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Jackie Speier's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 14, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 14
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Jackie Speier has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jackie Speier is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • “Congresswoman Speier believes that every woman in this country must have access to reproductive health care services and is committed to protecting the right to choose.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Well, Mr. President, the American people did not spend the last 7 1/2 years deregulating Wall Street. You did. The American people didn't spend $12 billion a month on an unnecessary war. You did. The American people didn't come up with the idea to give tax breaks to oil companies. You did.” (
  • “This evening I voted to protect the middle class and prevent a tax increase for 98% of Americans. I am proud to vote for my constituents, many of whom told me how a tax increase would impact their lives.” (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The American middle class and good American jobs were the losers in the passage of the misguided budget resolution. The big winners were oil companies who get $4 billion annually in taxpayer subsidies, corporations that get tax deductions for shipping jobs overseas and millionaires who get a $150,000 tax cut.” (
  • Signed a letter stating “We are working in good faith to meet our responsibilities and achieve the goals set out in last week's agreement to open the government and avoid default. All House Democrats and some Republicans voted for that agreement. By acting now to take the threat of another shutdown or default off the table you can provide certainty and economic relief that American families and privates businesses desperately need.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “This evening I voted to protect the middle class and prevent a tax increase for 98% of Americans. I am proud to vote for my constituents, many of whom told me how a tax increase would impact their lives.” (
  • “I support lower corporate tax rates if many of the tax loopholes in the current code are eliminated. I would be willing to support allowing the repatriation of profits from overseas subsidiaries at reduced rates if the money is reinvested in creating jobs rather than funding dividends.” (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Since implementing No Child Left Behind, over 70 billion dollars originally authorized has been left out of President Bush's budgets resulting in thousands of inadequately-funded schools.” (
  • “Currently 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and a consortium of school districts from California received waivers from the U.S. Department of Education to be exempt from its overly rigorous and inflexible requirements. It is vital that Congress pass a new, bipartisan authorization as soon as possible.” (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” (
  • “So far, I have opposed the Keystone XL pipeline, a measure to defund executive action on immigration, the 54th attempt to attack the Affordable Care Act, and a delay in key provisions of Dodd-Frank.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry – representing jobs in all fifty states – to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses.” (
  • “Congresswoman Speier has been a champion for protecting our environment and moving America toward a clean energy economy throughout her career in California and Washington. She continues to lead efforts to fight global warming, preserve clean air and water, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, create millions of jobs in clean energy manufacturing and innovation, and put public health above the interests of big polluters every step of the way in Congress.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “Thank you for your leadership in responding to the serious challenge of climate change. We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change.” (
  • “California's investment in carbon reduction, renewable energy, and energy efficiency has proven that we do not have to choose between economic growth and environmental protection. We can and must do both.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • “Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system.” (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The Affordable Care Act established that being a woman is not a preexisting condition. We owe female servicemembers the same access to contraception and family planning services as the women they fight to protect.” (
  • “So the Affordable Health Care Act really is going to say: 'No longer are women second class citizens.' We are just as good as men. Thank you.” (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The President's Executive Action improves national security and safety as we focus resources on those undocumented immigrants who pose a legitimate threat to our communities, instead of families and children.” (
  • “Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) stood in solidarity with a group of immigrants, labor leaders, religious leaders and others for the 'Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship' at the steps of the U.S. Capitol yesterday and has abstained from eating for a day to show support.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “This is a time for celebration and it is also a time to remember the work ahead of us. We have come so far, but this is only the beginning of our work for LGBT rights. Marriage isn't the final goal – equality is the goal.” (
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The National Security Agency’s sweeping access to Americans’ phone and internet data is a disturbing trend in privacy erosion under the guise of national security. Under a top secret court order, large telecom carriers are now required to provide information on all telephone calls both from foreign and domestic sources in their systems, in an 'ongoing, daily basis.'” (
  • “It is time to stand firmly with the President and the Administration as they pursue a diplomatic end to a powderkeg situation. […] The diplomatic course, though neither simple nor quick, is the best path forward to achieving this goal.” (
  • “Given the lack of a clear exit strategy and the fact that we have already spent $1 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing military operations in Libya is something our nation simply cannot afford.” (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” (


Candidate Answer

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

Inferred Answer

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

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

California State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as partial birth abortion.
h) Support amending the California Civil Code to state that human life begins at conception.
i) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Maintain Funding Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
Slightly Decrease Fundingh) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain StatusF) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Slightly Increasek) Vehicle taxes
Slightly Increasel) Other or expanded categories

Bridge tolls should increase to pay for mass transit

Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesn) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noo) Should California legalize gambling in specific cities in order to generate tax revenue?
p) Other or expanded principles

Retail sold over the Internet are already subject to California sales tax and should remain so.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform.
Noa) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California governors?
Nob) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California state senators?
Noc) Do you support the current three term, six year limit for California assembly members?
Yesd) Do you support amending the term limit law to allow voters to place a current legislator on the ballot who would otherwise be ineligible to run for re-election?
e) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesi) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesj) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Nok) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in California are closed?
l) Do you support allowing voter registration on Election day?
Yesm) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Non) Should California restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Xo) Other or expanded principles

I support a 12 year term limit for all these offices and have consistentlysince 1980 on the San Mateo Board of Supervisors.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Increase state funds for the construction, renovation, and expansion of local jails and juvenile detention centers.
c) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in California.
e) Support placing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in California.
Xf) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xh) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Support .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Support funding for alternative sentencing programs for juvenile offenders.
Xm) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xn) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
o) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xp) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
Xq) Amend the "three-strikes" law so that it is applied only when the third offense is a serious or violent felony.
r) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xc) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xd) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support public schools administering high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase state funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Increase the length of the public school year to provide additional hours of classroom instruction.
Xo) Other or expanded principles

I strongly support education funding and will try to maintain funding despite the state budget deficit.

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Create a state "living wage" standard.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

I have supported a minimum wage that is adequate to live on, and indexing the minimum wage.

Affirmative Action: Should the following state agencies take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xc) Support a bond for clean air, parks, and water conservation programs.
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Nof) Should California purchase the utility lines of power companies?
Nog) Should California sell state bonds to create an emergency fund for the purchase of energy?
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in California.
Xh) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xi) Require labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered products.
j) Eliminate the requirement that health care facilities must provide non-emergency medical assistance to illegal immigrants.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xe) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
Xi) Support tax credits to developers for the construction of low income housing.
j) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, in a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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