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

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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.

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

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  • Joe Baca. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Baca voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Joe Baca voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Baca voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Baca voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Joe Baca voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Baca voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Joe Baca a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Joe Baca voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Joe Baca voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. House Democrats Release Historic Catholic Statement of Principles. 28 February 2006. "We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice. Each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term. We believe this includes promoting alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, and improving access to children's healthcare and child care, as well as policies that encourage paternal and maternal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Joe Baca voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Joe Baca voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Joe Baca voted Did Not Vote on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Joe Baca. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Joe Baca voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Peace Action: 24 Million People and 81 Congressmembers Push President on Afghanistan Withdrawal. 16 March 2010. "We write to you to express our utmost support for your planned drawdown of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beginning no later than July of this year. We, the undersigned members of Congress, believe the forthcoming reduction in U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan must be significant and sizeable, and executed in an orderly fashion. Our nation's economic and national security interests are not served by a policy of open-ended war in Afghanistan." (www.peace-action.org)
  • Joe Baca. Iraq War Resolution. 13 February 2007. "After September 11, I was willing to do anything to make our country safe, like all of us. We came together in a bipartisan way. I believed in fighting terrorists in Afghanistan was the right thing to do, but the current situation in Iraq proves what we have been saying all along, that the Iraq war has not and will not make America safer. Instead, it is costing the American taxpayers $200 million every day. The money that we spent in Iraq could have sent 17 million high school students to college. Can you imagine, 17 million students going on to college right now that we could have provided assistance to, or paid for 6 million new school teachers, reduced the student ratio, funded the No Child Left Behind Act, or help with Katrina. But more money has been spent on this war, and yet it is costing us money for those that are losing their lives right now." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges. [¦] These reductions are substantial and robust. They will put us on the road to a more prosperous and secure future while advancing our national security interests. Exorbitant spending on failed wars that have killed thousands of Americans must not be exempt from budgetary scrutiny. before we ask American families to pitch in more, let's bring our troops home - and, in the process, our tax dollars home." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Joe Baca. Facebook: Timeline. 12 July 2012. "Our nation continues to spend billions of dollars a year to defend and assist foreign nations. Let's stop spending money overseas, and start spending it here at home to take care of our own." (www.facebook.com)
  • Joe Baca. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Joe Baca voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Joe Baca voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Joe Baca voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Joe Baca voted Did Not Vote on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Joe Baca voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Joe Baca voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Joe Baca voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Joe Baca voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Joe Baca voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joe Baca voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Votes To Crack Down On Waste, Fraud And Abuse In Government Programs. 28 April 2010. "Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) voted to clean up America's defense acquisition spending, a process that is estimated to save taxpayers $27 billion a year while at the some time improving the flow of necessary equipment to our troops serving in harms way. H.R. 5013, the IMPROVE Acquisition Act, was approved by the House of Representatives with a 417 -- 3 vote. 'Years of waste, fraud, and abuse in America's defense acquisition spending have put a heavy burden on both the American taxpayer and on our men and women serving in uniform,' said Rep. Baca. 'By increasing accountability and transparency, this bill moves our defense acquisition process in a better direction, so we will never again see the rampant fraud that became so extensive in the early years of the Iraq war.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Reducing Defense Department Printing and Reproduction Budget. 4 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, on Monday, April 4, 2011, had I been here, I would have voted in support of H.R. 1246--To reduce the amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction." (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

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  • Joe Baca. Twitter: @RepJoeBaca. 18 July 2012. "This morning, I spoke on the House floor in support of a plan to create new jobs and end the Bush tax cuts." (twitter.com)
  • Joe Baca. On Tax Day, Rep. Baca Supports Plan to Protect Tax Payers. 15 April 2008. "As taxpayers in California completed their tax returns, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) joined a majority in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 5719, the Taxpayer Assistance and Simplification Act. This bipartisan legislation, which simplifies critical aspects of the U.S. tax code to protect middle class families, passed with a 238 - 179 vote. 'Tax season has become an annual nightmare for too many Americans,' said Rep. Baca. 'I am proud to back legislation that simplifies the tax code, and ensures taxpayers who play by the rules get the assistance they need and deserve.' H.R. 5719 takes action on behalf of America's taxpayers. The legislation stops taxpayer harassment by ending the private collection of federal taxes. The bill also strengthens taxpayer protections from identity theft and tax fraud, simplifies cell phone tax reporting and expands tax help for low-income taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Joe Baca voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Video: Tax fairness one minute 07 25 12. 25 July 2012. "Sadly, the Republicans are holding a tax break for 98% of the Americans hostage, so that they can prevent millionaires and billionaires from paying their fair share of taxes. The Bush tax for the ultra-rich has failed, I state, has failed to create any new jobs. They must be allowed to expire." (www.youtube.com)
  • Joe Baca. Taxes. 8 February 2012. "If Congress does not act by the end of the month, 160 million Americans will see tax increases, millions more will lose their unemployment benefits, and seniors across the Nation will have access to their doctors put at risk by cuts to Medicare payments. The American people deserve better. Families need unemployment benefits and a payroll tax cut to put food on their tables and to keep roofs over their heads. Let's do the right thing. Let's end tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, and let's work to strengthen the middle class. We can't wait for another last-minute fix. Let's extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits, and the Medicare doc fix today." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Twitter: @RepJoeBaca. 16 April 2012. "No household making more than $1 million each year should pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than a middle class family pays." (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Joe Baca. Baca, Blue Dog Democrats Meet With President Obama. 11 February 2009. "'Yesterday's discussion with President Obama was a great chance to talk about our nation's need for fiscal responsibility,' said Rep. Baca. 'After being handed a $5.6 trillion surplus by President Clinton, President Bush has given our nation trillions of dollars in deficit and debt. President Obama understands the urgency of our current situation, and that all new government spending we create most come with the greatest standards of transparency and accountability. [¦] As Congress continues the debate on the economic recovery package, we must remember the very real effects this crisis is having on America's families, neighborhoods, and communities,' concluded Rep. Baca. 'I appreciate President Obama taking the time from his busy schedule to meet with me and the other Blue Dog Democrats. After our meeting with the President, I am more confident than ever that we can work together to get our economy moving in the right direction again and fix our long-term budgetary woes.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Rep. Baca Backs Second Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Package. 26 September 2008. "Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives in support of a second stimulus package to bolster the nation's economy. H.R. 7110, the Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act, passed by a 264- 158 vote, and will help to get our economy back on the road to recovery by investing in America's infrastructure, children, and workers, and coming to the aid of struggling families. [¦] 'In this time of increased economic uncertainty, it is imperative Congress comes to the aid of struggling American families,' concluded Rep. Baca. 'I am proud to support this critical legislation which promotes spending and economic growth, assists families, and creates new jobs in our Inland communities.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. We Need to Compromise. 26 June 2011. "Mr. Speaker, 2 years ago, the Republicans in Congress campaigned on, Where are the jobs? Not spending cuts or living within our means, but where are the jobs. The Blue Dogs were the ones calling for responsible fiscal responsibility. Then at the end of Congress last year, President Obama compromised with the Republicans, extended the Bush tax cuts in order to try to create jobs. This gamble did not create jobs. All it's done is extended the tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. We cannot play chicken and cause our Nation to default. We must lower the deficit with cuts to wasteful spending. But we can't balance the budget on the backs of seniors, the poor, by cutting Social Security and Medicare while continuing to give tax breaks to the ultra-rich and oil companies and those who make over $250,000 a year. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. The Republican Spending Plan. 17 February 2011. "Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, right now Congress' top priority should be creating jobs and lowering the deficit with intelligent spending cuts. The President's proposed budget is a good starting point, putting us on track to lower the deficit by $1.1 trillion over 10 years. But instead of focusing on a bipartisan approach, the Republican spending bill includes cuts that will destroy jobs--and I say destroy jobs--and kick hundreds of thousands of children to the curb; 55,000 fewer teachers in the classroom; 1,300 fewer police officers on our streets; 200,000 kids kicked out of Head Start--while many Republicans live in their Capitol offices. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Joe Baca a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Baca voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Baca voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Supports Historic Job Creation Package. 13 February 2009. "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. The Conference Report for H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed the House of Representatives with a 246 to 183 vote. '3.6 million American jobs have been lost since this recession began,' said Rep. Baca. 'The problem is even greater in the Inland Empire, where we suffer from the fifth highest rate of foreclosure in the nation and have an unemployment rate above 10%. This economic recovery bill contains the right mix of targeted government spending and tax cuts to American workers and business - that will create 3.5 million jobs and get our economy moving again.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Votes to Approve Statutory PAYGO Legislation. 22 July 2009. "Today, Congressman Joe Baca joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives in passing legislation that restores pay-as-you go budget discipline, which requires Congress to offset all new policies that reduce revenues or expand entitlement spending over five and ten years. H.R. 2920, the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2009, passed the House of Representatives with a 265 - 166 vote. 'After the soaring deficits and national debt of the past 8 years under the Bush Administration, it is long past time Washington move to put its fiscal house in order,' said Rep. Baca. 'Statutory PAYGO will help Congress return to the simple idea that you don't spend money you don't have. Today's bill is an important step in restoring fiscal discipline, forcing the necessary tough choices on taxes and spending, and bringing down the deep deficits that face our nation.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Joe Baca. A Bold Plan of Action to Create Jobs. 13 September 2011. "As you probably are aware, the unemployment rate across the nation is at 9.1%, and in San Bernardino Country it is at a staggering 14.3%. The American people need a bold plan of action to create new jobs and strengthen our economic recovery. Last week, President Obama met these challenges by putting forward a substantial plan that includes the necessary combination of tax incentives and new investments needed to create growth. I believe that the proposals laid out by the President in the American Jobs Act include many concrete and achievable policy goals. A long-term payroll tax cut, new incentives for businesses to hire workers, and an extension of unemployment benefits will all help to end uncertainty and spur new economic activity. Likewise, increased federal investments in transportation, infrastructure, job training and education programs will help to create new jobs in the short term, while also laying the foundation for sustainable long term growth. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Joe Baca voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Votes To Create Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Jobs. 4 March 2010. "Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) voted to create hundreds of thousands of new small business and construction jobs this year, spur private sector hiring, and help rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. H.R. 2847, the bipartisan Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, is part of a larger Congressional agenda to create jobs and strengthen our economy, and passed the House with a 217 to 201 vote. 'With unemployment in the Inland Empire at 14%, Congress' top priority must be putting more Americans back to work,' said Rep. Baca. 'Today's legislation will help us create hundreds of thousands of jobs this year, and it's fully paid for to make sure that we do not leave the bill for these investments for the next generation.' The HIRE Act includes a payroll tax holiday for businesses that hire unemployed workers, which will help to create an estimated 300,000 jobs. The legislation also calls for an income tax credit of $1,000 for businesses that retain these employees. In addition, it includes tax cuts to help small businesses invest, expand, and hire more workers, provisions to make it easier for states to take up infrastructure projects such as school construction and energy retrofitting, and an extension of the Highway Trust Fund that allows for billions of dollars in infrastructure development around the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Votes To Extend Key Tax Incentives For Businesses. 9 December 2009. "Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) today joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives to support legislation that will extend for another year tax credit provisions that will benefit millions of American middle-class families and businesses. H.R. 4213, the Tax Extenders of 2009 Act, was approved by a 241- 181 vote. 'In this difficult economic climate, we must do all we can to assist American families and encourage greater growth in the business community,' said Rep. Baca. 'This responsible tax extenders bill is an important step in stabilizing our economy, strengthening opportunities for job growth, and providing additional financial relief to hard-working families.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Votes To Support Small Businesses, Create New Jobs. 24 March 2010. "Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) today joined a majority in the House of Representatives in supporting legislation that will put more Americans back to work and fuel economic growth. H.R. 4849, the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act, includes bipartisan provisions to spur investment in local rebuilding projects and to help small business grow. The bill was approved by a 246 - 178 vote. 'Creating jobs and getting Americans back to work remains our number one priority in these tough economic times,' said Rep. Baca. 'The Recovery Act has already saved and created over 2 million jobs, and the recently enacted health insurance reform is expected to create 4 million new jobs over the next decade. Today's legislation builds on these initiatives, creating new jobs through additional investments in infrastructure projects and new tax incentives to encourage small businesses to grow and hire more workers.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Plan Signed Into Law. 13 February 2008. "Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) today praised the enactment of a bipartisan economic stimulus plan, after President Bush signed into law the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act. Because of Congress' swift action on this plan, 14.7 million families in California will receive tax rebates of up to $1,200 per couple, plus $300 per child as early as mid-May. The plan is expected to add 500,000 jobs to the economy by getting money into the hands of America's working families and small businesses. 'I am proud that Democrats, Republicans and the President were able to come together and provide real relief to families in the Inland Empire and throughout the nation,' said Rep. Baca. 'The plan signed into law today will give our economy a boost, create jobs and make it easier for families to meet today's rising costs.' The bipartisan legislation also includes tax cuts for small businesses. These cuts double the amount small businesses can immediately write off their taxes for capital investments, and encourage investment in new equipment. Additionally, the plan offers immediate tax relief for all businesses that invest in new plants and equipment by speeding up depreciation provisions, so that firms can write off an additional 50 percent for investments purchased in 2008. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Joe Baca. Rep. Baca Sponsors Legislation to Save Teacher Jobs. 8 May 2012. "Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) introduced legislation that gives local school districts greater flexibility to transfer state and federal dollars assigned to particular educational programs in an effort to preserve teacher jobs. The Relief for Educators To Adjust If Necessary (RETAIN) Act amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to allow high-needs school districts, that meet certain poverty and staffing needs thresholds, greater flexibility in transferring funding in order to hire and pay teachers." (baca.house.gov)
  • Joe Baca. Leaders seek solutions to educational problems. 31 March 2010. "In an attempt to improve educational achievement, Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) hosted an education summit which focused on the federal Race to the Top initiative at Cal State San Bernardino. Attended by dozens of educators and members of the local community, the March 26 summit explored the benefits and weaknesses of the $4.35-billion grant program proposed by the Obama Administration in its attempt to support states which have already adopted critical reform measures." (www.workingjoebaca.com)
  • Joe Baca. Congressman Baca to Host Education Summit. 15 May 2012. "Rep. Baca has introduced legislation to improve education on a number of fronts, including the RETAIN Act, which allows school districts to transfer funds in order to save teacher jobs. He also introduced a bill to remove all mandated testing provisions from the No Child Left Behind Act, as well as legislation to mandate minimum requirements of physical education and nutrition education for students. 'I am committed to work towards education reform that better funds all of America's schools, promotes innovation, creates high expectations for teachers and students, and encourages development of 21st Century skills,' Rep. Baca concluded." (baca.house.gov)
  • Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell. San Bernadino County Sun: Race to the Top funding brings hundreds to San Bernardino education summit. 26 March 2012. "The university's dining room was packed with educators and local school district administrators, still reeling from recent announcements of reforms they must take to turnaround their lowest performing schools, at the event held by Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino. 'We are here today to look at Race to the Top and what it means for students in the Inland Empire and come up with reforms that give our schools the flexibility to succeed,' said Baca." (www.highbeam.com)
  • Joe Baca. Rep. Baca Backs Budget Plan to Strengthen Economy, Meet Inland Priorities. 13 March 2008. "Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) today joined a majority in the House of Representatives in support of a new, fiscally responsible budget plan that will strengthen the economy, make America safer, and invest in the real priorities of the American people. The budget for Fiscal Year 2009 was approved by a vote of 212-207. 'For too long, the Republican Congress and President Bush have run up big deficits while ignoring the priorities of the American people,' said Rep. Baca. 'I am proud to support a budget that will help get the American economy moving again, and start to bring our nation out of its $9 trillion deficit.' [¦] The new Democratic budget makes key investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, which will create hundreds of thousands of green jobs. The budget also makes a new commitment to education, adding $7.1 billion more for education programs than the President's proposed budget. It also lowers taxes for middle class families while working to lower food and energy costs. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Issue Position: Education. 20 February 2012. "The Inland Empire's most precious resource is its children. Every child deserves an equal chance to succeed and our country cannot afford to short-change our students when it comes to their education. I am working hard to improve the quality of education, from preschool through college. In these tough fiscal times our government must do more to help states, districts, schools and communities support students at risk of leaving school before graduation, and we must provide students and their families the necessary resources to make college more accessible and affordable. All over California, schools are trying to do more with less -- invest in high quality assessments, reward outstanding teachers, engage parents in every aspect of their children's education, and maintain and expand access to before and after-school programs. To improve educational opportunities, Congress must strengthen public schools by providing the funds and flexibility states need to carry out these vital education reforms." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Joe Baca. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Joe Baca voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Facebook: Timeline. 20 April 2012. "On April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon rig exploded “ caused by a well blowout that killed 11 crewmen and ignited a fireball visible from 35 miles away. The resulting fire could not be extinguished and two days later Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving a gushing well that caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history “ that today continues to impact wildlife and human lives. As responsible stewards of the environment we have a responsibility to purse an energy policy that will provide us with security at home and a safe environment for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. Let's never forget the Deewater Horizon tragedy and the lessons that it's taught us." (www.facebook.com)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Votes to Hold Big Oil Accountable. 30 July 2010. "'In the wake of our nation's worst environmental disaster, we all must stand on the side of American families and hold BP and the special interests accountable,' said Rep. Baca. 'We must do everything in our power to help the Gulf Coast recover, and ensure that oil companies are held to a higher standard of safety and responsibility. The tough sanctions and strong protections in the CLEAR Act serve as an important step in the right direction.' The Clear Act takes necessary steps to prevent and respond to oil spills and protect our coastal communities and waters. Specifically it will: Implement strong new safety measures; Hold BP and the oil industry fully responsible for the cleanup costs and recovery after spills “ removing the $75 million cap on economic damages to be paid by Big Oil to families and small businesses; Strengthen oversight of oil drilling by dismantling the current scandal ridden agency in charge." (baca.house.gov)
  • Joe Baca. Rep. Baca Supports Historic Comprehensive Energy Legislation. 17 September 2008. "'This legislation is a clear change from the Bush-McCain-Cheney policies that have led to a greater dependence on foreign oil and spiraling energy costs for consumers...I am proud to support this vital compromise legislation, which sides with American taxpayers and consumers, not Big Oil...' Ending the current moratorium on drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf to permit leasing of lands for drilling between 50 and 100 miles offshore if a state opts in by enacting a state law." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Joe Baca voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Joe Baca voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Joe Baca. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Baca voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Joe Baca voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Rep. Baca Supports Landmark Energy Legislation. 18 December 2007. "Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) today backed the Energy Independence and Security Act, landmark energy legislation that will make America more energy independent, cut energy costs for families, reduce global warming, and grow our economy. The historic legislation was passed by a vote of 314 - 100 and will be sent to the President, who is expected to sign the bill into law tomorrow. 'For too long, Congress has failed to address our energy challenge, and consumers in our Inland communities have paid the price,' said Rep. Baca. 'Today's historic legislation makes energy reforms a reality - leading to greater efficiency and lowering energy costs for American families.' The Energy Independence and Security Act includes new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. These standards will increase vehicle fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon by 2020—the first congressional increase in 32 years - and slash U.S. oil consumption by more than 4 million barrels per day by 2030. The legislation also expands the use of American-grown biofuels to 36 billion gallons in 2022. All told, the bill will cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 24 percent by the year 2030." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Rep. Baca Supports Historic Energy Legislation. 26 June 2009. "Congressman Joe Baca today joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives in passing H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The legislation, which establishes a three-part program to increase energy efficiency, invest in clean, renewable energy resources, and reduce global warming pollution, passed the House with a 219 to 212 vote. "For too long, America has relied on the Middle East for all our energy needs," continued Rep. Baca. "By investing in home-grown, renewable energy sources, this bill moves us away from our dependence on foreign oil and strengthens our future national security. In addition, the 1.7 million clean energy jobs this legislation will create are vital to modernizing our nation and transitioning our economy into the twenty-first century." The American Clean Energy and Security Act opens up private sector investment in clean energy to create an estimated 1.7 million new homegrown jobs that can't be outsourced. The legislation also provides the assistance needed for energy-intensive industries like steel and iron to transition to a cleaner, more profitable future. The bill also makes farmers and ranchers a part of America's energy solution, with carbon-offsets for crops and forests, and an increased focus on biofuels, and wind and solar farmers to repower America. "After the sky-rocketing energy costs and foreign oil dependence of the Bush-Cheney years, doing nothing is not an acceptable option" explained Rep. Baca. "Today's historic bill takes the balanced approach necessary to revitalize our economy, increase our national security, and preserve our planet for future generations." H.R. 2454 also takes essential steps to reduce global warming and increase American energy independence, including: Reducing pollution that causes climate change by limiting emissions from electric utilities, oil refineries, and other major sources, and rewarding companies as they use cleaner technology;" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Joe Baca. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Joe Baca voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 50 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Joe Baca voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Joe Baca a grade of 36." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Joe Baca voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Joe Baca in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scott. Why State Politicians Remain Timid About Gun Control. 10 October 1999. "Pro-gun forces have a couple of powerful allies among urban Democrats. Assemblyman Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles) has become a powerful inside player for gun-control opponents and was instrumental in declawing the gun-show legislation. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) has played a similar though less effective role on the Senate side." (articles.latimes.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Joe Baca. Baca Lauds Benefits of Affordable Care Act on One Year Anniversary of GOP Repeal Effort. 19 January 2012. "Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) reminded that exactly one year ago, Republicans tried to take health benefits from millions of Americans and force seniors to pay more for their prescription drugs by attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Baca pointed out that had Republicans succeeded, they would have reduced health coverage and increased health costs for millions of Americans. 'Thank goodness Republicans have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act,' said Rep. Baca. 'If Republicans had been successful in their efforts to destroy the benefits of the historic health care reform, 2.5 million young adults would have lost their health coverage; 17 million children would have lost their protections; 24 million seniors would have lost their free preventative care; and 2.7 million seniors would now be paying more for their drug costs.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Joe Baca voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Announces Findings of New Report: Health Reform to Reduce Spending by Nearly $600 Billion. 25 May 2010. ""With the enactment of real health reform, we are working to make quality, affordable health care a right for every American," said Rep. Baca. "The findings from this newly released report confirm that health reform lowers our national health spending even more than originally expected, by almost $600 billion from 2010 to 2019, and makes care significantly more affordable for hardworking families everywhere." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "One year ago, in a moment of historic progress for the American people, President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act. The much-needed reforms included in this legislation extend health care coverage to 32 million more Americans, lower health care costs, create jobs, strengthen the middle class and reduce the deficit. Thanks to the Affordable Care act, we are on our way to making quality, affordable health care a right, and not a privilege, for every American. [¦] One year later, we have given American families new patient protections and greater freedoms. But if Republicans had their way, they would repeal the law and take away this progress. We must not roll back the clock. I will continue to fight in Congress to preserve the benefits of this reform as we work to move our nation forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Health Care Reform. 17 March 2010. "Health care reform will lower the costs and hold health insurance companies accountable; end discrimination based on preexisting conditions; cut and eventually close the doughnut hole for thousands of seniors, including 5,200 seniors in my district; cut the national deficit by $100 billion over 10 years; and produce over 4 million new jobs in the coming decade. Families, not insurance companies, deserve the right to make their own health care decisions. Congress must not kick the can down the road. We need health care reform now. I state, we need health care reform now. This is a historic moment. I ask us to support health care reform now--not tomorrow, not in the future, but now." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Health Care Reform. 18 March 2010. "With the fourth highest foreclosure in the Nation and 15 percent unemployment in my district, my constituents cannot wait any longer. We need health care reform now. Health care reform will lower the costs and hold health insurance companies accountable; provide new coverage for 31 million people; end discrimination based on preexisting conditions; close the doughnut hole for thousands of seniors; allow 75,000 young adults in my district under the age of 27 to stay under their parents' coverage; provide millions of dollars for funding for seven community centers in my district; cut the national deficit by a hundred-and-some billion over 10 years; and produce 4 million new jobs in the coming decade. Health care reform is good for seniors, good for adults, good for women, good for families, good for America. Let's support health care reform now." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Health Care Repeal and Impact on Jobs. 6 January 2011. "Under the Republican plan to repeal health reform, small businesses will not be able to receive $40 billion in tax credits that will allow them to cover employees; insurance premiums will continue to rise, forcing businesses to cut benefits and lay off employees; and they will add to the deficit, exploding it to $1 trillion over the next 20 years, creating more uncertainty in our economy. Instead of serving hardworking American families, Republicans would rather have American small businesses serve greedy health insurance companies. Republicans are proving yet again that they are indeed the party of ``no''--no relief, no health care, no jobs. I urge my colleagues to stand with American small businesses and workers and resist any attempt to repeal health reform." (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

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Joe Baca voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Joe Baca voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Comprehensive Immigration Reform. 16 June 2010. "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. Our broken immigration system is tearing families apart, thousands of families, every year. [¦] Immigration is a Federal problem that can only be solved with a comprehensive approach that is both sensitive to families and ensures border security. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Immigration Reform. 17 September 2008. "There are those who say that these families should play by the rules. The rules now are to form a line and to wait many years and to pay a huge fine, but the reality is the immigration process is so complicated that some of us would have a difficult time getting through it. We need comprehensive immigration reform to address the 12 to 14 million people in the United States to play by the rules and to also fix this broken system. I urge my colleagues to support comprehensive immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Immigration. 14 November 2007. "Madam Speaker, like many other of my colleagues who spoke right before, who told stories about how the lack of immigration reform has affected many families, Madam Speaker, the time for Congress to pass immigration reform is long overdue. Our system is broken. Our country is less safe. Families are torn apart. And people are living in fear. For the Hispanic Caucus, this is an issue that is personal to a lot of us. Our communities should not be a punching bag for the vocal few. It's time to stop this hateful rhetoric that serves only to divide us and bully the vulnerable. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Immigration. 30 March 2011. "Madam Speaker, America's broken immigration system continues to wreak havoc in communities across the country. Real families with real children live in fear that someone they love may be torn away from them. No child deserves to grow up without the love of their parents. We must bring an end to the separation of families. We must all remember that immigrants are not our enemies. They are our neighbors, our classmates, our fellow churchgoers. They are part of the American fabric. Over the coming month, I look forward to working with CHC and advocates across the Nation to speak on the human impact of our broken immigration system." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Stresses Need to Solve Our Immigration Problems. 5 May 2004. "Under this bill, immigrants waiting more than 5 years will be given a visa outside the per-country limits. In addition, immediate relatives would no longer count against the 480,000 limit on family-based visas. If we truly value the family unit, we cannot keep in place policies that tear it apart. [¦] The confusing system we have today is so difficult to navigate that it encourages many to immigrate illegally as a first resort. The fact is that we can reduce illegal immigration by having fair and reasonable immigration laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca announces support for comprehensive immigration reform bill. 13 May 2005. "Our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. This legislation provides real, long-lasting reform that offers hard working people of good character a path towards citizenship [¦] Clearly our immigration system is not working. It doesn't work for native-born Americans, and it doesn't work for immigrants. [¦] If we are to truly stop illegal immigration, we must first take on the underground economy that exists in American today [¦] By creating a pathway for immigrants to become legal residents, we will be able to track who is in our country, and improve national security. It is not an amnesty - these workers must prove that they are not a security threat, and they must pay fines and move to the back of the line for visa applications." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Comprehensive Immigration Reform is Needed. 14 January 2009. "Our country is in desperate need of comprehensive immigration reform to ensure the security of America and to bring vulnerable families out of the shadows. We all believe in strong enforcement of our borders and the rule of the law, but we are a Nation rooted in family, faith, in core values. [¦] Immigrant families are facing more than just a failing economy; they live in constant fear of being torn apart. We must work together towards comprehensive immigration reform that respects families and includes family unification. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 77 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Joe Baca voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Joe Baca voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 91 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Joe Baca voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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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

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Joe Baca supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Baca Recognized By Seniors For Unwavering Support. 2 March 2004. "I am proud to receive this rating from the Alliance for Retired Americans, an organization dedicated to educating seniors and retirees on important issues facing them, such as Medicare and Social Security [¦] The so-called prescription drug bill, forced through the Congress by Republicans and signed by President Bush, is a bitter pill for America's seniors, and the Alliance for Retired Americans has been key in helping spread that word to retirees throughout the country. They know, as I do, that this bill does nothing to keep prices down, benefits insurance companies and HMOs over seniors, and will result in 2.7 million retirees loosing the prescription coverage they currently have." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2006. 17 March 2005. "This budget is a sham. It fails to include funding for many of the President's key programs--such as Social Security privatization, the war in Iraq, and the cost of the Alternative Minimum Tax. It does not cut the deficit in half, as the Administration claims. When all omitted costs are included, it will raise the deficit by $2 trillion over five years. [¦] The budget also spends every single penny of the $1.1 trillion Social Security trust fund. We need to return to pay as you go budget rules, so that we can provide a solid source of funding for Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Baca. Medicare/Gas Prices Relief. 11 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, in 1965 this body voted to create Medicare and Medicaid to ensure that all seniors and disabled Americans would always have access to health coverage, and those today expect the same kind of coverage for themselves and their children. But over the years, my Republican colleagues have tried to weaken the programs and privatize safety nets like Social Security. Sadly, history is repeating itself. Instead of focusing on priorities, like creating jobs and lowering gas prices, Republicans have put forward an agenda that ends Medicare as we know it." (votesmart.org)

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