Representative Beto O'Rourke's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 16, Democratic
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Beto O'Rourke has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Beto O'Rourke 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Beto O'Rouke. Video: Congressional Candidates - Burges Forum.mp4. 7 February 2012. "I am a Catholic. I was born and raised Catholic, but I also believe in a woman's right to choose, and thats not something that I'll equivocate on, or pander to both sides of the issue on." (youtu.be)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Beto O'Rourke. Video: Beto O'Rourke Interview Congress & Term Limits. 3 October 2011. "I think you do need to reexamine tax rate, I think you do need to reexamine loophole, and options that especially high earners have to not pay taxes on income that they're receiving. I'm frankly very open to looking at a solution that takes away all deductions and all loopholes across the board and lowers rates for everybody." (youtu.be)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Beto O'Rourke. Jobs and the Economy. 21 February 2012. "I will work to focus the nation's resources on safely improving the speed and efficiency for this trade, so that we create more jobs and protect the ones that we already have [...] The City, County and State of Texas have all invested in making this economic engine a success. Who has not? The federal government. It's time to change that, and we can do it with the right leadership." (www.betoforcongress.com)
  • Beto O'Rourke. Video: Beto O'Rourke Interview Agenda & Immigration Reform. 2 October 2011. "So there's three areas I can think of ...That I would make a focus in Washington D.C. For investment here [...] Congressman O'Rouke's agenda, Day 1, is jobs and investing in infrastructure here thats needed to create more jobs." (youtu.be)
  • Beto O'Rourke. Video: Jobs for El Paso. 20 November 2011. "Nearly 50,000 El Pasoans depend on the economic activity that crosses our bridges everyday for their jobs. By shortening wait times, fully staffing those bridges, and investing in new technology, we can create more jobs, and be even more competitive as a community." (youtu.be)
  • Beto O'Rourke. Video: Central Business Association Congressional Debate.mp4. 24 February 2012. "Yes, I would pursue federal funding to supplement what the local taxpayers and local business leaders have invested in downtown El Paso." (youtu.be)
  • Beto O'Rouke. Video: Beto O'Rourke Interview Congress & Term Limits. 3 October 2011. "In the short term, we've gotta get people to work and [...] you cannot do that through cuts alone. You've gotta spend money on infrastructure, on building, and on our ports of entry, and on our unique assets that we have here in El Paso." (youtu.be)
  • Beto O'Rouke. Video: 16th Congressional Debate-Democratic Primary.mp4. 29 November 2011. "I will work on investing in areas like the Medical Center of the Americas, which is our best long-term opportunity for job growth, economic growth, and medical attention." (youtu.be)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Beto O'Rourke. Video: WE(fillintheblank) Congressional Debate Question #5.wmv. 29 January 2012. "Its obvious that No Child Left Behind, whatever its good intentions, has not worked. There's far too much red tape, and paperwork, and bureaucracy, and its not doing what it was intended to do...What we have today does not foster intellectual curiosity, it doesn't make people excited to learn, and it doesn't do what we need to do, if we're going to make El Paso and this Country the most competitive that they can possibly be." (youtu.be)
  • Beto O'Rourke. Education. 21 February 2012. "Revise the No Child Left Behind Act. Ensuring that all students succeed is critically important as a means of maintaining global competitiveness. Therefore, schools must be held accountable for students' learning. However, the current No Child Left Behind Act warps the priorities of public schools." (www.betoforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

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Vote Smart's Research

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Vote Smart's Research

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Beto O'Rouke. Video: Beto O'Rourke Interview Healthcare Reform & The Recall. 4 October 2011. "The Healthcare reform act addresses some really glaring deficiencies in our Healthcare system in America [¦] It is what it is. It's passed, now moving forward [¦] I want to make sure we do everything that's good about this Act. Http://youtu.be/q-FQfiDf9ts?t=40s.
  • Beto O'Rouke. Video: 16th Congressional Debate-Democratic Primary.mp4. 29 November 2011. "I think the health care act tried to address many important issues. We had people that had preexisting conditions that could not get coverage. That needed to be addressed [¦] We had people who had caps on their lifetime coverage. That had to be addressed." (youtu.be)
  • Beto O'Rouke. Healthcare Reform. 21 February. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) seeks to address some important problems when it comes to accessing healthcare in this country...While these are important issues to address, the act fails to address problems that are specific to El Paso and the border. As your congressman I will work to make sure that future legislation that carries out the provisions of the PPACA will help, and not hurt, El Paso." (www.betoforcongress.com)
  • Beto O'Rouke. Video: Congressional Candidates - Burges Forum.mp4. 7 February 2012. "I think the recently passed healthcare act does a lot of good things, especially for a community like El Paso. As has been pointed out, almost a third of our population does not have health insurance. The Healthcare act also makes sure that people with preexisting conditions can get coverage. It does a lot of good things. But there was a uniquely blown opportunity for El Paso, and we did not have a representative that stood up for our interests When that healthcare act was being debated Silvestre Reyes did not tackle the most significant problem that we have in our community, and that is the incredibly low reimbursement rate for Medicaid and Medicare actions that are performed in this community." (youtu.be)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Beto O'Rourke. Issues: Immigration Reform. 2 October 2012. "By supporting the Developmental Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, we can encourage young immigrants to complete their college careers, serve in the military and embolden immigrant youths to pursue their paths to United States citizenship without the fear of deportation." (www.betoforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Beto O'Rourke. Video:Beto O'Rourke & Silvestre Reyes' Contrasting Views on LGBT Equality. 15 February 2012. "I've met [¦] a gay couple, two women raising a number of children, and because of our current laws right now, if one of them should pass away, their children would end up in foster care because we don't have the kind of laws that we need in this country to protect and promote equality amongst all populations." (vimeo.com)
  • Beto O'Rourke. Video: Beto O'Rourke: Domestic Partner Benefits. 15 February 2011. "When I had a young constituent ask me 'what are you doing to make LGBT issues a priority at the city?' I went back to the city, and I pushed for, and I got passed, a provision in the city budget that made sure that same sex partners, city employees, would be extended the same health coverage that spouses of heterosexual married couples receive." (vimeo.com)
  • Howie Klein. Blue America Welcomes Beto O'Rourke: Blue America. 18 September 2012. "Beto's adamantly pro-Choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-immigrant stands have angered the haters and bigots and they're determined to defeat him." (blueamerica.crooksandliars.com)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Beto O'Rouke. Video: Beto O'Rourke Interview - Social Security.mp4. 4 October 2011. "[Question]: 'Do you support any move towards privatization of Social Security?' [O'Rouke]: 'No, I don't think that works...It has to be - it always has been, from Roosevelt's days forward - a government-run and managed program, and frankly [¦] It is the most popular thing that the federal government does, and one of the things the federal government does best." (youtu.be)

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