Representative Susan A. Davis's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Susan A. Davis
Current Office: U.S. House - District 53, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2000
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 53
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Steven; 2 Children: Jeffery, Benjamin
Birth Date: 04/13/1944
Birth Place: Cambridge, MA
Home City: San Diego, CA
Religion: Jewish
Project Vote Smart does not permit the use of its name or programs in any campaign activity, including advertising, debates, and speeches.
Susan Davis's processing deadline has not passed. The result of Susan Davis's Political Courage Test will be released in upcoming weeks.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Rep Susan Davis Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Late-Term Abortion. 18 April 2007. "This is an unfortunate setback for reproductive rights. With this ruling, this Supreme Court has sent a signal that it will limit the rights of Americans and not protect them. The Supreme Court has ignored its own precedent and those of many lower courts. This ruling rejects the notion that medical decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor. The justices in the majority are saying the federal government can now interject itself in that decision." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise in vehement opposition to this rule and dangerous legislation, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This extreme bill's title belies its true intent--to go far beyond current law and comprehensively curtail women's health care. This bill isn't just about taxpayer funding for abortion. It is a comprehensive attack on women's lives [¦] This bill won't save taxpayer dollars or create jobs, but it will undermine women's health, and it will hurt small businesses by penalizing them for offering their employees insurance plans that cover a full range of women's health care. This is a slap in the face of small businesses, which are trying to take care of their companies, their employees and their own families. It is also a slap in the face to any family that has to make the difficult decision to seek abortion care [...] We are wasting time on divisive issues while denying the real implications this will have on our families and economy. I urge my colleagues to join me in strong opposition to this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I strongly support a woman's right to choose. I support funding for family planning programs. I also support restoring the rights to access safe, legal abortions for military women as the right of every other American woman."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I strongly support a woman's right to choose. I support providing funding for family planning programs. I also support ensuring that women in the military have the same access to safe, legal abortions as every other American woman."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I strongly support a woman's right to choose. I support providing funding for family planning programs. I also support ensuring that women in the military have the same access to safe, legal abortions as every other American woman."
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Susan Davis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Susan Davis voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Susan Davis in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Susan Davis voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Susan Davis voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Susan Davis in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Susan Davis in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Susan Davis voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Susan Davis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Susan Davis voted Nay 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 Susan Davis a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Susan Davis in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Susan Davis in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Susan Davis voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Susan Davis voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: National Defense- Afghanistan. 20 January 2012. "Susan continues to take every opportunity to challenge our Administration and our military leaders to find the most sensible strategy for Afghanistan, given that there are no easy solutions to this conflict [¦] She has also questioned whether the Administration's approach is a "bridge too far" given the lack of credibility the Karzai government has with its own people. While reform has been slow, President Obama has made it clear to President Karzai that the United States will not tolerate the endemic corruption in the Karzai government. The corruption in Afghanistan has fueled much of the insurgency there, and Susan continues to closely monitor what concrete steps the Afghan president takes to build a country where people believe their interests come before their leader's aggrandizement. Despite the tough road ahead, Susan does believe that the threat of Afghanistan once again becoming a terrorist safe-haven represents a national security challenge to our country that merits action. Susan will continue to work with her colleagues, the Administration, and experts in the field to help ensure that the strategy in place is the right path forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Susan Davis voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: National Defense. 20 January 2012. "Susan believes that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown how poorly our nation is prepared to leverage all elements of national power in support of our nation's priorities. As someone who went to Iraq early on and saw a void of adequate civilian support, Susan knows that we need to restructure our government for future stability and reconstruction efforts. The Departments of State, Justice, Commerce, Agriculture and others must have the authorities and resources they need to protect America 's interests around the globe [¦] The Department of Defense (DOD) cannot and should not tackle this problem alone, yet DOD remains the lead agency in terms of resources, capacity and doctrine when it comes to some of our greatest national security challenges. By empowering the non-military agencies in our government, Susan believes that we can reduce our dependence on the military for missions abroad and have a better chance of preventing future wars. Susan is a leader in the House of Representatives on pushing for greater interagency reform and reducing our reliance on the military." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Susan Davis voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Susan Davis voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Susan Davis voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Susan Davis voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Susan Davis voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Susan Davis voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Susan Davis voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Susan Davis voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Susan Davis voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Susan Davis voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Medium Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: Economy. 23 January 2012. "As the home to one of the largest concentrations of naval forces in the world, our regional economy benefits significantly from federal defense spending. In San Diego County, defense spending impacts more than a quarter of our employment (over 300,000 jobs), a number which has grown steadily over the past decade. Susan works hard to maintain the unique economic role played by San Diego's defense community, especially small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: National Defense. 23 January 2012. "Susan was proud to stand with her Democratic colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee to reduce the amount of missile defense funding in the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. While the committee continued to authorize funding for programs with proven benefit to the war fighter and American people, the overall missile defense program was cut by $764.2 million in an effort to eliminate funding to high-risk low-reward programs. In the FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act, Susan voted to reduce ballistic missile defense spending by $719 million. Rogue states such as Iran and North Korea do pose a potential risk to the United States , however, Congress must not continue to fund expensive programs that have not been proven to protect the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Congresswoman Susan Davis Secures Over $18 Million in Defense Dollars for San Diego. 24 June 2005. "Congresswoman Susan Davis secured more than $18 million for San Diego defense programs ranging from bomb and landmine detection to a container detection system to a family mental health center. The funding was included in the $409 billion Defense Appropriations bill (HR 2863) passed by the House of Representatives. The defense spending bill also included a 3% pay increase for military personnel, as well as a 2.3% pay hike for civilian defense workers. 'The funding for these critical programs demonstrates the technological and innovative role San Diego plays in the area of national security [¦] This bill contains a much deserved pay increase for the dedicated men in women who have worked so hard and diligently in the service of the nation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Rep. Susan Davis Secures $20 Million For Navy Fuel Tank Replacement in Point Loma. 20 May 2010. "Congresswoman Susan A. Davis (D-San Diego) secured $20 million to replace a fuel storage tank at Naval Base Point Loma (NBPL). The tank replacement is part of the on-going effort to clean up a fuel plume beneath the scenic hills of Point Loma and to modernize operations at NBPL, the largest defense fuel terminal on the west coast. 'Having lived in Point Loma, I know how important it is to the neighbors and the community that the Navy clean up the fuel plume and replace the faulty tanks [¦] This funding keeps that process on track so residents of Point Loma can have the peace of mind they deserve.' Since the discovery of the fuel plume in 2006, Davis has led the effort in Congress to secure federal funding to clean up the fuel plume and modernize NBPL to protect the neighborhood from future contamination. Davis has secured $195 million for the project [¦] The funding was approved by the House Armed Services Committee as part of the annual bill authorizing defense spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Rep. Susan Davis Votes To Cut Wasteful Spending, Increase Competition And Help Small Businesses. 28 April 2010. "Congresswoman Susan A. Davis (D-San Diego) today voted to save U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse in defense programs. The bipartisan IMPROVE Acquisition Act (H.R. 5013) will reform the defense acquisition system to save American taxpayers $135 billion over the next five years and make sure that the men and women who are risking their lives to safeguard our country get the proper equipment they need to do their jobs and protect themselves on the battlefield. [¦] 'I routinely meet with small businesses in San Diego that have so much to offer the defense world in the form of quality products and efficient services [¦] Yet it has been frustrating to hear from these capable and resourceful companies that they continually run into barriers. [¦] We need to make our government more efficient and cost effective [¦] This bill is another step toward that goal.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. San Diego Union-Tribune: For San Diego's Delegation, A Tough Decision On Debt Deal. 3 August 2011. "Davis said that 'there is definitely room to cut' because 'the defense budget has doubled over the past 10 years and now makes up nearly 20 percent of the federal budget.' According to Davis, potential cuts in military spending will not affect the U.S. military in carrying out humanitarian missions and protecting the homeland. She emphasized that the U.S. is sharing the cost on its international obligations with its partner countries. So where can we chop off $600 billion if the trigger kicks in? Davis pointed to the military contracting system." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Susan Davis voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Susan Davis Votes for Middle-Class Tax Relief. 25 June 2008. "Congresswoman Susan Davis voted to protect millions of middle-class families from the alternative minimum tax this year. The Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act (H.R. 6275) was approved by the House on a vote of 233-189. 'With the cost of living on the rise and families in economic tough times, the last thing these families need is to get hit by a tax that wasn't meant for them in the first place [¦] This bill will shield them from the AMT this year. But Congress needs to find a permanent fix to this problem' [¦] The alternative minimum tax was created in 1969 to ensure that all taxpayers, especially high-income taxpayers did not use tax deductions to dodge their tax obligations and paid their fair share of our collective tax burden. " (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Congresswoman Susan Davis Statement on Passage of Tax Bill. 16 December 2010. "We can't afford this bill, but the reality is we also can't afford to not pass this bill. I don't know how Republicans can champion the cause of millionaires while Democrats fight for the middle class, but they are drawing a line in the sand at helping those who need it the least. The Republican side of this deal just adds billions of dollars to the debt and does not create jobs. I do know two things: It is the best deal we are going to get right now, and it will benefit millions of Americans and thousands upon thousands of my constituents who really need it. We all know something else. High-income tax cuts do not push our economy forward. But working families are hurting in this economy, and they need the help provided in this bill like marriage penalty relief, childcare credits, tuition deductions, and unemployment insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Repeal tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent; repeal or reduce subsidies, especially for oil companies; control spending; institute pay as you go (PAYGO) budget enforcement rules."
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis 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. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Susan Davis voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Rep Susan Davis Statement on State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "The President reminded us that our best resource for meeting the current challenges is the American people and their enduring spirit [¦] The key for me is education [...] Winning the future requires giving our children the world class education they deserve. Winning the future also demands that we invest in infrastructure and innovation now, especially renewable energy technology. This translates to job creation across our country, specifically in San Diego as we continue to lead in solar and renewable industries. National debt reduction is a must to help create the economic stability for the long term. While reductions in spending will be required, it must be done wisely. We can't saddle our children and grandchildren with a mountain of debt, but we also don't want to sell their future short with reckless cuts, especially in education." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: Economic Recovery. 20 January 2012. "Susan is working to pass commonsense jobs and economic legislation, and the innovation and optimism of San Diegans and San Diego are a valuable resource for her. We've saved our economy from the brink, but Susan believes we cannot ignore the challenges still before us [¦] She hears from constituents who are worried about excessive government spending, our debt to foreign nations and unconscionable Wall Street payments. While we can't solve everything as quickly or easily as we would like, Susan believes we can do better. Susan's economic priorities: - Return to Pay-As-You-Go spending in Congress -- restore fiscal discipline by requiring any new spending be offset by existing savings so it doesn't add to the deficit - Pair fiscal responsibility with thoughtful job creation -- spur small business growth, support needed infrastructure projects and encourage domestic innovation - Create a Bipartisan Fiscal Commission -- put politics aside and recommend serious measures to stabilize the debt-GDP ratio - Hold Wall Street accountable -- crack down on big bonuses, get your money back and institute financial market reform - Don't skimp on education -- it's our key to global competitiveness - Finish health insurance reform -- don't let spiraling healthcare costs bankrupt families, small businesses and our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Congresswoman Susan Davis Votes to Require Congress to spend Within its Limits. 4 February 2010. "With the current economic state, the American people are making sacrifices and limiting how they spend their money [¦] The federal government should do the same. Passing this legislation [PAYGO] will rein in federal spending and bring us back to the budget surpluses of a decade ago." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Susan Davis voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis 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 Susan Davis a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action. Other or expanded principles: "I support small business tax incentives to offset minimum wage increase"
  • Susan Davis. Rep. Susan Davis Votes To Help Small Businesses And Create Infrastructure Jobs. 24 March 2010. "Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to create jobs and spur infrastructure improvements with her vote in favor of the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 4849). The bill provides for almost $16 billion in tax incentives for small businesses and bonds for state and local governments to rebuild schools, hospitals, and sewers. The bill will increase the capital gains tax cut for those who invest in small businesses -- giving our small businesses the new capital they need to grow and hire more workers [¦] 'Small businesses are the engines of job growth in our economy [¦] This bill will give them the capital and resources they need to grow and hire new workers. By making it easier to invest in, and start, new businesses, it will unleash our entrepreneurial spirit and give more Americans the chance to pursue the dream of owning a business.' This bill will help create construction jobs by extending Build America Bonds, which provide funding to state and local governments for critical infrastructure projects." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: Economy. 20 January 2012. "Susan strongly supported the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, which was signed into law in 2010. It created a $30 billion lending fund to give community banks the lending leverage they need to increase loans to small businesses. In addition, the bill included $1.5 billion for state small business programs as well as a one-year extension of the bonus depreciation provision to allow businesses to write off half of the cost of purchasing new equipment." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Susan Davis voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Susan Davis. New Education Subcommittee Allows Rep. Susan Davis to Focus on Higher Education. 9 February 2005. "As Congress gets ready to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, Congresswoman Susan Davis joined the subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee which will focus on the issue [¦] 'As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, this subcommittee assignment will give me an excellent opportunity to address the needs for adequate loan funding and the many details of academic control [¦] I look forward to working with my colleagues, Republican and Democrat, on the committee' [¦] Davis has sponsored a number of bills to improve the nation's education system, including encouraging teachers to receive National Board certification and using the latest science in Even Start training. She recently joined with Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) to provide federal grants to create literacy programs for adolescents." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: Education. 23 January 2012. "A member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Susan believes education is key for us to remain globally competitive and must be the bipartisan issue of our time. She's pushing for a focus on supporting local school districts and teachers, including new funding for early childhood education, grants to recruit and train new teachers and principals, better evaluations, and opportunities for professional development. Smart fiscal responsibility shouldn't impact our students and schools, which is why Susan continues to support funding for crucial education programs like IDEA for disabled children, Impact Aid for military students, and Title I funds for disadvantaged children [¦] Susan joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in San Diego to call for our country to focus on education reform and reauthorizing ESEA." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Susan Davis. Rep Susan Davis and Education Secretary Arne Duncan Call for Education Reform. 23 March 2011. "Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a call for education reform framing the issue in a national security context. The push for reform was at a press conference following a tour of an early childhood facility at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. 'As a nation, we need to harness the same dedication and commitment our service members display every day -- and put it toward our schools [¦] We already have the best military in the world. There is no reason why we can't have the best schools in the world.' Davis also serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and will play a leading role in making improvements to the education system. Davis is working on legislation to advance reform efforts, including a bill to give teachers access to feedback to enhance their teaching skills." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Rep Susan Davis Votes to Protect the Middle Class, Jobs, Public Safety and Public Broadcasting. 19 February 2011. "Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to protect the middle class, job creation and the budding economic recovery by casting a vote against the majority's spending bill (H.R. 1) for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year. 'I opposed the funding bill because it would make irresponsible cuts in critical programs [¦] Decreases in education funding would kick children out of Head Start programs, put teachers out of work, and eliminate job training programs like the summer youth employment program that has been so meaningful to San Diego's disadvantaged youth. The last thing we can afford right now is to go back on our promises on job creation. We all recognize the urgent need to cut spending but we cannot just blindly cut important services that our communities depend on.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "Lower class sizes; student testing at state and local level; incentive pay for teachers who get Nationally Board Certified."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Susan Davis voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Susan Davis voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Susan Davis Votes To Limit Offshore Oil Drilling. 16 September 2008. "Congresswoman Susan Davis supported legislation to put restrictions on drilling off California's coast as part of a far-reaching energy bill passed by the House of Representatives. Under the bill, before any drilling could happen off California's coast, the California government would have to approve it. It would also restrict drilling to fifty miles from the coast. 'More drilling is simply not going to significantly lower prices or solve our energy needs [¦] We need to look forward and use new technologies and renewable energy to create a national energy policy that reflects the 21st Century. We also need to look at conservation efforts, such as increasing fuel economy standards for cars and trucks' [¦] In addition to the drilling provisions, the Comprehensive American Energy Security & Consumer Protection Act would roll back Big Oil tax breaks in a time of record oil company profits and require oil companies to pay royalties already owed to taxpayers; invest in wind, solar and natural gas, 21st century energy sources to create millions of jobs; and release oil from the government's stockpile to bring down gas prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Rep. Susan Davis Votes to Uphold Safety and Environment Protection Rules. 5 May 2010. "Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) today voted against a reckless energy policy, which would open up our nation's coastline to oil drilling without the proper safety and environmental regulations in place [¦] 'The lesson learned from the tragic and disastrous Deepwater Horizon explosion over a year ago was the importance of safety and environmental rules [¦] Lax enforcement resulted in the loss of eleven lives and the worst environmental crisis in decades. Before moving forward with the proposed lease sales, we must make sure with the regulatory part is right' [¦] In addition to voting for safety and environmental protection, Davis voted for a Democratic proposal to eliminate tax breaks for the five largest oil companies -- saving $31 billion over ten years. The bill, which was opposed by the majority, would also ensure that oil companies are paying the royalties they owe to the American taxpayers and hold the oil industry accountable for price gouging." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: Environment. 23 January 2012. "As San Diegans, our oceans and beaches are one of our most prized possessions and keeping them clean and safe has always been a personal priority for Susan. That's why she's a member of the Congressional Oceans Caucus and has repeatedly cosponsored legislation to prohibit environmentally harmful oil drilling off the California coast. The 2010 oil spill off the Gulf Coast was devastating, and Susan continues to push to restore and protect that area. She knows many San Diegans relate on an even more personal level with what the Gulf region has experienced, because we can imagine how awful it would be if our beaches and our marine life were affected by an oil spill. The oil spill underscores why offshore oil drilling isn't the answer to our nation's energy challenges, and why Susan remains seriously concerned about the effects it can have on our economy, precious coastal waters and marine life. It also highlights the need to diversify our energy sources to make us less dependent on oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Susan Davis. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Susan Davis voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Susan Davis voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Susan Davis voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Susan Davis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Susan Davis in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Susan Davis in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Set results-based measures for states and communities to meet environmental law standards; compensation for environmental regulations as reflected in local policy can be effective."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Set results-based measures for states and communities to meet environmental law standards; compensation for environmental regulations as reflected in local policy can be effective."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Set results-based measures for states and communities to meet environmental law standards."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Set results-based measures for states and communities to meet environmental law standards"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action. Other or expanded principles: "I support small business tax incentives to offset minimum wage increase"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Set results-based measures for states and communities to meet environmental law standards."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Set results-based measures for states and communities to meet environmental law standards"
  • Susan Davis. Rep. Susan Davis Backs Bill to Let California Cut Auto Emissions. 10 April 2008. "Congresswoman Susan Davis has become an original cosponsor of legislation to grant California and other states a waiver to implement stricter standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. The Right to Clean Vehicles Act (H.R. 5560) was introduced in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) move to deny California the waiver in December. 'It was certainly a disappointing decision by the EPA [¦] It was swayed by politics instead of being founded in law, which is an all too familiar situation with this Administration' [¦] 'The Environmental Protection Agency should be helping us in our fight to protect the environment, not creating bureaucratic obstacles [¦] The real issue at hand is the right of California, and other states, to have more stringent air quality standards than the federal government's, for which there is ample precedent.' The California plan provides for a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles by 2016. Twelve states have followed California's lead in implementing stricter emissions standards than those required federally, and eight more states are likely to join. Davis, who has routinely championed global warming legislation, stood firm on the issue. 'If the EPA refuses to act administratively, then Congress has no choice but to act legislatively.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Rep. Susan Davis and San Diego Activists Join to Combat Global Warming. 14 April 2007. "Congresswoman Susan Davis called for an 80% reduction in global warming emissions by 2050. Davis teamed with the Surfrider Foundation and San Diego environmental activists at the Ocean Beach Pier to highlight the need for action on global warming. 'Reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 is not only an obtainable goal - it is an imperative one [¦] The science is clear about an uncertain future if we don't cut global warming pollution. We cannot allow our children to inherit this crisis when we have the ability to make a difference right now.' Davis is a cosponsor of the Safe Climate Act of 2007 (HR 1590) [¦] 'Our nation can - and must - become a leader in finding clean energy solutions to provide a safer climate for this generation and generations to come,' concluded Rep. Davis." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Susan Davis voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Susan Davis in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Susan Davis voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Susan Davis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Susan Davis a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Susan Davis voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Require safety courses for gun ownership"
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Susan Davis. Congresswoman Susan Davis Votes to Hold Rogue Gun Makers Accountable. 20 October 2005. "Congresswoman Susan Davis voted against legislation to shield gun manufacturers from civil lawsuits. The bill passed the House of Representative 283-144 [¦] 'This bill not only emboldens the gun dealers that now know they can continue selling guns on the street with impunity, but it bill also emboldens the criminals who know their gun supply will remain steady,' said Rep. Davis. 'This attempt to protect the profits of rogue gun makers will also ensure that taxpayers will bear the burden of the increasing costs associated with gun violence.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Susan Davis voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Susan Davis. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda outside the regular order you so strongly advocated in the Pledge to America, which declares an end to 'the practice of packaging unpopular bills with "must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 8 July 2011. "We made a commitment to states to support them as a part of the Affordable Care Act in the expansion of healthcare to all Americans. This includes expansion of Medicaid to nearly 17 million new individuals over the next decade. We established incentives for states to find the uninsured made newly eligible for the program by covering their full cost initially and 90% permanently. This proposal would retreat on that promise and undermine the health reform effort that we together worked so hard to achieve." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Susan Davis voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Susan Davis voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Susan Davis. Facebook: Wall. 9 December 2010. "As a longtime cosponsor of the DREAM Act, I'm so proud the House finally passed it yesterday in an effort to help the smart and talented students who are American in all but paperwork. Hope the Senate follows our lead next week." (www.facebook.com)
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: Immigration. 20 January 2012. "Successful immigration reform needs to be tough, smart and fair. It should combine strong enforcement with other changes to the system to make it realistic enough to address America's long-term security, stability and prosperity... Susan supports a combination approach to controlling illegal immigration which includes securing the border, enforcing the law in the workplace, creating legal channels for workers to enter the country, and a way to earn legal status... The current flow of illegal immigration needs to be replaced with a lawful channel to satisfy the country's demand for foreign workers... Susan does not support amnesty. She believes undocumented immigrants must come out of the shadows and pass various hurdles to earn the privilege of being allowed to stay. Earned legalization does not mean people will be "cutting in line" as some critics have stated..." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "The Obama administration recently announced a concerted effort to prioritize immigration enforcement. Identification of high-priority deportation cases would be based on the June 17, 2011 prosecutorial discretion memo released by the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton. While that memo discusses the importance of recognizing family ties in analyzing immigration cases, it does not explicitly say that LGBT family ties, including those of spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, are to be included. The Obama administration also announced that a working group made up of officials with the departments of Homeland Security and Justice would be formed to review removal cases and prepare new guidance for the field on immigration enforcement [¦] The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted. The recognition of LGBT family ties as a positive factor is a critical step forward in identifying key family and community ties to implement common-sense immigration enforcement. We ask that you ensure that this recognition is reflected in the work of DHS and DOJ employees and the newly-established working group in implementing your priorities for immigration enforcement." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Letter to the Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, and Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together [...] Our existing, discriminatory immigration laws hurt not only those individuals, but their extended families, communities, and employers, as well. Not only would an inclusive family reunification provision strengthen American families, it would bolster the competitiveness of businesses in the U.S. by allowing corporations to attract, employ, and retain the very best talent from across the globe [...] In truth, no immigration reform bill can be called "comprehensive" unless it includes all Americans, including those who are LGBT. This is recognized in the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 2709), which includes LGBT families in addressing the broader immigration problem of family unification [...] No one should be forced to choose between the person they love and the country they call home. It is time that our immigration laws kept families together instead of tearing them apart." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Susan Davis voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Susan Davis voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Susan Davis voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "I oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as that between an man and a woman. It is an issue that should be left to the states."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "I oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as that between a man and a woman. It is an issue that should be left to the states."
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: Civil Rights. 20 January 2012. "Protecting Americans from Hate Crimes - Susan has been a consistent supporter of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act which would expand federal hate crime protections to offenses involving actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. (H.R. 1592, R.C. #299 passed 237 to 180, May 3, 2007) [¦] Supporting Domestic Partner Benefits - Susan is a cosponsor of, H.R. 2792, the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act. This measure would extend Family and Medical Leave Act provisions to same sex spouses and domestic partners. Susan is also a cosponsor of the Uniting American Families Act, H.R. 2221, which allows U.S. citizens to sponsor their domestic partners for immigration purposes." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Letter to the Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "As members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, we are writing to express our strong support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill which would end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) binational families. We urge Congress to include the Uniting American Families Act (H.R. 1024lS. 424) in any comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "Amending this sacred document that has governed us for centuries has only been done 17 times in our Nation's history-and those changes have served to protect our rights as Americans. Now is not the time to depart from that tradition by threatening the basic principle of equal treatment under the law. And speaking of tradition, Mr. Speaker, we have heard a lot today about the value we should place only upon "traditional" marriage. I would ask those who support this amendment so strongly to talk to the countless special needs children of this country, who have been adopted by caring and nurturing same-sex couples, what "traditional" means to them. Although special needs children are a special gift to this world and to any family, it is often same-sex couples who are most willing to welcome these children into their homes." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "Congress must be vigilant in its oversight of the Justice Department - we must ensure that our efforts to protect our nation from terrorist attacks do not illegally infringe upon the civil rights of American citizens: Homeland Security funding must be scaled back to the level of need for protecting ports, military bases, airports, bridges, and borders."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Davis. Social Security. 20 July 2010. "Mrs. DAVIS of California. Mr. Speaker, for 75 years Social Security has been a promise, an investment in the future of our Nation's workforce. An estimated 159 million Americans are eligible for Social Security benefits, and they have earned them. It is their money, but many worry that these benefits won't be around when they need them. These workers can rest assured that my Democratic colleagues and I intend to preserve and strengthen Social Security for generations to come. Social Security is a major income source for retired Americans, and workers should receive back what they have paid into Social Security over the years. Our children and grandchildren also deserve to have Social Security available to them upon their retirement. We can and we will protect the core values of the Social Security system." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Susan Davis supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Susan Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Susan Davis. Issue Position: Social Security. "The Social Security system is part of what makes America strong, and Susan is committed to safeguarding the program's core value and long-term viability. Susan is concerned about the ongoing discussion regarding Social Security privatization. Privatization places much of the risk of a secure retirement on the volatility of the stock market and economy. Social Security exists for the same reason that insurance exists - it is a safety net in case poor planning, stock market failure or a bad economy eliminates a person's income from other sources. Privatizing our Social Security system makes it vulnerable to the very economic factors that its founders sought to counterbalance." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan Davis. Social Security. 26 July 2005. "Mrs. DAVIS of California. Mr. Speaker, my colleagues have been saying all along that the recently introduced Social Security GROW Act does not address the future solvency of Social Security, that it will cut guaranteed Social Security benefits, and that it continues the raid on the Social Security Trust Fund, despite what its sponsors say [¦] This legislation is not the way to preserve Social Security. As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Social Security, we should be straightening it rather than jeopardizing our citizens' hard-earned retirement savings." (votesmart.org)

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.

Congressional Election 2006 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

I strongly support a woman's right to choose. I support funding for family planning programs. I also support restoring the rights to access safe, legal abortions for military women as the right of every other American woman.

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Maintain Statusl) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
Slightly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Decreasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Slightly increase research and development for communication and information technology.

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

Slightly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Maintain Statusb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

Maintain Statusf) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Slightly Increasee) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories

Must extend child tax credit to very low-income and individuals many of whom are serving in Iraq.

No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Repeal tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent; repeal or reduce subsidies, especially for oil companies; control spending; institute pay as you go (PAYGO) budget enforcement rules.

7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
Xc) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Xf) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
Undecidedg) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Undecidedh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles

I oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as that between an man and a woman. It is an issue that should be left to the states.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xg) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles

I support prosecuting children as adults based upon judicial discretion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.

Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
Xg) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles

I support funding drug demand reduction programs. We must reduce demand in conjunction with our foreign counter-narcotics efforts

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xg) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

Lower class sizes; student testing determined at the state and local level; incentive pay for teachers who get National Board Certification.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

I support small business tax incentives to offset minimum wage increases.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.

Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xh) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
k) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xm) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles

Set results-based measures for states and communities to meet environmental law standards; compensation for environmental regulations as reflected in local policy can be effective.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

Require safety courses for gun ownership.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xd) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xg) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
h) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles

I strongly oppose efforts to clone human beings. However, I support therapeutic cloning, commonly referred to as stem cell research, as it may yield cures for our most debilitating diseases.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
Xd) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles

Our current immigration system is broken and changes are needed. We need to use the enforcement tool against those hiring illegal immigrants. I support immigration reforms that recognize our security concerns, economic concerns, and family values.

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Nod) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

"I opposed using military force and believe the Bush administration has been grossly incompetent in conducting the post occupation. We must push the administration to clearly develop a transition policy where Iraqis confront violence from within. For any military solution to be successful it must include support for infrastructure development which has been missing under this administration. Contract fraud and abuse must be addressed so that the international community might aid in development efforts."

f) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.

Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedb) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Noe) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

We must continue and encourage international aid and participation in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles

US participation in UN peacekeeping missions should be made on a case by case basis and should not compromise the military command structure of our armed forces.

Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
No5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Undecideda) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
Nof) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

Congress must be vigilant in its oversight of the Justice Department - we must ensure that our efforts to protect our nation from terrorists attacks to do not illegally infringe upon the civil rights of American citizens. Homeland Security funding must be scaled to the level of need for protecting ports, military bases, airports, bridges, and borders.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Deficit spending and reckless tax cuts for the wealthy are the biggest threats to Social Security solvency.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Encourage public-private partnerships; Maintain moratorium on taxing Internet access.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles

Prohibit discrimination in hiring practices at all poverty aid organizations; Provide mental health services and residential treatment for the mentally ill homeless.

On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 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.

In Congress, I will continue to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle. In education, I will work to close the achievement gap, improve teacher quality, and fully fund NCLB. Health care and prescription drugs must be more affordable; allow the government to negotiate lower drug prices; address Medicare reimbursement and Social Security solvency. Reducing global warming emissions must be a top priority. In the war on terror, take diplomacy off the back burner to create a positive mix with military and special forces operations.