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Jared Huffman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 2, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
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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

  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Women's Rights. 23 April 2012. "In the Assembly, Jared has compiled a stellar pro-woman, pro-choice voting record -- including a perfect 100% for career voting record with Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and CalNOW. In addition, Jared has authored legislation to support nurses, raise money for breast cancer research, and prevent unjustified health insurance rate increases." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Women's Rights. 23 April 2012. "In the Assembly, Jared has compiled a stellar pro-woman, pro-choice voting record -- including a perfect 100% for career voting record with Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and CalNOW. In addition, Jared has authored legislation to support nurses, raise money for breast cancer research, and prevent unjustified health insurance rate increases." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (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

  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Sensible Debt Reduction. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes our national debt crisis must be confronted immediately; but that we must do so in a sensible and balanced way that doesn't harm seniors or put our fragile economic recovery at risk. Solutions include targeted cuts in spending, including substantial reductions in military spending; increasing revenues by allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire, passing a transaction tax on Wall Street, and eliminating special tax breaks and loopholes such as those for oil companies; and key investments in education, clean technology and infrastructure to grow the economy get more Americans back into the workforce." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Sensible Debt Reduction. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes our national debt crisis must be confronted immediately; but that we must do so in a sensible and balanced way that doesn't harm seniors or put our fragile economic recovery at risk. Solutions include targeted cuts in spending, including substantial reductions in military spending; increasing revenues by allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire, passing a transaction tax on Wall Street, and eliminating special tax breaks and loopholes such as those for oil companies; and key investments in education, clean technology and infrastructure to grow the economy get more Americans back into the workforce." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 23 April 2012. "Pass the American Jobs Act, but don't stop there: Jared supports President Obama's plan to spur job growth among middle class families and small businesses -- where it is needed most. It's a good first step, but we must do more -- including greater investments in education and research, and much greater investments in critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges, public transportation systems including light rail and high speed rail, building retrofits to dramatically improve energy efficiency, expanded broadband in rural and underserved areas, renewable energy generation and transmission, and water and wastewater treatment systems." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Sensible Debt Reduction. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes our national debt crisis must be confronted immediately; but that we must do so in a sensible and balanced way that doesn't harm seniors or put our fragile economic recovery at risk. Solutions include targeted cuts in spending, including substantial reductions in military spending; increasing revenues by allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire, passing a transaction tax on Wall Street, and eliminating special tax breaks and loopholes such as those for oil companies; and key investments in education, clean technology and infrastructure to grow the economy get more Americans back into the workforce." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 23 April 2012. "Pass the American Jobs Act, but don't stop there: Jared supports President Obama's plan to spur job growth among middle class families and small businesses -- where it is needed most. It's a good first step, but we must do more -- including greater investments in education and research, and much greater investments in critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges, public transportation systems including light rail and high speed rail, building retrofits to dramatically improve energy efficiency, expanded broadband in rural and underserved areas, renewable energy generation and transmission, and water and wastewater treatment systems." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Sensible Debt Reduction. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes our national debt crisis must be confronted immediately; but that we must do so in a sensible and balanced way that doesn't harm seniors or put our fragile economic recovery at risk. Solutions include targeted cuts in spending, including substantial reductions in military spending; increasing revenues by allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire, passing a transaction tax on Wall Street, and eliminating special tax breaks and loopholes such as those for oil companies; and key investments in education, clean technology and infrastructure to grow the economy get more Americans back into the workforce." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
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

  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Education. 23 April 2012. "In Congress, Jared will work tirelessly to reform "No Child Left Behind" by making it less punitive, more flexible, and by providing federal funding to support federal mandates. Another top education priority for Jared will be finally securing adequate federal funding for the IDEA special education mandate, which he strongly supports but which must have greater federal funding in light of it's very substantial impact on school budgets." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Education. 23 April 2012. "In Congress, Jared will work tirelessly to reform "No Child Left Behind" by making it less punitive, more flexible, and by providing federal funding to support federal mandates. Another top education priority for Jared will be finally securing adequate federal funding for the IDEA special education mandate, which he strongly supports but which must have greater federal funding in light of it's very substantial impact on school budgets." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mr. HUFFMAN. "I thank the gentleman.What a wonderful bill if you happen to be the Canadian oil company that reaps all the benefits, but it comes at the expense of the American economy and the global environment. We should reject this bill out of hand.This sweetheart deal approves the northern route of the Keystone XL pipeline and exempts it from the rigorous public analysis and scientific standards that American companies are held to, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, among others. Bear in mind that tar sands oil is already exempt from paying into the trust fund that covers oil spill cleanup.So with this bill, my colleagues are saying we should have no front-end environmental protection for this project and no backstop funding for when things go wrong--and things will go wrong. You just have to look at what happened at the Mayflower, Arkansas, spill a month ago. When that happens, American taxpayers are going to be on the hook for cleanup, and where is the offset for that? Meanwhile, TransCanada, the Canadian corporation proposing to build this pipeline, is on record before the Canadian energy board as saying that this project will increase the price of oil in the United States.So let's be very clear about what we are doing. This House is considering a bill to cut corners for a foreign corporation to transport dirty fuel and raise gas prices for Americans. Why would we spend our time on this? Well, we're told it's about jobs, but the fact is we don't even know how many jobs this pipeline project will create. The estimates are all over the map. You could believe Fox News, which says it will create a million jobs, or TransCanada, which says around 13,000 construction jobs, or the State Department, which says it will directly create fewer than 4,000 jobs, and fewer than three dozen of those will be permanent jobs."We don't even know the massive security risks and security costs that this project will foist upon the American taxpayers. At a minimum, we should approve the Connolly amendment to, at the very least, generate a threat assessment if this bill is to move forward.This bill, colleagues, is a betrayal of our priorities as Members of the United States Congress. (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 Jared Huffman in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Jared Huffman in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Jared opposes offshore drilling in California, the environmentally destructive Canadian tar sands pipeline, and oil exploration in sensitive areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He supports higher fuel efficiency standards, low-carbon fuel standards, renewable energy portfolio standards, and other clean energy policies that spur job creation while significantly reducing energy use, including innovative community-driven models like Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma County's Energy Independence Program." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jared Huffman in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Jared Huffman in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Jared opposes offshore drilling in California, the environmentally destructive Canadian tar sands pipeline, and oil exploration in sensitive areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He supports higher fuel efficiency standards, low-carbon fuel standards, renewable energy portfolio standards, and other clean energy policies that spur job creation while significantly reducing energy use, including innovative community-driven models like Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma County's Energy Independence Program." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jared Huffman. Facebook: Wall. 21 July 2012. "Feeling heartsick for the victims and their families in the Aurora, CO tragedy. I don't know whether stronger gun control laws could have prevented this tragedy, but I see no reason why people need "assault" weapons to hunt or defend themselves. I stand with the Brady Campaign which issued this statement: 'Congress has done nothing since the mid-1990s to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We pledge to keep fighting the NRA and entire gun lobby in an effort to strengthen our background checks to include all firearm purchases, ban assault clips with large magazines that enable mass killers, and to make it more difficult to obtain concealed carry permits.'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Dear Mr. Speaker:We agree with you that we must honor the victims of the recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara. But moments of silence on the floor of the House are not enough. The last thing these victims and their families need is further silence from this Congress. They deserve a vote.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. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic.Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence.Sincerely, (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Huffman. Facebook: Wall. 21 July 2012. "Feeling heartsick for the victims and their families in the Aurora, CO tragedy. I don't know whether stronger gun control laws could have prevented this tragedy, but I see no reason why people need "assault" weapons to hunt or defend themselves. I stand with the Brady Campaign which issued this statement: 'Congress has done nothing since the mid-1990s to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We pledge to keep fighting the NRA and entire gun lobby in an effort to strengthen our background checks to include all firearm purchases, ban assault clips with large magazines that enable mass killers, and to make it more difficult to obtain concealed carry permits.'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Dear Mr. Speaker:We agree with you that we must honor the victims of the recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara. But moments of silence on the floor of the House are not enough. The last thing these victims and their families need is further silence from this Congress. They deserve a vote.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. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic.Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence.Sincerely, (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Healthcare Reform. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes making quality healthcare more affordable and accessible for individuals, families and employers is one of the most important policy challenges facing our state and nation. Jared will defend and work to expand the Affordable Care Act, which will improve our healthcare system and bring relief to middle class Americans by providing protections against skyrocketing insurance premiums, reducing unfair business practices, protecting millions of people against the loss of their homes because of a catastrophic illness, helping small businesses provide coverage to their employees, and improving our overall quality of life, fiscal stability, and global economic competitiveness. While fighting Republican efforts to repeal the legislation, Jared will also work to improve and expand it, including creating a public option." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Healthcare Reform. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes making quality healthcare more affordable and accessible for individuals, families and employers is one of the most important policy challenges facing our state and nation. Jared will defend and work to expand the Affordable Care Act, which will improve our healthcare system and bring relief to middle class Americans by providing protections against skyrocketing insurance premiums, reducing unfair business practices, protecting millions of people against the loss of their homes because of a catastrophic illness, helping small businesses provide coverage to their employees, and improving our overall quality of life, fiscal stability, and global economic competitiveness. While fighting Republican efforts to repeal the legislation, Jared will also work to improve and expand it, including creating a public option." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
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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  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Education. 23 April 2012. "Jared also supports immigration policies that recognize the need to keep the brightest international students working in the United States after getting their degrees from our colleges and universities. Similarly, Jared regards the DREAM Act as a commonsense investment in keeping our country safer and making our economy stronger by offering legal status to bright young undocumented immigrants who are willing to serve in our military or pursue higher education. Jared was a proud supporter of the California DREAM Act." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Education. 23 April 2012. "Jared also supports immigration policies that recognize the need to keep the brightest international students working in the United States after getting their degrees from our colleges and universities. Similarly, Jared regards the DREAM Act as a commonsense investment in keeping our country safer and making our economy stronger by offering legal status to bright young undocumented immigrants who are willing to serve in our military or pursue higher education. Jared was a proud supporter of the California DREAM Act." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Equality and Women's Rights. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes in equal rights for all Americans and has a strong record of standing up for gay and transgender rights and fighting discrimination. Jared has compiled a perfect 100% career voting record from Equality California. Specifically, he voted for legislation to ensure marriage equality, recognize out-of-state same sex marriages, prohibit discrimination against transgendered individuals, establish the ability for transgendered individuals to obtain new birth certificates that reflect their change in gender, and created "Harvey Milk Day." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • "Jared believes in equal rights for all Americans and has a strong record of standing up for gay and transgender rights and fighting discrimination. Jared has compiled a perfect 100% career voting record from Equality California. Specifically, he voted for legislation to ensure marriage equality, recognize out-of-state same sex marriages, prohibit discrimination against transgendered individuals, establish the ability for transgendered individuals to obtain new birth certificates that reflect their change in gender, and created "Harvey Milk Day."" (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Equality and Women's Rights. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes in equal rights for all Americans and has a strong record of standing up for gay and transgender rights and fighting discrimination. Jared has compiled a perfect 100% career voting record from Equality California. Specifically, he voted for legislation to ensure marriage equality, recognize out-of-state same sex marriages, prohibit discrimination against transgendered individuals, establish the ability for transgendered individuals to obtain new birth certificates that reflect their change in gender, and created "Harvey Milk Day." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • "Jared believes in equal rights for all Americans and has a strong record of standing up for gay and transgender rights and fighting discrimination. Jared has compiled a perfect 100% career voting record from Equality California. Specifically, he voted for legislation to ensure marriage equality, recognize out-of-state same sex marriages, prohibit discrimination against transgendered individuals, establish the ability for transgendered individuals to obtain new birth certificates that reflect their change in gender, and created "Harvey Milk Day."" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2012 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?" Other or expanded principles: "Regarding targeting people who are "suspected" terrorists, this question is too vague and complex for a yes/no. Circumstances sometimes exist, as with Osama Bin Laden, where the U.S. must act because someone poses a threat to our national security or because we know they attacked our country but the general rule must be diplomacy and due process. [...] For more on my position on foreign policy and national security, please check out my website: (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Foreign Policy, Peace, and National Security. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes in a strong national defense focused on actual threats to our security, and that neither our security nor our standing in the world is advanced when our military is engaged unnecessarily." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2012 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?" Other or expanded principles: "Regarding targeting people who are "suspected" terrorists, this question is too vague and complex for a yes/no. Circumstances sometimes exist, as with Osama Bin Laden, where the U.S. must act because someone poses a threat to our national security or because we know they attacked our country but the general rule must be diplomacy and due process. [...] For more on my position on foreign policy and national security, please check out my website: (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Foreign Policy, Peace, and National Security. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes in a strong national defense focused on actual threats to our security, and that neither our security nor our standing in the world is advanced when our military is engaged unnecessarily." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
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

  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Sensible Debt Reduction. 23 April 2012. "Jared supports increasing the current wage cap on Social Security earnings, as recommended by the Simpson-Bowles Commission, to help ensure the long-term financial viability of the program, but he opposes reductions in benefits to Social Security or Medicare recipients. Jared also opposes proposals to privatize these critical programs. Jared's commitment to defending Social Security and Medicare is why he is endorsed in this race by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Sensible Debt Reduction. 23 April 2012. "Jared supports increasing the current wage cap on Social Security earnings, as recommended by the Simpson-Bowles Commission, to help ensure the long-term financial viability of the program, but he opposes reductions in benefits to Social Security or Medicare recipients. Jared also opposes proposals to privatize these critical programs. Jared's commitment to defending Social Security and Medicare is why he is endorsed in this race by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)." (www.jaredhuffman.com)

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California Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

As a state legislator, earned a 100% career voting record with Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and California NOW on choice and other women's rights issues

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

That "timetable" should be immediately! I believe the only legitimate mission in Afghanistan ended long ago and there is nothing to be gained - but much to lose - by delaying the withdrawal of our troops.

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?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

By "any tax bracket" above, I mean the highest income tax brackets. I do not support middle class tax increases at this time. For more on my position on sensible debt reduction, please visit my website: http://www.jaredhuffman.com/issues/debt

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

So-called "independent expenditures" are out of control and should be banned. This will require a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United case. I support such an amendment.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

I believe life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) should replace the failed, flawed and hugely expensive policy of capital punishment. In California, capital punishment has had the unintended effect of allowing heinous murderers to live out their natural lives in a more comfortable and secure prison setting than if they had received the sentence of LWOP, while driving up the costs of incarceration.

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?
Other or expanded principles

Regarding the 2010 tax relief extension, I feel strongly that this should NOT have included the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans -- it should have focused on the middle class. For more on my position on jobs and economic recovery, please visit my website: http://www.jaredhuffman.com/issues/economy

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I support establishing basic standards that all states must meet to receive federal funding -- such compliance with civil rights laws, ensuring adequate focus/support for STEM subject areas, and a few other limited requirements. However, I do not support rigid and punitive federal requirements such as what is embodied in No Child Left Behind, and I believe some of the funding conditions in Race to the Top (specifically, policies designed to encourage more charter schools) are overreaching and inappropriate. For more on my position on education, please visit my website: http://www.jaredhuffman.com/issues/education

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I am firmly opposed to oil drilling in sensitive environmental areas such as the West Coast and the Arctic Refuge. Instead of these short-sighted actions, we should be investing in clean energy solutions which are more sustainable and will be far more beneficial to our economy and national security over time.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

For more on my position and what I have done to protect our environment, please check out my website: http://www.jaredhuffman.com/issues/environment

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

The 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms is not absolute. I support the Brady Campaign and other common-sense reforms that respect a limited right to own guns for hunting and personal safety, coupled with reasonable restrictions on gun ownership to protect the public and members of the law enforcement community.

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

For more on my position on healthcare reform, please check out my website: http://www.jaredhuffman.com/issues/health

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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

For more on my position on equality, please check out my website: http://www.jaredhuffman.com/issues/rights

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Jared Huffman. Project Vote Smart: 2012 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?" Other or expanded principles: "Regarding targeting people who are "suspected" terrorists, this question is too vague and complex for a yes/no. Circumstances sometimes exist, as with Osama Bin Laden, where the U.S. must act because someone poses a threat to our national security or because we know they attacked our country but the general rule must be diplomacy and due process. [...] For more on my position on foreign policy and national security, please check out my website: (www.jaredhuffman.com)
  • Jared Huffman. Issue Position: Foreign Policy, Peace, and National Security. 23 April 2012. "Jared believes in a strong national defense focused on actual threats to our security, and that neither our security nor our standing in the world is advanced when our military is engaged unnecessarily." (www.jaredhuffman.com)
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Regarding targeting people who are "suspected" terrorists, this question is too vague and complex for a yes/no. Circumstances sometimes exist, as with Osama Bin Laden, where the U.S. must act because someone poses a threat to our national security or because we know they attacked our country but the general rule must be diplomacy and due process.

On Iran, the current administration is on the right track by prioritizing economic sanctions, international pressure and diplomacy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

For more on my position on foreign policy and national security, please check out my website: http://www.jaredhuffman.com/issues/security

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
Greatly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

Critical infrastructure, clean energy, and mortgage debt relief.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
Maintain Statusk) Other or expanded categories

The options for answering these questions are inadequate/misleading in several cases. For example, I support closing the carried interest loophole for hedge fund managers, but might not favor immediately increasing taxes on everything treated as capital gain. Similarly, I support eliminating corporate tax loopholes while lowering the tax rate to increase net corporate tax receipts while leveling the playing field for smaller companies, but this is not an option here. I also support targeted estate tax relief for family farms, forest land, and businesses, but again this is not an option.

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.

To see the top issues for this campaign, go to www.jarehuffman.com/issues. It also includes my proposed solutions and the work I have already done to address them.

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