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Pete P. Gallego

Pete Gallego's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Pete P. Gallego
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 23, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 23
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Maria; 1 Child
Birth Date: 12/02/1961
Birth Place: Alpine, TX
Home City: Alpine, TX
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Tomlinson. El Paso Times: Senate OKs rule requiring sonogram before abortion. 18 February 2012. "Sen. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, said he was anti-abortion in his personal life but not as state senator. 'Once I come onto this floor, I believe it is incumbent on me as a lawmaker not to legislate to a female what to do with her body,' Gallego said. 'If a bill was filed that regulated all of the males on this floor, and their bodies, I don't think you'd get the same reaction.'" (www.elpasotimes.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Gallego. Video: TribLive: A Conversation with Pete Gallego. 13 February 2012. Response: "The Secretary of Defense has access to information that you and I don't have [¦] They understand that these are our kids, I think they understand that our national security is at stake [¦] I think that good faith deserves some deference" to the question: "Do you agree with...date certain when they intend to have our troops out of our Afghanistan...Are you with the President and the Secretary of Defense?" [24:30]. (www.texastribune.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete P. Gallego. Video: TribLive: Gallego on Obamacare, Iran and Taxes. "Gellego: 'If you look at it just from a common sense perspective, Warren Buffet makes more money in a minute, than most people make in a year [...] should his secretary, be in a higher tax bracket, than he is?' Question: 'You know, representative, that its more complicated than that.' Gallego: 'Well...the reason I'm frustrated, is because people tell me me [¦] its more complicated than that. Because I think the general population says, 'look, there's a reasonable middle here' [¦] It shouldn't be more complicated. You should have a principle, and then you should build your legislation around achieving those goals [¦] I am for a fairer tax system that creates a balance where people who are in higher tax brackets are paying at a rate that they can pay and the people who are in lower tax brackets are not in a higher percentage.'" (youtu.be)
  • Pete Gallego. Canseco Chooses Millionaires over Texas Seniors. 29 March 2012. "Rep. Canseco has sadly chosen millionaires over Texas seniors. It`s the wrong choice - plain and simple. At a time when Texas seniors are already struggling to make ends meet, Canseco`s plan forces them to pay more for less coverage while giving away more tax breaks to the ultra wealthy. Texas seniors deserve a Representative who will fight for them, not someone who caters to the wealthy elite." (petegallego.com)
  • Pete Gallego. Video: TribLive: A Conversation with Pete Gallego. 13 February 2012. Smith: "Can you cite just one specific vote that Congressmen Conseigo has taken that you think is out of step with the district?" Gallego: "The expiration of those tax cuts." Smith: "Bush tax cuts." Gallego: "Yes." [6:30]. (www.texastribune.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Gallego. Video: State Representative Pete Gallego. "I'm Pete Gallego, and I'm proud that I've fought [¦] to triple the tax exemptions for small businesses, helping them grow and create jobs." (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete P. Gallego. Video: TribLive: Gallego on Latinos, Obama and the GOP. 9 February 2012. "Frankly I disagree with the Democrats on occasion. You know, a lot of people wanted to pull back the high-cost exemption on gas for example. Well, [¦] I represent an oil and gas district [¦] and you're not going to to see me voting to do that. The energy industry is incredibly important." (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Pete Gallego in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete P. Gallego. Video: TribLive: Gallego on Obamacare, Iran and Taxes. "Q: 'The proposed repeal by the Republicans of the Affordable Care Act, what they call Obamacare: for repealing, or not?' Gallego: 'No and I'll tell you why' Q: 'So not “ no repeal?' Gallego: 'No. Right now, it would negatively imp “ there was a thing called the donut hole, where people were left out and it fixed that. And it also provided for kids who are older than 18 and up to, as they hit 25, you can stay on your parent's insurance for a little longer. There's some good parts of that, that I would like to keep.' Q: 'So more good than bad?' Gallego: 'Well on balance, I would think there's more good than bad, but I do think that there's some bad parts that definitely need some work.'" (youtu.be)
  • Pete Gallego. Video: TribLive: A Conversation with Pete Gallego. 13 February 2012."there's nothing wrong in my mind with more health care or more access...our goal should be to make healthcare more affordable and more accessible." [Time stamp: 31m]. (www.texastribune.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

  • Pete Gallego. Issues: Immigration. 3 October 2012. "Reform also should include an earned path to legalization for people who stay out of trouble, pay a penalty, pay back taxes, learn English and stand in line. We need to create an immigration system that makes America safer, that is realistic, and that makes economic sense. I also support the DREAM Act which would let young people who were brought to this country as children, graduated from high school and stayed out of trouble, earn a path to citizenship through military service or by going to college. I was proud to vote for the Texas DREAM Act, and I look forward to voting for the federal DREAM Act in Congress." (petegallego.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete P. Gellego. Video: TribLive: Gallego on the EPA, Same-Sex Marriage and Planned Parenthood. "On a fundamental level, I don't really have an issue...with who you live with or who you have a relationship with. The idea that you would call it a marriage [¦] you know again its the Catholicism, where the church has an issue with it [¦] But fundamentally I think people are are people and they're going to do what they want to do, and there's nothing wrong with that." (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete P. Gallego. Issues: Social Security. 3 October 2012. "I pledge to protect our seniors by protecting the Social Security benefits that they have earned, now and in the future. I would oppose efforts to raise the retirement age, to slash benefits, or to privatize it." (petegallego.com)

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