRwl3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

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Texas State Legislative Election 2006 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.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Greatly Increased) Environment
Greatly Increasee) Health care
Greatly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Vehicle taxes
h) Other or expanded categories

Texas just increased cigarette taxes by $1.00

Undecidedi) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yesj) Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget?
Undecidedk) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
l) Other or expanded principles

The questions above will require different solutions depending on the fiscal outlook.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas governors?
b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Undecidede) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Undecidedg) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Texas are closed?
h) Should Texas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Undecidedi) Should the governor, rather than local authorities, be in charge of ordering emergency evacuations?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support the death penalty in Texas.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xi) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xj) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xk) Increase state funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent or respond to terrorism.
Xl) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
Xm) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
Xn) Allow undocumented immigrant high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at Texas public universities.
Xo) Support Texas' school funding equalization system (share-the-wealth).
p) How would you propose to reform Texas' school funding system? Please use forty (40) words or less.

We need to rely less on property taxes and, once and for all, break the geographic link between collection and distribution of funds. It has led to territorialism.

q) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Texas' anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:
Yesa) Public employment
Yesb) State college and university admissions
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Increase funding for improvements to Texas' power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Texas should continue to use the private contractor Accenture to process Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) applications.
c) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
d) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Texas.
h) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xe) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles
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.
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