Representative Barbara J. Lee's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 13, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 13
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2006 general election. (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 Barbara Lee a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Barbara Lee 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 Barbara Lee in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be legal. Roe v. Wade must be kept in place."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Barbara Lee. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this rule and this bill. Instead of focusing on jobs, Republicans are continuing to wage their war on women with this dangerous legislation today. This bill forces comprehensive coverage for women to be dropped from the State exchanges, cutting off millions of women from affordable, comprehensive health care. And you know that Federal funds have not been allowed for abortion since 1976--to my dismay--and nothing has changed. This bill makes it virtually impossible for any health care plan to offer abortion coverage and allows hospitals to refuse--mind you, refuse--to provide lifesaving care to a woman who needs an abortion to protect her own life. This is unprecedented and should be rejected. We cannot and must not allow the Republicans to turn the clock back on women, on choice, and on our access to health care. I remember the days of back alley abortions--women died, women were injured for life. Let's not go back there. I urge my colleagues to reject this unnecessary and harmful legislation. Health care decisions should be made by women and their health care providers, not Republicans and the House of Representatives who want to impose their own ideological agenda on women. We should be creating jobs, not interfering with women's reproductive rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. "Here we go again. Instead of working on creating jobs and jump-starting the economy, we're debating another cynical and divisive attempt to strip away the rights of women. Republicans continue to perpetrate their war on women while millions of people around the country are desperate for jobs to help provide for their families. Let me be clear. Current law already bans Federal funds from being used for abortions. That is a fact--even though I personally think we should get rid of that ban. What's next? Are we going to block transportation funding because it might be used to build a road to a hospital that provides a road to abortion? Come on. By the logic of this bill, any type of Federal funding, whether it's health related or not, would become abortion money. That is such a cynical ploy on the majority side. This bill specifically attacks low-income women in the District of Columbia by permanently prohibiting the District from spending its purely local funds on abortions for low-income women.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. In Opposition To The Stupak Amendment. 9 December 2009. "I rise to join my colleagues in opposition to further restrictions on the constitutionally guaranteed right to abortion. Last night the other body wisely defeated an amendment mirrored on the Stupak language that would have gone far and away beyond the current Hyde Amendment restrictions on abortion law. That amendment, like the Stupak amendment we adopted in the House represented a blatant attack on women. It attempts to dictate how individual Americans can spend their own money. That is simply outrageous. The federal government has no place inserting itself between the medical decisions that a woman makes with her doctor. This is a democracy, not a theocracy. The religious views of some should not dictate public policy for all. We've got to follow the Senate's lead and strip the Stupak language from the final health reform bill and ensure that woman can exercise their right to seek an abortion. We cannot and should not compromise away the rights of women to win votes. We have already compromised far too much." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Correcting the Enrollment of H.R. 1473. 14 April 2011. "I rise in strong opposition to the Republican war on women, and that is what this is. Republicans have already moved to ban the District of Columbia from using its own money for abortions. Shameful. Now they want to go after America's most trusted provider of health care services for women. Shameful. In many undeserved communities, Planned Parenthood is the principal source of basic primary health services for poor and low-income women. Last year, millions of women received breast and cervical cancer screenings, testing, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, and family planning, and contraception, mind you, through Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood saves lives. This is not about abortions. Only 3 percent of the services they provide involve abortions, and the law already prohibits Federal funding for abortions, though this law really should be repealed. This does not reduce the deficit nor create jobs. Family planning programs actually save taxpayers $4 for every $1 we invest in them. This is really about pandering to the extreme right wing that wants to take us back to the days of back-alley abortions. They want to deny family planning and basic health care services for women. This is a war on women." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Condemns High Court Decision on Abortion Ban. 19 April 2007. "We cannot let right wing extremists take us back to the days of back alley abortions. [¦] We need to pass the Freedom of Choice Act and ensure that politicians will not be able to interfere in decisions that should take place between women and their doctors." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. 'As a person of faith who was raised in the Catholic Church, I have the deepest respect for Mr. Stupak and Mr. Pitts. I know personally the moral dilemmas women face in making personal decisions about abortion, but I'll tell you one thing, I remember the days of back alley abortions, and this amendment takes us one step back to those dark days. This amendment goes way beyond the Hyde amendment that denies Federal funds for abortion and attempts to dictate to women how to spend their own money. It is simply outrageous. It is outrageous." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Barbara Lee. The Progressive Message. 13 October 2011. "This bill which was passed today is really just the newest attack in what I have been calling from day one the Republican 'war on women'. Today, instead of focusing on ways to find jobs for Americans, the Republicans are focusing on eliminating family planning programs, undercutting women's right to choose, and returning our country, unfortunately, to the days of back-alley abortions, which I remember very well. H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act--can you believe that, `Protect Life Act'--forces coverage for women to be dropped from State exchanges, which will cut off millions of women from affordable, comprehensive health care. In fact, this bill makes it virtually impossible for any health care plan to offer abortion coverage and allows hospitals to refuse to provide lifesaving care to a woman who needs an abortion to protect her own life. This is unprecedented, and it should have been rejected on this floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. The Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008. 21 June 2007. "Again, it has nothing to do with providing assistance for abortions, which are already strictly and clearly prohibited in 10 other provisions in this bill, which, I must say, I am very disappointed with. But the fact is that those provisions are there. By providing contraceptives, we will actually help to reduce abortions, reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS and save the lives of mothers and infants by reducing the number of high-risk and unintended pregnancies. The negative impact of the gag rule, which, of course, as I said earlier, and you all know this, this bill leaves the gag rule in place, but the negative impact is well documented. Since it was reinstated in 2001, shipments of United States-donated contraceptives have ceased in 20 developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The NGOs most affected are often the ones with the most extensive distribution networks and the largest outreach to young women in rural areas. They often provide the only family planning program in a region and they have suffered severely from the cutoff of contraceptive shipments. The Smith amendment would continue to punish these NGOs for running successful family planning programs and would effectively undermine the goal we all share to reduce abortions and HIV and AIDS around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Barbara Lee. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "As you consider Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations legislation, we urge you to protect the District of Columbia's right to self-government as well as the health and reproductive rights of low-income women in the District of Columbia. We respectfully request that you ensure that language that undermines self-government is not included in subsequent legislation as it was in the House Appropriations committee-approved bill. Specifically, we urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government. The autonomy of the District is necessary for democratic self-governance, and Congress should be mindful not to violate District residents' rights to control their own tax dollars. The Home Rule Act of 1973 was a result of decades of efforts to protect the rights of District residents. Republicans have spent much of the 112th Congress interfering in local District matters. Each time Democrats accede to violations of the District's home rule, we embolden Republicans to continue their attacks. By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Health Care Reform. 27 July 2009. "The simple fact is that the federal government is specifically prohibited from providing support for abortions in this country--although I believe we've got to get rid of this prohibition." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee: High Unemployment Rate Underscores the Need to Leave Afghanistan. 6 May 2011. "This report is also a timely reminder of why the President should use this opportunity, now that Osama bin Laden is gone, to begin a significant and sizeable reduction of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in July. We cannot afford to keep spending over $100 billion a year fighting an endless war in Afghanistan as we neglect important priorities here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. CPC Peace & Security Task Force Holds Hearing on 10th Anniversary of U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan. 7 October 2011. "After ten years and $460 billion invested in an unstable country with untrustworthy leadership, it is past time to end the war in Afghanistan. Ten years is ten years too long for this wasteful war; it is time to bring our troops and our tax dollars home. That's why I introduced HR 780 to safely and swiftly redeploy all combat troops and military contractors from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Peace Action 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of Peace Action West 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support free and fair trade."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support free and fair trade."
  • Barbara Lee. Poverty. 4 October 2011. "These statistics come on the somber anniversary of the 10 years of the war in Afghanistan, which was a blank check that should not have been written and that, of course, I could not support. In many ways, this war has significantly contributed to these staggering statistics, which we know are not just numbers but are human lives. We must create jobs. We have to create a way to maintain our social safety net." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. The Daily Kos - Ten Years Later: Is Anyone Paying Attention?. 21 October 2011. "When I cast my lone vote against authorizing a blank check for war, I was concerned that it had opened the door to war without end. Ten years and $460 billion later, it is clear there is no military solution. Not only does the U.S. policy of endless war erode global peace and security, it directly undermines the fight against poverty at home. [¦] If we fail to act, we risk depriving an entire generation of the opportunity to contribute, to invent, and to thrive “ and our economy will continue to suffer. That is not the American promise. We must resolve to restore the American Dream that has been dashed for so many hard-working families. Ten years is ten years too long for this wasteful war; it is time to bring our troops and our tax dollars home." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Hearing of the House Rules Committee - In Support of Lee Amendments to H.R. 1540 Defense Authorization Act for FY12. 23 May 2011. "There is no military solution in Afghanistan, and it is not in our economic and national security interest to remain there. The American people overwhelmingly support action to speed up the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. To rectify this, my amendment number 168 will end combat operations in Afghanistan and limit funding to the safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Lee Votes Against Defense Appropriations Bill, Calls for Cuts to Bloated Pentagon Budget and Swift Withdrawal from Afghanistan, Iraq. 8 July 2011. "Bring our troops home by the end of next year and cut $33 billion from Afghanistan Combat Operations." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "In the ten years since the 9/11 attacks, spending on defense and security has increased 96% and totaled almost $8 trillion. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost $1.36 trillion, and taken the lives of over six thousand men and women while leaving over thirty thousand wounded. In the same time frame, the base budget for the Pentagon has mushroomed to $5.6 trillion. A recent report from the General Accountability Office detailed hundreds of billions of dollars in duplicative programs with little oversight. Significant savings could be realized by auditing the Pentagon and requiring that it produce financial documents like any private sector business." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 24 June 011. "We write to you with serious concerns about the pace of withdrawal of our American troops from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We applaud your announcement Wednesday of an initial withdrawal of 10,000 troops this year, but believe withdrawal should be dramatically accelerated. Like all Americans, we are deeply proud of the hard work and incredible sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, and we know they are carrying out the mission in Afghanistan with dedication and extraordinary competence. Throughout this nearly ten-year military campaign, they have done all we have asked of them, and represented our nation's very best values and ideals. But now, especially considering the recent death of Osama bin Laden, we believe the time has come to dramatically accelerate the reduction of our military presence in Afghanistan. We respectfully request that you accelerate your Administration's withdrawal plan so that the so-called "surge troops" who were deployed in 2009 be redeployed by the end of this calendar year; with the additional goal of developing a plan to bring all of our remaining troops home safely and honorably by the end of next year." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. USA Today - Opposing View: Bring the Troops Home. 6 May 2011. "The world has breathed a sigh of relief now that the most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, is no longer a threat. While nothing will ever completely ease the pain of families of 9/ll victims and others around the world, I am hopeful that they feel some comfort now that bin Laden is gone. And as decisively as President Obama acted in executing the special operations action against bin Laden, we need that same leadership to bring our brave troops home from Afghanistan and end America's longest war. In a world where terrorism can emanate from the tribal regions of Yemen or a hotel room in Germany, we cannot adequately address these challenges through a military-first, "boots on the ground" strategy. Military and foreign policy experts agree that there is no military solution in Afghanistan and that any lasting solution must involve a negotiated peace settlement. U.S. officials, including CIA Director Leon Panetta, have confirmed that al-Qaeda's presence in Afghanistan is severely diminished. It is clear that occupying states and nation-building do not make for effective counterterrorism. According to a February Gallup poll, 72% of Americans favor swifter action to bring our brave troops home. Also in February, the Democratic National Committee adopted my resolution supporting a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. This March, a bipartisan group of 80 House colleagues joined me in calling on the president to commit to a significant and sizeable force reduction beginning in July. And just last month, the president echoed this sentiment, saying that the scheduled July reduction in troops will be 'significant.' At a time when we should be focused on our economic recovery here at home, we cannot afford to keep spending over $100 billion a month fighting an endless war in Afghanistan. I commend the president's message for national unity and global solidarity in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's demise -- and now urge the president to harness this opportunity and call for swift withdrawal of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, beginning with an announcement of a significant and sizable reduction this July." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Barbara Lee. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Bloated Pentagon budget for outdated cold war weapons should be slashed. Waste fraud and abuse in all programs should and must be addressed. The Pentagon must be audited and held accountable for spending."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Not a Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense" Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. Other or expanded principles: "Housing, Education, Social Services, Jobs, Universal Health Plan, Physical Infrastructure, + Global & Domestic HIV & AIDS"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Bloated Pentagon budget for outdated cold war weapons should be slashed. Waste fraud and abuse in all programs should and must be addressed. The Pentagon must be audited and held accountable for spending."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "We need to increase domestic discretionary spending on a range of vital issues. Resources should be used wisely and for programs with proven ability to make change. In the case of Defense, we need to restore common sense and ensure funding does not go to outdated cold war weapon systems or projects like Missile Defense."
  • Barbara Lee. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 'The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more.' [...] The June 2010 report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force detailed proposals to reduce our nuclear stockpile substantially, realizing savings of over $100 billion without compromising our national security. The report proposed over $960 billion in defense department savings over the next decade. [...] Bringing our defense spending in line with our legitimate security needs must be considered along with other measures to regain our economic footing." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Opposes Defense Appropriations Bill. 31 July 2009. "However, at a time when our nation is facing an unprecedented series of challenges, I believe we must do more to curb the runaway growth in defense spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "The President did express support for the modest military spending cuts proposed by Secretary Gates, and while this is a positive step, we should do more. We must reign in out-of-control defense spending that now sends nearly 60 percent of all discretionary dollars into a black hole at the Pentagon with no oversight, no accountability, and no consequences." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "Earlier this year, the House passed a resolution to reduce non-security domestic spending to 2008 levels. This amendment gives us a chance to put our money where our mouths are. It simply says that defense spending should be reduced to 2008 levels. If we are serious about getting our fiscal house in order, then we need to apply the same rules, mind you, to defense as non-defense discretionary spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Hearing of the House Rules Committee - In Support of Lee Amendments to H.R. 1540 Defense Authorization Act for FY12. 23 May 2011. "Furthermore, I urge the committee to make in order number 171, cosponsored by Representative Stark, to return defense spending to 2008 levels. It is time to ramp down the unchecked bloated Pentagon spending abroad that imperils our domestic econorruc recovery.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the 'base' or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to 'go where the money is' requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Representative Barbara Lee Statement on the President's Budget and the Republican Proposal to Slash Critical Investments in Job Creation, Job Training, and Education. 14 February 2011. "I am also disappointed in some of the funding cuts for essential programs announced within the President's budget. However, the budget restores critical funding for food stamps that I worked with the President and his Administration to reinstate. And while I am encouraged that the President took some modest steps to trim our defense spending, I will continue to work in a bipartisan way to cut wasteful and unnecessary items in our defense budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Republican Budget Plan Full of Reckless Spending Cuts That Hurt Everyone. 19 February 2011. "In addition, the Republican plan calls for deep spending cuts that would make pre-school education less accessible for children, college education less affordable for low-income students, take cops off the beat, and prevent many families from owning a home. This plan hurts everyone in every community across America. I offered amendments that would have improved this bill by cutting wasteful items in our defense spending budget and providing emergency benefits to long-term unemployed workers, but Republicans blocked those common-sense improvements to this legislation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "In this political climate, present tax system is more progressive than any new leg'n"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "In this political climate, present tax system is more progressive than any new leg'n"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "institute prog. taxes"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "Over 400K"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "In this political climate, present tax system is more progressive than any new leg'n"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "institute prog. taxes"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "institute prog. taxes"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "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. h) Income taxes (high-income families)" 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. Other or expanded principles: "Appropriate realignments of tax brackets (and lower tax bracket percent of the lowest income earners) to move more truly middle class tax payers into lower brackets is appropriate - just as the re-establishment of higher tax brackets for the truly wealthy is appropriate. Our tax system must be simplified and more progressive to address the need of working families, the huge wealth gap between rich and poor and the policies of the past Administrations which have resulted in a massive squeeze on the middle class."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)" 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. Other or expanded principles: "Appropriate realignments of tax brackets (and lower tax bracket percent of the lowest income earners) to move more truly middle class tax payers into lower brackets is appropriate - just as the re-establishment of higher tax brackets for the truly wealthy is appropriate. Our tax system must be simplified and more progressive to address the need of working families, the huge wealth gap between rich and poor and the policies of the past Administrations which have resulted in a massive squeeze on the middle class."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "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. f) $350,001 and above" Family Income Taxes Other or expanded principles: "Our tax system should be progressive and fair."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "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. d) $100,001-$180,000" Family Income Taxes Other or expanded principles: "Our tax system should be progressive and fair."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. d) Over $150,000" Income Taxes - Family Income Other or expanded principles: "over 400K"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000" Income Taxes - Family Income Other or expanded principles: "over 400k"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "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. e) $180,001-$350,000" Family Income Taxes Other or expanded principles: "Our tax system should be progressive and fair."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "Greatly increase: over $400,000"
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Opposes Tax Cut Package. 17 December 2010. "We should let the Bush tax breaks for the rich expire. Period. They are a big part of the current deficit in the first place. Extending them for another 2 years digs us deeper into this deficit hole - and we know who will end up paying for it. It won't be the rich “ it will be the poor, low income communities, and communities of color, who lack well paid lobbyists to look out for their interests on Capitol Hill [¦] We should not allow the other side of the aisle to shove tax breaks for the super rich down our throats in exchange for middle income tax cuts." (lee.house.gov)
  • Barbara Lee. Budget Control Act of 2011. 1 August 2011. "The Democratic Clinton Administration had higher tax rates and created millions more jobs than the Bush Republicans and we had a robust and growing economy. The Democratic Clinton Administration left George Bush a revenue surplus, which he promptly squandered and drove the economy into a ditch, twice." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Reckless Republican Tax Cuts for Rich Hurt Families, Working Poor. 2 August 2012. "The Republican majority is so busy trying to write a big check “ $160,000 on average “ to every millionaire in America, that it forgot to protect 13 million low wage families and nearly 26 million children from a massive tax increase. [¦] Failing these families would push hard working men and women and their children back into poverty, while giving away tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. The wealthiest Americans must be asked to pay their fair share and to invest in the future success of all Americans, not just the wealthy few." (lee.house.gov)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Barbara Lee. Economy and Jobs. 9 November 2011. "In the last year alone our economy has lost over 1.2 million private sector jobs, and millions more are now in jeopardy due to the reckless economic policies of the Bush Administration. As the economic crisis widens, State budget deficits are growing, access to capital has shrunk and many business are facing potential collapse. These widespread economic problems have only served to reinforce the growing inequality between rich and poor as CEOs have been rewarded with high priced golden parachutes even as their companies disintegrate due to mismanagement and their employees are laid off. In fact, over the last eight years the wealthiest segment of our society has enjoyed substantial growth in wealth and income even as most individuals have seen their income levels stagnate. Congresswoman Lee is committed to promoting economic growth and supporting those who need it most. She supports tax cuts for middle and low income families. She has fought for extended unemployment assistance for the long-term unemployed. She has pushed for aid to state governments that have been burdened with rising Medicare costs and expensive federal mandates even as their revenues have plunged. Finally, she has worked to secure investment in housing, transit systems, roads, clean water, and schools to stimulate the economy and create jobs." (lee.house.gov)
  • Barbara Lee. Lee Opposes Debt Ceiling Deal. 1 August 2011. "First, it totally fails to address the urgent and most pressing crisis in the country: the lack of jobs and economic growth. At a time when investments are needed to jump start our economy and put people back to work, I believe this deal and its cuts-only approach is the wrong approach. Clearly, allowing the false link between the debt ceiling and the deficit to gain any credibility was a mistake. And it is an outrage that we stand here today. A clean debt ceiling vote and a reasonable and balanced approach to deficit reduction is what has long been required.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Lee Statement on February Jobs Report. 9 March 2012. "We must invest in programs and projects that create jobs. We must specifically address long-term and chronic unemployment. And we must act immediately." (lee.house.gov)
  • Barbara Lee. Lee Statement on June Jobs Report: GOP Obstruction Costing Jobs. 6 July 2012. "The stagnant unemployment rate is bad enough, but with African American joblessness up nearly a percentage point from last month, to 14.4 %, we are long overdue for a serious jobs plan"one that will spur economic growth and accelerate job creation by strengthening the public sector, investing in our infrastructure, increasing job training efforts and strengthening our safety net." (lee.house.gov)
  • Barbara Lee. Lee to GOP: We Need a Jobs Bill. 1 June 2012. "I urge GOP House leaders to bring up the American Jobs Act, invest in our infrastructure, increase job training efforts, and strengthen our safety net.  Only by providing these millions of struggling American families with genuine and long term pathways to prosperity, can we reignite the American Dream."    (lee.house.gov)
  • Barbara Lee. Where are the Jobs? 3 May 2011. "After 17 weeks of controlling the House, Republicans have no plan to create jobs and no plan to spur economic growth. Instead, they proposed a budget that puts our country on a road to ruin. They want to end Medicare, gut Medicaid, strip funding for Pell Grants and elementary and secondary education for our students, while hobbling our Nation's transportation infrastructure. Yet again this week, Republicans are offering slogans instead of solutions: `Drill Baby Drill,'' `Kill the Bill.' These slogans don't amount to a plan to create jobs or guarantee access to health care in America. Instead of another very cynical attempt to repeal health reform and perpetrate their war on women, and instead of offering oil companies free reign off our coasts, we should be working together to help the unemployed and to create jobs. We must not forget the 99ers and we must help them, people who have moved out of their unemployment benefits. They've actually maxed out. And we must invest in our country to stimulate job creation. Democrats have a plan while Republicans can only offer rhetoric." (votesmart.org)
  • Progressive Democrats of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on September Jobs Report. 7 October 2011. "Jobs are the pathway out of poverty. We must invest in our people. Congress must enact President Obama's American Jobs Act and put people back to work. We must ensure that the work of the Supercommittee (the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction) is focused on economic growth, job creation, preservation of the social safety net, identification of revenue raisers that are fair, and cuts to a bloated Pentagon budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee 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 Barbara Lee a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?" Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Other or expanded principles: "HIV/AIDS, Global + Domestic"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "While a balanced budget should and must be a goal, there are circumstances which would warrant an exception."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Barbara Lee. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Small Businesses Are Job Creators. 23 September 2010. "Mr. Speaker, small businesses are job creators. During this economic downturn, it is very important to support the engines of our economy which created two-thirds of the new jobs over the past 15 years. As a former small business owner for 11 years, I personally know what it takes to create jobs. For the life of me, I can't understand why Republicans have opposed the eight tax cuts for small businesses and the $30 billion lending fund for small businesses and community banks that will create $300 billion in investments. Republicans continue to deny small businesses the pro-growth initiatives that will help create jobs. Their true motives, to favor big business over small business, Wall Street over Main Street, and the wealthy over the middle class and the poor, have been exposed. Democrats are working day and night to help America recover from the Republican recession. Republicans should really try to make up for shattering the lives of millions by at least supporting small businesses to help turn the economy around." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4849, Small Business And Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act Of 2010. 23 March 2010. "I rise in support of the rule and, of course, the bill, H.R. 4849, the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010. I want to especially thank Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Levin, Chairman Rangel, Chairman McDermott, and the staff of the Ways and Means Committee, and our staff, for working with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus to ensure that this legislation targets those hardest hit by the recession. The members of the Congressional Black Caucus have been laser-focused on stimulating our economy and creating jobs, especially for the chronically unemployed. As my colleagues know, we are in the midst of a 5-week campaign launched at the beginning of this month to seek policy solutions for the chronically unemployed. We are working together with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and all of our leadership and Members of Congress and our coalition partners on a strategy to put America back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Department on Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 14 April 2011. "These cuts won't create jobs, foster economic opportunity, or provide pathways out of poverty. Instead, this bill eliminates billions in investments in our workforce, our transportation infrastructure, our small businesses and, most importantly, in our people. It's a bold assault on millions of people who rely on our safety net." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Congressional Black Caucus. 24 May 2010. "So I urge all of us to support H.R. 4213 and get this passed. This bill will also provide critical tax cuts and support for American workers through the end of this year. Some of the other provisions included in this legislation would provide tax relief to businesses and State and local governments to help them invest and to create jobs, provide important tax cuts to put money back into the pockets of working families, and help restore the flow of credit to enable small businesses to expand and hire new workers by extending small business loan programs. This bill also expands career training for Americans who are looking for work. It extends eligibility for the unemployed who need the unemployment insurance benefits, also COBRA, the health care tax credits, and other critical programs that families and communities depend on through these hard economic times. This, and sometimes I call it the survival package, which is what it is, helps families maintain and only maintain until they can get back on their feet and also until we can do more in terms of creating some real good paying and sustainable jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Supports Small Business Jobs Act. 23 September 2010. "Small businesses have and continue to be the backbone of our economy. Over the last 15 years, the have created two-thirds of the new jobs. The passage of this legislation was a crucial step to moving our economy forward. Ironically, on this same day House Republicans stood at a small business in Virginia to introduce their new agenda that calls for tax breaks for America's small businesses, they came back to Washington to vote against tax breaks for small businesses. This legislation will give small businesses a much needed boost through tax-incentives so that they can begin to put people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. 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: "l) Poor question Pay a living wage"
  • Barbara Lee. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Barbara Lee. Senator Lautenberg, Representatives Lee and Shays Say It's Time To Provide "REAL" Comprehensive Sex Education. 22 March 2007. "At a press conference today on Capitol Hill, U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Responsible Education About Life or 'REAL' Act, a bill that would authorize federal funds for states to offer comprehensive and medically accurate sexual education in their schools." (lee.house.gov)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "NCLB needs to be significantly rewritten to take into account the problems and lessons learned."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Federal" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education" Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. Other or expanded principles: "Minimal fed'l standards on above; states may always exceed - Federal"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Bloated Pentagon budget for outdated cold war weapons should be slashed. Waste fraud and abuse in all programs should and must be addressed. The Pentagon must be audited and held accountable for spending."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Barbara Lee. 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"
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional 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)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Social Services -- Greatly Increase"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional 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)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Higher Edu'n -- Greatly Increase"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "We need to increase domestic discretionary spending on a range of vital issues. Resources should be used wisely and for programs with proven ability to make change. In the case of Defense, we need to restore common sense and ensure funding does not go to outdated cold war weapon systems or projects like Missile Defense."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional 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)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Physical.... -- Greatly Increase"
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Bloated Pentagon budget for outdated cold war weapons should be slashed. Waste fraud and abuse in all programs should and must be addressed. The Pentagon must be audited and held accountable for spending."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Barbara Lee. Education- A Passport to a Brighter Future. 9 November 2011. "It is time that our policy and funding priorities take a new direction for our children. That means investing in education. When we do that, we invest in our future." (lee.house.gov)
  • Barbara Lee. Pelosi Statement on the Effect of Bush Budget on Women. 17 March 2004. "As you said when speaking at a school in Maryland last month, Republicans and Democrats came together and agreed that we need to invest more money in education, so that children get the help they need with reading and math. But you did not mention that your budget fails to provide $9.4 billion in promised funding for education reforms - meaning that 2.4 million children will not get the help with reading and math that they were promised." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Education- A Passport to a Brighter Future. 9 November 2011. "Congresswoman Lee helped craft the Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) LHHS Appropriations bill, which will help 5.7 million low“ and middle“income families pay for college by investing an additional $3.1 billion to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $169 over 2008, to $4,410. With additional mandatory funding under the College Cost Reduction Act, the Congress will have increased the maximum Pell Grant by $850 since 2006. The FY09 LHHS bill rejects the President's $281 million cut to after-school programs, which would end services for as many as 1.1 million disadvantaged children. Instead, the bill provides a $50 million increase over last year to $1.1 billion for after“school centers.The FY09 LHHS bill expands Federal support for early childhood education, which has an enormous payoff to society. It includes $7.1 billion for Head Start services for nearly 900,000 low“income children, which is $242 million over last year." (lee.house.gov)
  • Barbara Lee. Education- A Passport to a Brighter Future. 9 November 2011. "The Congresswoman's support of education revolves around several central goals: providing ample funding for public schools; ensuring equal access to education for every student; expanding support services for education; and ensuring lifetime learning “ making early education (pre-school, Head Start) and higher education accessible for everyone. Next year, the 111th Congress will also consider reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The original NCLB was intended to address the laudable goals of maximizing student achievement and closing disparate learning gaps between our young people. However, the federal mandates imposed by NCLB to reduce class sizes, expand early childhood education and after-school programs, and improve professional development for teachers and education have largely gone unfunded and as a result, have overburdened our school systems with unachievable goals. Although NCLB was also designed to raise the reading and writing levels of America's children and provide measurable means of testing those abilities, it has instead forced teachers to 'teach to the test' in order to meet the mandates of the legislation. These and other gaps in the legislation require thorough scrutiny and reform as Congress considers ways to improve the NCLB. Congresswoman Lee will continue to fight for better education for our Nation's children as discussions on the reauthorization of this important legislation get underway." (lee.house.gov)
  • Barbara Lee. Oakland Unified School District One of 23 Districts Named as 2011 Grant Recipients by U.S. Department of Education. 23 November 2011. "OUSD was among 600 applicants for the 2011 Investing in Innovations funding. As a highest-rated applicant, OUSD stands to receive $3 million in funding, provided that the district is able to secure the equivalent of 15 percent of the award in matching funds by December 9, 2011. Under the grant's guidelines, the U.S. Department of Education will award funding to districts that work to improve the participation and success of underserved students in advanced academic programs, develop new interim assessment strategies for students, and use the results of assessments to implement innovative educational programs. 'It is a tribute to the leadership of OUSD that the district is among 23 finalists in the nation selected for this important grant program,' said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. 'As we all know, investing in innovative educational programs helps to dramatically improve student achievement and increases their chances of securing a college education.'' (lee.house.gov)

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  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Barbara Lee joins Rep. John Garamendi and Broad Coalition of Members of Congress and Environmental Leaders to Discuss Legislative Efforts on Offshore Oil Drilling. 12 May 2010. "Offshore drilling poses too great a risk to our coastal communities, economies, and our ecosystems. This was made painfully clear by the recent British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The best and most responsible path forward is one in which our coastlines remain free of offshore oil and gas drilling, and our demand for fossil fuels is diminished through the use of renewable energy sources and the deployment of energy efficient technologies. I am pleased to join with Congressman Garamendi in this effort to protect our coasts against unnecessary drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. National Security and Dependence on Oil. 16 June 2010. "The fact is, offshore drilling poses too great a risk to our coastal communities, economies, and our ecosytem. This has been made painfully clear by the recent British Petroleum oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico [¦] It's time to take a stand, and it's time to declare that enough is enough. We must be committed to a cleaner, greener future--and that future starts with putting and end to offshore drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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)."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Nuclear reactor should only be developed if safety and waste issues have been resolved."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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)."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Barbara Lee. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Rep. Garamendi Introduces His First Bill, Would End New Oil And Natural Gas Leases On West Coast. 5 May 2010. "Offshore drilling poses too great a risk to our coastal communities, economies, and our ecosystems. This was made painfully clear by the recent British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The best and most responsible path forward is one in which our coastlines remain free of offshore oil and gas drilling, and our demand for fossil fuels is diminished through the use of renewable energy sources and the deployment of energy efficient technologies. I am pleased to join with Congressman Garamendi in this effort to protect our coasts against unnecessary drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Lee Urges Secretary of the Interior to Protect California's Shoreline from Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling. 16 April 2009. "For more than 25 years, the Congress and the President maintained a bipartisan agreement to ban any new drilling off our shores because we believed it was more important to safeguard the health and beauty of our coastal environment for future generations to enjoy. The moratorium on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf, which unfortunately was allowed to lapse in 2008, long stood as a shining example of our commitment to balancing America's energy needs with the protection of our nation's most pristine and environmentally sensitive areas. I continue to believe that the best and most responsible path in the development of energy resources is a forward is one in which our coastlines remain free of offshore oil and gas drilling, and our demand for fossil fuels is diminished through the use of renewable energy sources and the deployment of energy efficient technologies." (votesmart.org)

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  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Supports Clean Energy and Security Act. 26 June 2009. "This legislation takes concrete steps toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions and will help the United States to engage with the international community to address global climate change. Additionally, it will create millions of high-paying, career-term green jobs that represent a much needed pathway out of poverty for millions of individuals across this country. I commend my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus and Tri-Caucus who helped to champion the cause for funding of the Green Jobs Act through this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Supports California's Emission Rule. 6 March 2008. "I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Right to Clean Vehicles Act, which is intended to immediately grant California's waiver, as well as provide the authority for a growing number of additional states seeking to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Supports Obama Administration Proposal for Stricter Auto Emissions and Efficiency Standards. 19 May 2009. "This bold move by the Obama Administration to end our dependence on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a clear change in course from the Bush Administration's decision last year to block California's efforts to combat global warming and promote the use of cleaner, more efficient vehicles on their roads." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Applauds New Fuel Economy Guidelines. 15 September 2009. "I further urge the EPA and DOT to finalize the strongest possible rule in the coming months in order to ensure carmakers fully comply with the ambitious fuel-economy standards proposed by the Administration in order to reduce the harmful impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment and set our nation on a clear path to energy independence." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Energy. 12 June 2009. "The drastic acceleration of greenhouse gas emissions has often been concentrated in low-income and minority communities, putting these vulnerable populations on the `front lines' of the fight against environmental degradation and global climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Barbara Lee voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Commemorates Earth Day 2009. 22 April 2009. "Thankfully, President Obama and his administration have set a bold agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I further applaud the EPA's recent finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare. This announcement recognizes the need to protect our communities and the global ecosystem by acting immediately to curb carbon pollution."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Nuclear reactor should only be developed if safety and waste issues have been resolved."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Nuclear reactor should only be developed if safety and waste issues have been resolved."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Nuclear reactor should only be developed if safety and waste issues have been resolved."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Nuclear reactor should only be developed if safety and waste issues have been resolved."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Lee Applauds President Obama's Stance On Energy Independence, Climate Change. 26 January 2009. "For eight years the Bush Administration stood in the way of progress on energy independence. Today, President Obama made a bold move in our fight to end our dependence on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ordering the review of the Bush Administration's decision to unjustifiably block California's efforts to combat global warming and promote the use of cleaner, more efficient vehicles on their roads. As a longtime supporter of California's bold agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions I am pleased by today's announcement, which sends a clear signal from the Obama Administration regarding their commitment to work in concert with pioneering efforts at the municipal and state level in the fight against climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on International Climate Talks in Cancun. 1 December 2010. "I urge President Obama and our international counterparts to recommit to the international negotiation process and cooperative efforts to ensure science-based reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions are accomplished in an equitable and verifiable manner. The United States, as the largest historical emitter of greenhouse gas emissions, has a clear leadership role to play in this process. The United States must live up to, and build upon, previous commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mobilize funding for adaptation and clean energy deployment activities in developing nations, as well as to avert forest degradation and deforestation abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Letter to The Honorable Nancy Pelosi and The Honorable Steny Hoyer. 14 December 2010. "Eliminate the wasteful and environmentally-damaging 'coal to liquids' tax subsidy. Over its lifecycle, liquid is responsible for nearly twice the greenhouse gas pollution as conventional fuels. Liquid coal production requires four gallons of water for every gallon of fuel produced. Furthermore, encouraging this fuel would only worsen the damage that coal mining wreaks upon ecosystems and communities. Earlier this year the House passed legislation that had removed this credit from Senate legislation, demonstrating the House's opposition to the extension of this wasteful subsidy." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. The Work of the Energy and Environmental Task Force of the Congressional Black Caucus. 27 April 2009. "As I have said time and time again, there is no way that we can deny the interconnection between our stewardship of the environment and the state of the economy, public health and our communities. The drastic acceleration of greenhouse gas emissions has often been concentrated in low-income and in minority communities putting these vulnerable populations on the front lines, mind you, of the fight against environmental degradation and global climate change. In fact, 71 percent of African Americans live in counties in violation of Federal air pollution standards--that's 71 percent of African Americans--and 78 percent live within 30 miles or within the toxic perimeter of a coal-fired power plant. This is shameful.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Votes to Send Credit Card Bill of Rights to President Obama's Desk. 20 May 2009. "I am disappointed however that the final bill retains language to allow guns in national parks. This language is not only unnecessary but unrelated to the goals of this bill which is to provide critical credit protections to consumers. We cannot continue to allow the gun lobby to hold us hostage to their agenda." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Barbara Lee. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Barbara Lee 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 Barbara Lee in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Barbara Lee a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Barbara Lee in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Barbara Lee Calls for Extension of Assault Weapons Ban. 21 July 2004. "I am strongly opposed to the actions of the NRA and other gun lobbying groups, but I am particularly appalled by their efforts to unleash semi-automatic weapons on the American people. This is not the right for private citizens to bear arms-this is about a right to wage war against their communities. The United States already has the highest overall gun mortality rate of the 36 industrialized countries in the world!" (votesmart.org)

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  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a single payor system and will work to create a public health insurance option."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care. Other or expanded principles: "support mental health parity"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a single payor system and will work to create a public health insurance option."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America. Other or expanded principles: "Prevention and cessation programs on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Attends Signing Of Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act. 30 March 2010. "With rising health care costs and increases in college tuitions, families across this country are facing a tough economic burden. This bill will help those families by providing the necessary resources for our students so they can have access to higher education and ultimately graduate with a degree. This will lead not only to a stronger economy, but a stronger nation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Commemorates 45th Anniversary of the Implementation of Medicare. 1 July 2011. "In all my years in Congress, I have fought vigorously to protect and strengthen Medicare and ensure that all seniors and people with disabilities have access to the vital health care they need and deserve. More recently, my colleagues and I worked tirelessly alongside President Obama to ensure that the health reform legislation passed last year held insurance companies accountable and included a number of cost-saving provisions to strengthen Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Releases Statement On Passage Of Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "When others were pronouncing health reform dying--and the public option dead and buried--we kept on fighting! And we will keep fighting until a final health care bill is on the president's desk that includes not only a strong public option, but provisions to achieve health equity, eliminate health disparities and to limit the rate of increase for those with private plans. This was a historic vote, but we must keep up the fight until we have a final bill on the president's desk. Health care should not just be a privilege for a few; it should and must be a basic human right in the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Supports Historic Health Care Legislation. 21 March 2010. "Tonight, my colleagues and I cast an historic vote to improve the health and wellness of millions of Americans who suffer because they are uninsured and under-insured and because of massive gaps in our nation's health care system. Tonight, I cast my vote for all those people who deserve health care but simply can't afford it. I cast my vote for our senior citizens who will see their prescription drug costs go down. I cast my vote for our children and grandchildren, so that they can live longer, fuller and healthier lives. I cast my vote in memory of those people who didn't have preventive care and died prematurely. There is no doubt this bill has flaws. Many of us would have preferred a single-payer system or at least a public option. However, this bill offers vitally important advances for health care - making coverage more affordable and expanding access to much needed services." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Health Care Reform. 22 March 2010. "Last night, my colleagues and I cast a historic and monumental vote to improve the health and wellness of millions of Americans who suffer because they are uninsured and under-insured and because of massive gaps in our nation's health care system. I spend a lot of time in emergency rooms with my 85 year old mother and my sister who has Multiple Sclerosis. I see these people--the uninsured. They are desperate. Many are hard working people who may have lost their jobs, or simply fallen on hard times, or have never even had the opportunity to make their way in society. Some of them can't hold a job because they are chronically ill. This is simply unacceptable. So, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus cast our votes for all those people who deserve health care but simply can't afford it. We cast our votes for our senior citizens who will see their prescription drug costs go down. We cast our votes for our children and grandchildren, so that they can live longer, fuller and healthier lives. We cast our votes in the memory of those people who didn't have preventive care and died prematurely." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Health Care is a Right, not a Privilege. 28 July 2009. "47 million uninsured in the wealthiest and the most powerful country in the world is unconscionable. Health care should not be a privilege, which is what it is right now; it should be a right. The average American pays an extra $1,100 a year in premiums to support a broken system. Premiums have doubled in 9 years, growing three times faster than wages. Our health care reform plan does not, mind you, it does not call for a government takeover. We intend to lower cost, have no more copays or deductibles for preventive care, and an annual cap on out-of-pocket expenses. If you like your doctor or your plan you can keep it. And yes, a real robust public option keeps health care costs down for those who choose private insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Letter to President Obama. 16 May 2011. "By converting the current Medicaid system into a block grant indexed to inflation and population growth, Congress would shift the burdens of rising health care costs and an aging population onto the states. Within a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office, federal contributions to Medicaid would decrease by nearly 35 percent under a block grant system. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report, this would lead to a loss of nearly $122 billion in federal Medicaid funds in California, leading to cuts in benefits and more restrictive eligibility requirements. If you sign any such legislation into law, California could see nearly 5 million more uninsured residents by the end of the decade. While we agree on the need to address the nation's long-term deficits, shifting the costs of Medicaid expenditures such as nursing facilities and hospice care onto individuals not only creates excessive hardship on families with aging relatives, it does little to alleviate rising health care costs. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicaid spending grew significantly slower (4.6 percent) per capita than private insurance premiums (7.7 percent) over the past decade. Additionally, changing the Medicaid program now could have negative effects on implementation of health care reform as California counties have been leading the effort in California. In fact, the waiver they received recently from the Administration should not only expand outpatient care and reduce hospital readmissions, but also produce major savings in Medicaid over time due to changes in how health care is provided." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Stands with the American People and Votes Against the Repeal of Health Reform. 11 July 2012. "Today, Barbara Lee (D-CA) stood with the American people and voted against the repeal of healthcare reform which is already protecting patients and improving healthcare for millions of seniors and families. [¦] 'Americans have spoken loud and clear about the need for reliable and affordable health care for all and I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010,' said Rep. Lee." (lee.house.gov)

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  • Barbara Lee. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Applauds Administration Decision to Suspend Deportations of Law Abiding Immigrants. 19 August 2011. "Yesterday, the Obama Administration took an important step toward fixing our broken immigration system. For too long, law abiding immigrants, military families, parents, students and youth have been unfairly targeted for deportation -- barring them from the American Dream. We are a nation of immigrants, and comprehensive immigration reform is crucial for the future of our country. I applaud the Administration's decision and look forward to working with the White House and my colleagues in Congress toward comprehensive immigration reform that will honor the contributions that immigrants make to our country.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Solis, Capito, Slaughter and 31 Other Members of Congress Urge Ridge to Help Maria Suarez. 21 April 2004. "Based on the BPT's findings, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger granted Ms. Suarez parole on December 16, 2003. However, immigration laws were amended in 1996 to provide for the deportation of long-term legal permanent residents who had been convicted of crime. As a consequence, persons wrongly convicted of a crime in America must still be deported, despite their innocence. However, it is our understanding that the United States Department of Homeland Security has the authority to dismiss removal proceedings under certain compelling circumstances. In this regard, we urge you to allow Ms. Suarez to remain in the United States with her family." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. 15 December 2005. "I rise in strong opposition to this bill. At best, this legislation is unbalanced; it is harsh, and it is unfair. Quite frankly, I think it is very un-American. It criminalizes millions of hardworking people simply for being undocumented. It would turn local law enforcement into deputies of the border patrol, and innocent people will be needlessly scrutinized and jailed. I can only imagine how this irresponsible provision will affect racial profiling of Hispanics and other minorities. This bill also ignores due process and would expand the government's ability to keep noncitizens locked up behind bars if they cannot be deported to their native countries. Jailed immigrants will lose the ability to appeal a deportation order.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Lee Speaks Out Against Anti-Immigrant Legislation. 14 July 2011. "The legislation that Mr. Smith introduced does nothing to reform our immigration system and is designed only to derail the progress made by the President and this country on this critical issue. It is shameful that immigrants, including promising young students who could have afforded college under the DREAM Act, are being threatened by this Republican ploy. I stand on the side of law-abiding immigrants, parents separated from their children, military families, and other immigrants who should not be a priority for deportation. We are a nation of immigrants, and comprehensive immigration reform is crucial for the future of our country. We cannot and will not be distracted by this blatantly partisan move." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "We need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Increase quota for refugees and family reunification"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "We need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals."
  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Barbara Lee Calls for the Passage of the DREAM Act. 2 December 2010. "Today, I join Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, Mayor-elect Jean Quan, the Alameda Labor Council, and Oakland labor leaders and faith leaders in calling for the immediate passage of the DREAM Act before the end of the 111th U.S. Congress. I would be remiss if I did not admit that we are deeply disappointed that we did not bring home comprehensive immigration reform during these last two years -- which we all know is so desperately needed. However, over these upcoming weeks, we have the real and present opportunity to bring 825,000 children and young people out of the shadows by passing and signing into law the long awaited DREAM Act. This legislation would allow young adults to legalize their immigration status if they were brought to the U.S. before their 16th birthday, show good moral character, and attend college or serve in the military. And I believe it represents the best of American values. The idea that if you work hard and serve your country, then the only limit to what you make of yourself is the limit of your imagination. And for the thousands of undocumented children currently in U.S. elementary and high schools, America is indeed their country. For many, English is the only language they speak; and the U.S. is the only home they know. Although immigration reform has unfortunately become a heated partisan issue, I do not believe that any one of us -- left or right; black, white, Latino, or Asian -- believes it is the mark of a fair and just country to punish children for the actions of their parents. To subject kids to a lifetime of limited opportunities for an immigration status they did not choose and cannot control is both unjust and grossly unfair." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "I am pleased that the President renewed many of his previous commitments, including for comprehensive immigration reform, which is in the best interest of our nation and should not be a partisan issue." (votesmart.org)

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  • Barbara Lee. 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)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Releases Statement on California Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Proposition 8. 26 May 2009. "Today's decision by the California Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8 is not the outcome that I had hoped for. However, I remain encouraged by the court's decision to affirm the marriages of the 18,000 couples who married prior to the Proposition 8 vote. Californians have and will continue to lead the struggle for equality on all fronts. I intend to continue to pursue protections for LGBT individuals and their families here in Congress.'" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Barbara Lee voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Barbara Lee voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Barbara Lee voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Barbara Lee. 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?"
  • Barbara Lee. 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: "Public funding of elections"
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Applauds Federal Court's Decision to Overturn Proposition 8. 4 August 2010. "Today's decision by the U.S. District Court to overturn Proposition 8 is a victory for the many thousands of committed couples in the state of California and for equal rights everywhere. It is my hope that as we continue this fight, this decision will stand and reaffirm that marriage is a civil right guaranteed under the constitution. This ruling moves our nation one step further in the long march toward ensuring equal protections and rights for all people." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee Applauds Passage of New York Same-Sex Marriage Law. "I am extremely pleased to learn that the New York State Senate voted in the interest of equality for all New Yorkers. Denying civil rights based solely on sexual orientation is never acceptable and I am encouraged that New York State has taken this step towards ending discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Although there are still many challenges facing the LGBT community, this historic vote shows the tremendous progress we are making towards true equality for all. I look forward to the day when residents of other states, including California, will be able to share these equal rights. As a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I have continually opposed such efforts at the federal level to limit individual liberties and enshrine inequalities in existing laws and policies. I will continue to contribute to this fight until equal rights are enjoyed by all Americans." (votesmart.org)

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  • Barbara Lee. Letter to President Obama. 4 May 2011. "The death of Osama Bin Laden certainly does not represent an end to Al-Qaeda. As we seek a future free of the threat of global terrorism, we must work to implement smart security policies that are both effective and sustainable. Ending the war in Afghanistan is a critical step toward refocusing U.S. resources and security assets to serve that vital purpose." (votesmart.org)
  • Deborah Fink. Ames Tribune: Deborah Fink: Drone use santizies carnage " for us. 12 July 2012. "In casting the lone vote against granting broad war powers to the executive branch in 2001, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said, 'Let us not become the evil we deplore.'" (www.amestrib.com)
  • Barbara Lee. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support free and fair trade."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Barbara Lee. 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?"
  • Barbara Lee. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. 23 June 2001. "There is no military solution in Afghanistan. And in a world where terrorism can emanate from the tribal regions of Yemen or a hotel room in Germany, we cannot adequately address these challenges through a military-first, boots-on-the-ground strategy. It is clear that occupying states and nation-building does not make for effective counterterrorism, and the financial and human costs of continuing this war are indefensible." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Hearing of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee - House Democracy Partnership. 13 April 2011. "Perhaps more critical than the direct cost of our international affairs programs, is the enormous economic savings we yield from strengthening economic and diplomatic relationships, addressing the root causes of terrorism and instability, and preventing conflicts before they start. For instance, estimates of the cost per year to maintain a U.S. soldier in the field are as much as ten times that of deploying a civilian aid worker. The Foreign Assistance Act, signed into law on September 4, 1961, reaffirmed, and I quote, `the traditional humanitarian ideals of the American people and its commitment to assist people in developing countries to eliminate hunger, poverty, [and] illness.' The myriad of challenges we face around the globe have grown, ranging from the rise of multinational terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to climate change. The international affairs budget is directly tied to our ability to meet these challenges. The only question is if we have the resolve to empower United States diplomatic and development agencies by providing them the resources they require to do their vital work -- I believe we do." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Barbara Lee supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "While over regulation is a legitimate issue and should be addressed on a case-by-case basis, strong regulation in many areas, like the financial industries sector, can and should be strengthened not reduced."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. 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."
  • Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Barbara Lee Responds to State of the Union. 2 February 2005. "The President talked about his plan to privatize Social Security tonight and it's important to recognize that he's misleading America on Social Security, just like he did on Iraq. Social Security has problems that can be fixed with minor adjustments, but the President's privatization scheme makes matters worse, not better. We just can't afford a scheme that cuts benefits and turns a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Op-Ed: Straight Talk on Social Security. 25 February 2005. "People should understand that the centerpiece of what the president has proposed, diverting funds from payroll taxes to create private accounts, does nothing to address his so-called "crisis." In fact, by diverting $2 trillion from the Trust Fund over the first decade to pay for these accounts, it actually makes matters much worse." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. The Repeal Republicans Side With The Insurance Industry To Repeal Popular Benefits Of Health Reform. 27 April 2010. "When Democrats fought to close the doughnut hole and strengthen Medicare by extending its solvency, the Repeal Republicans sided with the insurance industry and opposed it. Now they want to repeal it. When Democrats fought to allow children up to the age of 26 stay under their parents' coverage, the Repeal Republicans sided with the insurance industry and opposed it. Now they want to repeal it. And when Democrats fought to ban caps on coverage, the Repeal Republicans sided with the insurance industry and opposed it. Now they want to repeal it. We really shouldn't be surprised. The Repeal Republicans are the same ones who want to dismantle Medicare as we know it and who want to privatize Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Tri-Caucus Minority Health Bill. 28 April 2005. "Instead of privatizing social security and cutting Medicaid, our President should help African Americans, Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders and Native Americans live longer, healthier lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Barbara Lee. Wars and the Deficit. 30 June 2010. "Several years ago, the Republicans, let me remind you, they wanted to privatize Social Security. Democrats said, 'no'. Can you imagine what would have happened to seniors had their retirements been given to Wall Street given Wall Street's greed and given their irresponsibility? Their lives would be shattered." (votesmart.org)

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California Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) Spending

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

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decrease2) Military hardware
Eliminate3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Greatly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Bloated Pentagon budget for outdated cold war weapons should be slashed. Waste fraud and abuse in all programs should and must be addressed. The Pentagon must be audited and held accountable for spending.

2) 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.

Greatly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories

Appropriate realignments of tax brackets (and lower tax bracket percent of the lowest income earners) to move more truly middle class tax payers into lower brackets is appropriate - just as the re-establishment of higher tax brackets for the truly wealthy is appropriate. Our tax system must be simplified and more progressive to address the need of working families, the huge wealth gap between rich and poor and the policies of the past Administrations which have resulted in a massive squeeze on the middle class.

NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

While a balanced budget should and must be a goal, there are circumstances which would warrant an exception.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

While over regulation is a legitimate issue and should be addressed on a case-by-case basis, strong regulation in many areas, like the financial industries sector, can and should be strengthened not reduced.

Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Nof) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

I support public financing of campaigns and will continue to work for its enactment.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nog) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

Nuclear reactor should only be developed if safety and waste issues have been resolved.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support a single payor system and will work to create a public health insurance option.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

We need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Nod) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

I support free and fair trade.

NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
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.