Representative Barbara J. Lee's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 13, Democratic
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Barbara Lee has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

California Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

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

I strongly support a women's constitutionally protected right to chose and Roe v. Wade.

YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
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I support fairness in taxation in order to help fund vital investments in our nation's future. We should close loop holes for Big Oil and ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.

I have authored legislation to audit the Pentagon and believe there is substantial savings we could realize from eliminating waste, fraud and abuse at the Penatgon. There is also billions in savings that we could achieve with common sense cuts to outdated weapons and equipment - all without harming our national security.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
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NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
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This approach is flawed, and depends on the specifics.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
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YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
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I have supported cap and trade legislation and continue to do so.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
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Preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is critical to U.S. national security and promotes a more peaceful Middle East. I strongly support the Administration's diplomatic efforts to reach an agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program and fully support efforts to deter the pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Increasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Top priorities include: raising the minimum wage and creating jobs; tackling poverty and income inequality; enacting comprehensive immigration reform; addressing the real threat of climate change; working to help provide a world class education is available to all.