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Joe Baca, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Joe Baca, Sr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Joe Baca, Sr. 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 issue positions, from the year 2016, 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

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8039/joe-baca-sr#.VyPcr3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8039/joe-baca-sr#.VyPcr3UrIfI (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

  • “This morning, I spoke on the House floor in support of a plan to create new jobs and end the Bush tax cuts http://youtu.be/3hl_dz58-GI via @youtube” https://twitter.com/RepJoeBaca/status/225668970034896896 (youtu.be)
  • “The Bush tax cuts for the ultra rich have failed to create any new jobs. They must be allowed to expire.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/730893/jobs-and-taxes#.VyPfp3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) today joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives to support legislation that will create new jobs, rebuild America's infrastructure, make our nation more globally competitive and energy independent, and transform our economy for long-term growth.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8039/joe-baca-sr/#.VyPYJ3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The Bush tax cuts for the ultra rich have failed to create any new jobs. They must be allowed to expire.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/730893/jobs-and-taxes#.VyPfp3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
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 building the Keystone XL pipeline? 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 funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? 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 Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 “Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade') http://votesmart.org/bill/9738/26496/8039/energy-and-environmental-law-amendments-cap-and-trade#.VyPatnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? 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 ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of the Affordable Care Act.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/724309/repeal-of-obamacare-act/?search=obamacare#.VyPb4nUrIfI (votesmart.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

  • “I agree with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle that America's borders must be secured. Border security is an important part of comprehensive reform, but we simply cannot ignore the 12 million individuals who are forced to live in the shadows of our society.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/8039/joe-baca-sr/#.VyPYJ3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We've got to make sure that we vote no because we believe in equality, and we believe that everybody should have a choice. That's what our Constitution requires and what we, the people of the United States, affirmed when we aimed to form a more perfect union, establish justice and promote equality.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/750210/rep-schiff-announces-almost-40-members-of-congress-have-participated-in-noh8-campaign/?search=marriage#.VyPbOXUrIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8039/joe-baca-sr/76#.VyPdgHUrIfI (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

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

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

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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.

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