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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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Jared Huffman has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

California Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test


Candidate Answer
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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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

Proud of 100% career pro-choice voting record, in Congress and previously in California Legislature.

YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

We can help address income inequality, promote middle class economic opportunities, and address the growing national debt by making major changes in our tax policy -- including ending the "carried interest" loophole for hedge fund managers, enacting a modest transaction tax on stock trading, ending the wasteful tax subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, and closing loopholes that encourage corporations to leave the country and transfer jobs overseas.

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

We must repeal the dreadful Citizens United decision and enact meaningful campaign finance reforms -- including strict limits on fundraising and expenditures, an end to "Super PACs" and other indirect spending abuses, and real transparency for all campaign fundraising.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

Federal law should establish basic minimum standards, as it has always done in areas such as civil rights, and then leave most of public education policy to the states. Those minimum standards should include, however, a significant commitment to special education and a school system that is free of encroachment from religious extremism or partisan politics. Federal funds should not flow to public school systems that deny science, impose particular forms of religion on students, fail to support disadvantaged communities equal educational opportunities, or require unbalanced curriculum that is politically tainted.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

I support a much more active federal role in limiting fossil fuel extraction and accelerating the essential transformation to a clean energy economy.

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

I am one of the leaders in Congress in championing clean energy and other climate solutions.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

We should build on the great progress of the Affordable Care Act by continuing to expand coverage, improve access, ensure quality outcomes, promote improved public health, and reduce costs. Ultimately, we must move toward a national health insurance system -- single-payer or Medicare for All.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Both of these questions should offer more than Yes/No answers, because both depend heavily on the circumstances. On the first question, it would depend entirely on the facts involved, the degree of certainty, the security threat posed, and the other options available. Depending on those facts, I might support targeting a suspected terrorist outside of a theater of conflict - but those facts would be critical. On the second question, military force should be an absolute last resort -- but we cannot allow hostile nations to acquire nuclear weapons that could be used against us.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

The social security retirement insurance system is a huge success and must be defended. Individuals are free to divert additional income into other types of retirement accounts, which they should do if they can, but the integrity of the social security trust fund and earned benefits system must be kept intact.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusj) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

A carbon tax or fee is essential to meet our responsibility on climate change. This could be done in a revenue neutral way if coupled with a dividend or rebate to individual taxpayers.

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.

An economic agenda that prioritizes middle class opportunities, better wages, college affordability and protections for working families. Ending wasteful tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and investing the savings in our future: education, research and infrastructure. And showing leadership in confronting climate change by accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy.

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