Senator Dianne Feinstein's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (CA) - Sr, Democratic
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Dianne Feinstein has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where she stands on the issues she may face if elected.

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California Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

As Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I just returned from Afghanistan. I support the recently signed Strategic Partnership Agreement, which provides for a continued US force presence. The details of our future mission and footprint in Afghanistan have yet to be determined, and I look forward to engaging with the Administration on these questions. The answers will determine whether this war will ultimately be won or lost.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I strongly supported the proposals of the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson Commission, which recommended reducing the number of tax brackets and eliminated many current tax deductions that disproportionately benefited the very wealthy. The Bowles-Simpson Commission was estimated to raise an additional $785 billion over the next decade, relative to current policy.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
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YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
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YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
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I wrote the assault weapons ban that was the law of the land for a decade. Against all odds we passed that bill in 1994. Now the National Rifle Association essentially has a stranglehold on Congress. Recently I have been frustrated by Congress� unwillingness to pass commonsense measures to reduce gun violence. Even after Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was seriously injured and six others killed in a January 2011 shooting, Congress failed to ban the large-capacity ammunition feeding device that allowed the shooter to kill and injure so many people so quickly. I deeply regret this.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

I strongly support a comprehensive immigration reform bill. I support the DREAM Act, which allows young people brought to this country who possess good moral character to be eligible for a conditional path to citizenship.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
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I am working to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and resotre the 1,100 federal marriage benefits to legally married same-sex couples. My bill has 31 Senate co-sponsors and has already passed the Senate Judiciary Committee

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
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Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

I strongly supported the proposals of the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson Commission, which recommended reducing the number of tax brackets and eliminated many current tax deductions that disproportionately benefited the very wealthy. The Bowles-Simpson Commission was estimated to raise an additional $785 billion over the next decade, relative to current policy

Please explain in a total of 100 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.

Among my top priorities for next year include: I will continue to be a prudent voice for deficit reduction. I will continue my efforts to repeat DOMA and restore the 1,100 federal marriage benefits to legally married same sex couples. I will continue my work in developing a national nuclear waste strategy that creates a repository for radioactive waste currently distributed across the country